The case of arrest, handcuffing and stripping for search of an Indian lady diplomat by US agencies has created an outrage in India that has resulted in retaliatory actions by the Indian government against the US embassy and diplomats in Delhi and is sure to cause irritation if not
disturbance in the Indo-US relations. While the incident itself is not of special interest here, it is the reaction that puts the Indian government and people on the same page that is interesting for the Pakistani public. The incident shows that huge offense has been caused across the board in a country that sees itself as an emerging world power. In an address to parliament, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said it was his duty to bring the lady back to restore her dignity and that he would do it at any cost.
While one can be of various opinions about the incident, i.e. the alleged underpayment of a domestic servant by the diplomat and the American reaction it is the reaction back home in India that shows the amount of national pride and coherence that is present in our neighboring country.
Would such a reaction have been possible in case of a Pakistani diplomat? Would the Pakistani government have stood so steadfast by its diplomat rightly or wrongly? Look at our media talk shows they are misleading nation on issue of sovereignty and drone attacks that are killing civilian, children and women by merely moving resolution in UN. Who respects this toothless lion UN resolutions are like the ones on Kashmir. It is this aspect of the matter that should give us food for thought about the state of our country, our leaders and the nation.
Ali Ashraf Khan
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