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The Touchstone of Chaste

October 25, 2010

A couple of weeks back I read about Angelina Jolie’s candid reporting to United Nations after her visit to flood-stricken Pakistan. She was clearly disappointed after observing the wide gap between the flood affected population and the ruling elite.

In her report to UN, Angelina recommended that UN should ask Pakistan government to cut down on it’s extravagance expenses before asking the aid from the world. She further expressed her frustration upon the fact that Prime Minister Gillani’s family was more interested in dining with her and had the audacity of presenting her with expensive gifts.

These words may sound bitter to some… right? But who can deny the veraciousness of her statements as everyone knows how the ruling party makes the hay while the sunshines. Angelina Jolie’s honest remarks were not as shocking as Pakistani news analyst Talat Hussain’s irrational article was. In his Urdu column written for Daily Express (Oct 24th 2010), he erratically censures Jolie’s character. One feels pity for the columnist that he had nothing better to write than to criticize a western celebrity who spent some time with ravaged people, donated $100,000 and did her honest bit of reporting.

Talat Hussain unleashes a series of infantile remarks about Jolie and as the moral touchstone digs out the Article 62 and 63 of Pakistan’s Constitution which lays down the selection criteria for the parliamentarians. It is beyond me to decipher the connection between the constitution and Jolie.

Since he brought in the constitution so I can’t help noting down that there is one thing which sets apart Jolie and the Pakistani politicians; the former exhibited utmost honesty in her dealing and statements while the later employ all the cunning means to cloak their vile characters with false piety. Can we invoke the Article 62 and 63 of the Pakistan Constitution now?

Talat Hussain questions Jolie’s education and ambassadorship skills and claims that Jolie’s fantastic PR helped her become the UNHCR Good Will Ambassador. The UNCHR website states about the appointment of their Good Will Ambassadors:

The UN refugee agency is lucky to be able to call on a small group of VIP friends who have reached the top in their chosen professions and who use their influence and popularity to help spread awareness about UNHCR’s work, raise funds for its operations and lobby governments. They complement the work of UNHCR’s most valuable asset – our national and international staff around the world.

Had Mr. Hussain spent a minute on that page he would have gotten his answer.

I wonder how Talat Hussain would have reacted if Jolie had offered an adoption from Pakistan? Jolie’s quite sensible reply to a question about adoption from Pakistan was:

Asked if she would consider adopting a child from Pakistan, Jolie —a mother-of-six including three adopted children from abroad —said she would not consider it because of religious sensitivities.

“There are different feelings about adoption in Muslim countries so I would never consider adjusting those rules,” she said, adding that there were other ways to sponsor a child.

It is better to ignore ignominious views such as expressed by Talat Hussain but sometimes the heights of irrationality is so surprising that one can’t help stop and wonder. Yes, Mr. Hussain, I’m not Jolie’s fan either but like you I don’t test people on the touchstone of virtue. For me either they are honest or dishonest… beyond that everything falls in the realm of one’s ‘personal’ life and the norms of civilized world expect us not to tread that.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 12:22 am

    I wish, I wish she could sponsor some Pukhtana kids so that our Pukhtana would come out from dark and see the light but she would never do that. As someone told me recently that she did not go there to help flood victims but she went there to see if she can make a movie on them.

    Allah knows best.

    • October 28, 2010 7:30 pm

      I don’t think a person who is not intended to help would donate $100,000, which according to the reports were more than what Zardari or Gillani (personally) donated.

  2. October 27, 2010 12:42 am

    “She further expressed her frustration upon the fact that Prime Minister Gillani’s family was more interested in dining with her and had the audacity of presenting her with expensive gifts.”

    Nice that she knows how we feel.

    Talat is a douchebag. He’s just whoring himself out for Publicity. And now his own reputation is getting dragged through faeces.

  3. October 27, 2010 6:56 pm

    A big fan of both Jolie and Talat Hussian…and all I can say is perhaps Mr. Hussain’s recent experiences in the flotilla have left him with a little bit of PTSD…

    • October 28, 2010 7:33 pm

      Not after that piece. It was an exceptionally low demonstration of thoughts.

  4. October 29, 2010 8:04 am

    I thought the Pitt-Jolies donated a million of their personal money.

    And Ayesha I am just saying its unusual of TH to behave in such nonsensical manners…

    • October 29, 2010 5:56 pm

      They’d personally donated in 2005 earthquake. I’m not sure about now. However, her donation for the flood victims got a lot of mention.

  5. October 29, 2010 8:05 am

    well well well…
    seems You all people are just chasing Talat. well criticizing isn’t a bad thing but if it is constructive and also of your own and not the copied one.
    Am new at blog writing and is following you and some of your friends’s blogs.
    but honestly you all are making Me desperate by posting such kinda blogs.
    One posted and then without thinking, without observing and Am sure without Reading the issue and without Investigating everyone is posting the same blog with a little differences, but with same Theme.

    thats wrong
    that shouldn’t be done

    so here I have tried to give a different look to the issue. Lets see you are convinced or not…

    A Deeper Look

  6. October 29, 2010 8:59 am

    Mrs Clinton recently said something along similar lines, the whole world is saying it. I totally agree with Angie on this, in fact she probably didn’t say enough!


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