Sharif ask aides to explain Indians on ‘dehati aurat’ remarks
Pakistani Journo who was present at the event denies such words from Sharif
New York: The ‘dehati aurat’ comment attributed to him is learnt to have upset Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who in immediate damage-control, sent a message to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh that he never used such a language against him.
According to senior Pakistani officials here, Sharif directed his close aides to get in touch with Indian officials as soon as he came to know that a controversy had erupted over the purported comments.
Sharif is understood to have tasked his Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani to pass on the message to Singh on the factual position that he never used such a language against him. It was early in the morning that Jilaini called National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to explain him the Pakistani position.
According to sources, Menon told Jilaini that he has already verified the authenticity of such a statement and is aware about the factual position.
Menon is believed to have told Jilani that the Prime Minister is also been informed about it. This came as a big relief to the Pakistani delegation and the Prime Minister Sharif.
Earlier, a Pakistani journalist who was present at the breakfast hosted by Nawaz Sharif denied that the Prime Minister had used any word like ‘dehati aurat’ for Singh.
He, however, said Sharif was not pleased that Singh ‘complained’ against Pakistan when he met US President Barack Obama in Washington.
Absar Alam, anchorperson Aaj TV of Pakistan said, “He never uttered any such word”. He said that Sharif made his displeasure known by citing an anecdotal story.
“The story goes like this – after a party all people sleep in a hall. One of them wakes up next morning and starts praying. In his prayers he says Allah! Look I am praying to you while all these others are sleeping. Some other person woke up and heard him. He told him why not you concentrate on your prayers instead of complaining against us,” he said.