‘Obama wouldn’t have treated US like Zardari did to Pak’

August 8th, 2010 - 3:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama London, Aug.8 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s controversial London trip ended with his speech at a rally in Birmingham during which the ‘beleaguered’ President was shown placards and even bombarded with shoes.

Though the shoe hurling incident was not confirmed, the BBC reported heckling during rally held at the International Convention Centre.

Zardari, who has been criticised for taking the foreign trip while his countrymen struggle to cope with devastating floods, was at the receiving end of public anger during the rally as dozens of people walked out the hall in protest.

“You wouldn’t see Barack Obama leaving America, you wouldn’t see at the time of 7/7 Tony Blair wandering around Europe, said Khadeer Arif, one of the many people who staged a walk out.

“The reality is simple; he was here for his family needs, not for the people of Pakistan.”Zardari rally is ‘family affair’,” Arif said.

Meanwhile, the West Midlands Police said it was investigating the shoe-throwing incident.

“This case will be discussed with the high commission to see how they wish to proceed,” a spokesperson said.

Zardari has received tremendous flak for going ahead with his plans of visiting London while millions of people back home were struggling to cope with one of the worst floods in human memory, but the President said he is being kept up to date with the situation, and added that it was the responsibility of the Prime Minister, who was the country’s “chief executive” to look after relief and rescue work. (ANI)

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