Zardari Faced Shoe Attack in Birmingham

A demonstrator holds a shoe up to to a manipulated photograph of President Zardari of Pakistan outside of the International Convention Centre in central Birmingham on August 7, 2010 as the Zardari speaks to supporters during a visit to England. President Zardari has faced criticism for leaving Pakistan to promote his son's political campaign while the country faces a national crisis due to severe flooding. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

BIRMINGHAM, England — A protestor threw a shoe at President Zardari in protest at his decision to visit UK despite PM Cameron’s insulting comments and the floods crisis in Pakistan. More information to follow on this, including video.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was to attend a rally here Saturday as protesters demonstrated against his presence in Britain during the flooding disaster back home.

Zardari was due to speak at a political event in Birmingham, central England, for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) members and leading figures in the Pakistani community in Britain.

Hundreds of demonstrators from various standpoints gathered outside the International Convention Centre venue in Britain’s second city, chanting and waving placards.

It comes the day after Zardari held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, when the pair agreed to step up their anti-terror cooperation following Cameron’s controversial claims about Pakistani attitudes towards terrorism.

With the flooding disaster affecting up to 15 million people in Pakistan, Zardari has come under fire from some quarters in Pakistan and Britain for continuing with his trip to Europe during the crisis.

Some demonstrators held up shoes to pictures of Zardari, while others held placards reading “1000s dying, president is holidaying”, “Thousands killed, millions homeless, what president is laughing for?” and “Are the Zardaris enjoying England while Pakistan drowns?”.

Mohammed Khalil, a local official from the Tehreek-e-Insaf party headed by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan, was among those protesting against Zardari.

“His own people are dying for food, there’s calamity there,” he told.

“He should be there organising for his own people. Instead he’s here with so many people. The government is paying all the expense for that. That money should be spent on the people of Pakistan, not on himself.”Taji Mustafa, from the Hizb-ut-Tahrir organisation, said Pakistanis were outraged.

“There is no self-respecting leader in the world who in this time of dire national crisis, while people are drowning, he is drowning in enjoyment, he is drowning having lavish dinners in the company of his die-hard supporters,” he said.

Wajid Ali Burkey, a PPP business forums coordinator in Britain, defended Zardari as he went into the event. “In the last 70 years we have not had such a disaster. But I don’t think the president being there or not being there would have made any difference,” he said. The demonstrators “have a right of opinion to believe he should not have come, but I personally believe it is very important.”

The PPP is co-chaired by Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

A PPP spokesman had said Bhutto Zardari would attend the Birmingham event and might speak at it but the 21-year-old on Saturday denied the rally was meant to launch his political career as he opened a donation point at the Pakistani High Commission in London.

The Oxford University history graduate vehemently defended his father’s visit to Europe. “He’s doing the best he can and what he thinks is best to help the people of Pakistan” he said.

One protestor threw a shoe at President Zardari during his address to the conventionin in protest at his decision to visit UK, despite PM Cameron’s insulting comments and the floods crisis in Pakistan.

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7 Responses to Zardari Faced Shoe Attack in Birmingham

  1. Fayza Syed says:

    Zardari u deserve more than ds….nw say >>PAKISTAN KHAPAY<<

  2. Wantpk says:

  3. Naveed Syed says:

    Well done to Hizb ul Tahreer for their demonstration against this traitor

  4. kexter oboh says:

    Every effort should be appreciated in every way..i think this is the only to get more and better in every thing.Thanks for dropping something here.

  5. dr ayesha rauf says:

    saza dayni chaiyeh .. us insan ko jis nay humaray muliq kay president ko joota mara …. saza joota marnay per nahi mila chaiyeh .. balkay joota laga kyun nahi ….. iss liye milna chaiyeh …..

    zardari zilaat kay saath GEO

  6. mahboob a. khawaja says:

    Pakistan’s Shame – Zardari a Gangster

    Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.

    Under “Zardari’s Katrina” (Foreign Policy, Aug 4, 2010), Fatima Bhutto, the niece of late Benazir Bhutto enlightens the readers with sensational insights on Asif Ali Zardari, the self-made president of Pakistan.
    In “Pakistan at Crossroads” (12/2009), it was noted that Dean Nelson of the UK Telegraph (October 07, 2009), had made a pinching observation and asked: “Has Pakistan lost its honour?” The article referred to Dr. A.K Khan’s much appraised Urdu write up “Ghairat” – honor a reflection on the current sad affairs of the nation. There are growing wall posters across the globe that Pakistan is a failed state, it is ruled by thugs and gangsters despised as the Pakistan People Party (PPP), and that Zardari is a known thieve who continues to operate without any impunity from the law and order agencies in Pakistan. Fatima Bhutto is no stranger but an insider of the Bhutto family and quite open to explain the tragic events facing the Pakistani people, not just the raging floods and loss of human lives but all the encompassing miseries, from poverty, human deprivation to moral and intellectual disabilities under the PPP governance.
    While the masses were entrapped in life and death crisis, Mr. Zardari and five of his cabinet ministers were entertaining themselves in London Royal Suite at a daily cost of $11,160. But few conscientious British MP of Pakistani origin refused to meet with Zardari while in the United Kingdom. Is Zardari a fool or a qualified wicked person who does not care for the consequences of his behavior? Rationally, two distinct opposing characteristics such as piety and criminal behavior cannot be combined in one human discipline. There is ample recorded evidence to reflect on Pakistan’s continued shame – Zardari, the president,
    Recently the “Total Truth Sciences” (Google website, March 2010) listed “Ten Ways to Recognize a Fool”: Some of the indicators are quite startling and relevant to Zardari, if not in intent but in recognition of the facts of human personality.
    1. A fool is anyone who despises wisdom, instruction, and
    correction from a proven mentor.
    2. A fool is anyone who refuses to abandon evil even when
    3. A fool is anyone who’s conduct does not change even after
    experiencing the painful consequences of their foolish actions
    4. A fool refuses to admit his mistakes even when his pain is
    the obvious result of his actions.
    Some of the basic facts must be clarified about Mr. Zardari who was not elected president by the people of Pakistan but he camouflaged the outcome of the national assembly elections while his wife Benazir Bhutto was killed in a public rally, and informed sources point out that Zardari forged the will of Miss Bhutto and assumed the co-chairmanship to become president through the backdoor conspiracy and blessings of the US political operatives in Pakistan. It was a done deal through the offices of the US Government that General Musharaf, the former dictator will be given a safe passage outside Pakistan in return to phase-in Zardari to the president house. Currently, General Musharaf is residing in $1.4 million mansion in UK under the British security protection.

    How Zardari became the president, raises many truth seeking eyebrows in Pakistan but he was already known to be Mr. 10%, the corrupt person who was indicted in Pakistan and Switzerland on corruption charges and money laundering scheme of things. You won’t get a straight answer if asked about the legitimacy of Zardari’s presidency. It is a puzzle that remains a puzzle as to how an indicted criminal can assume the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Under the circumstances, Pakistanis appear more and more morally and politically deprived people chastised by God for a deliberate co-existence with the evil doers.

    “Zardari takes lot of overseas trip” describes Fatima Bhutto. Well, Zardari maintains high valued properties in France, Switzerland, UK and Dubai and elsewhere all with stolen money from his homeland, so he must keep the business as usual. The national interest of Pakistan or the sufferings of the flood victims and more than 1400 deaths of Pakistanis are not part of his mental faculties. Zardari is a businessman, and he is making money and doing that all over the world. It is just that his nation is helpless and deprived of any courageous leader to speak out the truth of which Fatima Bhutto is making reflection and all the wicked people all together to rule Pakistan, not to serve the cause of the masses who have lost everything in the floods and whose sufferings are their own, not understood or shared by the ruling elite under Zardari. Pakistan is governed by thieves, so reads a welcome poster in London: “Zardari King of Thieves” and “Zardari 100% Corruption.” What an insult to the common sense of Pakistani people? Could the Pakistani people pretend not to know who Zardari gang is? Could the old generation of Pakistani people see the mirror for keeping such thugs in responsible position? How could you expect any good to come out of the greedy, ignorant and dead ended people?

    If you were to ask Zardari, he would not dare to admit any foolishness or history of corruption and devilish actions but simply will refer it to one of his gang members to deal with it. The type of organized mafia set up in America or Europe. Political corruption is institutionalized in Pakistan and few of the military Generals are accomplice to this profile.

    Often corrupt people are mentally disabled and sick, not being aware of the consequences of their wickedness as they simply cannot visualize the facts of human life in the real world situation except of their own, living in the darkness of evil mongering. If the nature of the sickness is determined, it can be treated and cured but a fool pretends to be president and views all the citizens as eggs and chicken to be slaughtered easily. How do you treat such a person? That is Zardari and his gang governing Pakistan under the guise of the so called democracy. Zardari and his gang have made numerous political surgeries on the body of Pakistan – now more succumbed as a skeleton, and they think, skeleton cannot challenge or harm them and they continue to kick it around as democracy in progress. It is possible that growing resentment and people’s hatred against the corrupt politicians could recur burning lava of ashes to engulf the Zardari regime leaving no room to escape the wrath of the ordinary folks who have sacrificed their lives and efforts to make Pakistan a living reality. Leaders create leaders. They were thieves who came to rob the nation of its precious asset – the ideology of Islamic Pakistan and hope for a promising future for the new generations of young and educated people. It is awful to be hopeful with a stolen future. Yet, these gangsters somehow manage to escape the accountability mechanism and leave the nation in far more worst conditions than when they assumed the political power. Zardari and Bhuttos had no sense of the integrity and honor of Pakistan nor were competent to offer any visionary leadership that Pakistan needed to cope with the global phenomenon of political change and institutionalized development. They lacked basic sense of moral decency and intellectual foresight to think or act like leaders except for the self-interest. Understandably, one cannot deceive all the people, all the time. For sure, Zardari could soon show some change and progress and move from the presidency to prison – the logical conclusion is self-explanatory.

    (Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including: “Muslims and the West: Quest for Change and Conflict Resolution”, University Press of America; How America Lost the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and Mujahideen Won; To America and Canada with Reason, VDM Publishers, 2009; “Pakistan-Enigma of Change”, “ Pakistan’s Strategic Delusion”, “President Obama – War is War, Not Peace”, 2009; and “Is President Obama Remaking America?” Comments are welcome at:

  7. Sarah Khan says:

    Ahhh I wish there was a Video of this incident

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