Pakistan and those shoes

December 17, 2008

It seems that everyone is talking about shoes these days, so much so that I expect the expression “to throw a shoe” will soon acquire a meaning far broader than the original incident.

According to The News in a report from Rawalpindi, “the episode of hurling shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush remained talk of the town, as people belonging to different walks of life expressed their extreme excitement over the incident and praised the ‘brave act’ of the Iraqi journalist. ‘The News’ interviewed a number of people who were all praise for Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi…” it said.

The shoe-throwing has also fired the imagination of the Pakistan blogosphere, providing a perhaps welcome respite to discussion about the extent of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks. Changing up Pakistan (CHUP) has matched up a YouTube video of Bush in Baghdad with footage of protesters hitting a former chief minister of Sindh province with a sandal.

Other blogs are running with a spoof statement from the Pentagon saying the Americans have proof that the shoes had links to Pakistan. 

For the record, the shoes had no link to Pakistan, nor indeed to any of the other countries that laid claim to them. Reuters reporter Waleed Ibrahim tracked down Zaidi’s brother who confirmed the shoes were made in a Baghdad factory. “One hundred percent they are Iraqi-made shoes,” Udai al-Zaidi said.

(Reuters photo: Donated shoes labelled with names of Iraqis who died during the war in Iraq are displayed during a protest in front of the White House in Washington/Molly Riley)



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The Shoe has been traced

The pair of shoes which was thrown at Mr. Bush in
Iraq has links to Pakistan, said a statement from Pentagon. They have the following proofs:
i) The journalist had visited Pakistan earlier this year. There he was inspired by the shoe throwing at former CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim and Sher Afghan Niazi.
ii) He received his training of throwing shoes by a Pakistan based Jihadi organization.
iii) The DNA sample of leather has revealed that the animal whose skin was used for manufacturing the shoe had traces of grass which is grown in North of Pakistan and this skin was collected by a Jihadi organization on Eid-ul-Adha this month.
Hearing this, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have decided to ban the Jihadi organization and launched a country wide crackdown against all the cobblers in Pakistan.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair, that is the funniest thing I have heard long time back.

Posted by Suraj Shrestha | Report as abusive

These muslims are so..uncivilized !!

Posted by Om | Report as abusive

As if hindus like you are any more civilized?

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

I do not understand why we link one’s act to the whole of his/her nation or religion. we have seen jewish cruelty in palestine, indians brutality in occupied Kashmir, gujrat, mumbai, tamil nadu and many other massacre, and others in iraq, afghanistan, but none was linked to chritians, hindus, jewish etc, then why ISLAM, which is the religion of peace and not only for humans but to everybody and everything in this whole universe, i wish i could get a real answer.

Posted by Peace | Report as abusive

Peace agree, some muslims live and say Islam is for peace while other mulsims live and say Islam is for piece.
later one is what currently we are noticing throughout the world.

Posted by Blogger | Report as abusive

Sad you still exist only here. Arent your Imams and Mullahs calling you for JIHAD? And you can reply back with RSS, VHP, and other stupid Hindu organizations calling Hindus – I dont care. RSS, VHP and such worthless organizations have hardly 1% of backing in the true Hindu world. Hindus are more concerned within themselves, like the Caste system, Reservations, Widow-burning, Widow remarriage, Dowry problems, etc – WE DONT HAVE TIME FOR RSS, VHP, etc – WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH MOENY TO SUPPORT OURSELVES and we dont follow our Holy Books about donating money. So, all said, we’re more self-centered and not bothered about spreading Hindu-ism to other places – luckily for us, Westerners still look at Yoga, Meditation (Pranayama) and there is a significant number of others that are openly embracing the ‘TRUE HINDU’ values (which have no relation to VHP, RSS) BY THEIR OWN FREE WILL.
And, if the Cong. govt or the BJP or any govt has the will-power to ban RSS, VHP – you can see a huge number of middle-class Hindus backing that govt on this action. We Hindus do not need such organizations, our faith doesn’t demonize other faiths and doesn’t incite us to kill KAFIRS and impose DHIMMITUDE.
So, my request – HELP ME ISLAM – how? By having JIHAD against the senseless (not all, but only thoese senseless) Mullahs, Imams and Ullemas.
A Humble Hindu

Posted by Help_Me_Islam | Report as abusive

Yeah, Muslims are so uncivilized, they get angry at the death of a million innocent citizens, the “civilized” Western countries are just bombing them to “liberate” them and instead of being thankful they throw shoes at the Western leader.

Posted by Waqas | Report as abusive