By Zeenat Rehman
The philanthropist, soft-hearted world’s number one female actress, Angelina Julie is not at all happy with her visit to Pakistan to see the flood victims. She came here, held the hands of the victims, made donations, stood up with the miseries of the people, denied any photo sessions, met with the aid agencies, but then she talks about the darker side of the things.
She is not happy with the attitude of the authorities and the government, who were more interested in toeing her line, watching her make movements, trying to please her while pushing the flood victims. She was also perturbed at the Prime Minister’s wish that his family wanted to meet him. Prime Minister’s family was especially flown down all the way from Multan to Islamabad and they presented expensive gifts to Jolie and had a sumptuous meal with her.
She said that she was feeling awful at that time to see so much food at the table, suffice for hundreds of flood victims who were fighting like crazy to get a small bag of flour and a small bottle of water. She was ill at ease when she saw the interior of lavish Premier house and some of the government buildings and the chartered planes and other such luxuries, when there was so much misery outside.
In her report to the United Nations, she has recommended UN to ask Pakistani government to first cut down on their expenses and to first cut down their luxuries before asking the aid from the world.
How true she is.
Source: The Pakistani Spectator, A Candid Blog
Khaleej Times Online > EDITORIAL
Jolie spills the beans
10 October 2010 It is said a friend in need is a friend indeed. Similarly, friendly advices are often hard to come, as people prefer to play to the gallery or try to avoid an embarrassing situation by calling a spade a spade.
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie, however, was categorical and realistic to the core when she made a candid observation on her visit to flood-ravaged Pakistan. Jolie, who raised funds for the deluged Pakistanis, said that she was not happy with her visit as she felt that authorities concerned were more interested in photo ops with dignitaries and are less or least bothered about the impending human tragedy at hand. This demands genuine courage to say it so many words. And Jolie did that right away.
In her report to the United Nations, Jolie who is also UNHCR’s goodwill ambassador and has been to flashpoints across the world, recommended the UN to ask Pakistani government to cut down on their luxurious expenses before asking for aid from the world at large. What compelled her to say it in no small words is anybody’s guess. But she has inevitably made a point. The dual-standards at work in Pakistan, and for that matter in any developing country, when it comes to addressing pressing issues of humanitarian aid, is no rocket science to observe and interpret. Moreover, governments profess of austerity measures and at the same time indulge in extravaganzas at the cost of taxpayers’ money. Jolie says she was perturbed to see that no less than the prime minister’s family was interested in dining with her in fanfare and bonanza, and had the audacity of doling out expensive gifts. No doubt, Jolie is a celebrity but she was in Pakistan at a time of national tragedy, and that too to offer a helping hand. It is quite natural that she was disturbed to see dichotomy at work in the corridors of power. And that too at a time when the incumbent political dispensation is in the range of fire on alleged charges of corruption and mis-governance. She is right in saying that charity begins at home. One can only hope Jolie’s advice and regrettable feelings would spur some introspection.
Pakistani Responses on the blog:
saeed khan on September 26th, 2010 :
Angelina Jolie, has spoken the truth, many Pakistanis, wish to help flood victims, think alike.
I don’t wish to curse the evil, or predict their end either. Wait, and See,
Kashif on September 27th, 2010:
Will we ever change? I mean these Zardaris and Gillanis are a reflection of us, we all are like that—————Jaisi Qaum Waisay Sardar
Arias on September 27th, 2010:
Angelina Jolie for President (of Pakistan).
Like she or any sane person would do better than zardari
Ammar on September 27th, 2010:
Could you cite any sources for this write-up or is this your opinion? While more efforts are needed we must also acknowledge the good work that is being done, so bickering won’t do any good be a part of rebuilding
Asam on September 27th, 2010:
Well, this link is telling a different story altogether: S
Hira Mir on September 27th, 2010:
Seems to be an interesting made up story, without authenticity. Do not flow more depression into the nation than there already is. We must unite to support our brethren rather than such write ups.
Junaid qadri on September 27th, 2010:
Zillat hi Zillat, Ruswai hi Ruswai Pakistan ki aur Pakistanio ki: Kia dia hey iss govt. iss key siway
Farukh Sarwar on September 27th, 2010:
Cutting down the expenses is perhaps a very pertinent request and I believe the government is already doing a lot in this regards.
Aftab S. Alam on September 27th, 2010:
3. Arias “Angelina Jolie for president (of pakistan). Like she or any sane person would do better than zardari”
Why her? Why not you —— you sound like a “sane person” to me.
Sadia Hussain on September 29th, 2010 :
Corruption can never be taken in a lighter vein, accountability is needed across the board and more so for a country in Pakistan whose track record is questionable in proper utilization of funds. Democracy has revived after nearly a decade and for strengthening democratic regimes the donors are playing a vital role
Zahid on October 9th, 2010:
I believe every word of it to be accurate. If you remember Gilani’s son attending the wedding of Shoaib Malik/Sania Mirza to show off in a so called “high profile” gathering.
khalidm on October 9th, 2010 :
Poverty is classified in to two broad groups,
1. Financial poverty from Almighty and is accepted as NORM
2. Mental Poverty, self acquired. Our Prime minster, President and whole of the \political \ bureaucracy \civil and? are suffering from this type.
khalidm on October 9th, 2010 :
Basit Yousuf on October 9th, 2010:
Why we have too much faith on the media. We usually believe what they write, broadcast and market. My comment is based on the story of SIALKOT where mob had beaten two youngsters. At first day I was so concerned that this is INSANITY and CRUELTY to kill a human like this. Second day, I rad a different story in newspaper that they both were robbers and were trying to rob a bus or some individuals and when an individual identified them they shot fire on him and killed him. Then my mindset had changed a little and again next day newspaper confirmed again that they were not robbers but innocent. At one side an MNA’s statement is different from media. So now even SEEING IS BELIEVING (On Media) doesn’t works.
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@Asam on October 11th, 2010:
He can’t be that goooood actor Asam
cmon Angelina, r u serious?
Angelina got impressed by his acting of showing that he loves his people!
Zed. on October 11th, 2010 :
At least somebody had the balls to speak up! Way to go Jolie!
These dogs need to be taught a lesson for sure!
Babar Haq on October 12th, 2010:
The author does not mention source for this. Interestingly I could not find any other link talking about Jolie saying all this.
Sifting through BS: ‘Jolie not happy with her visit to Pakistan’ « Pakipedia on October 12th, 2010:
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salma on October 12th, 2010 :
Angelina Jolie is no angel. I dont much like women like her BUT ….what she has said is so right. We are like the nations of Aad and Thamud and Madyan and Lut. And I fear we will end up like them too. She may be forgiven on the day of judgement for her loose morals because she harms only herself but we as a nation will never be forgiven. We claim to be Muslims and yet our actions are pure simlple KUFR.I am disgusted to hear the things she said about us and my head hangs in shame.
Ajmal Abbasi on October 12th, 2010:
Angelina Jolie has unveiled the dirty face of our rulers who boast to serve the country but in fact just trying to bag as much luxury as they can during their tenure. This is really pathetic situation and at the time when country is having such a big disaster, we have a huge team of ministers enjoying fully on the wealth of poor nation.
Shame on such rulers! We need change; we need leader like Imran Khan to save this country.
Naveed on October 12th, 2010:
I would only say…MAY ALLAH FORGIVE US SO WE CAN BE EASED OF THIS KIND OF ERA…AMEEN
THIS IS ALL DUE TO OUR SINS AS WE HAVE BEEN RULED BY ALIKE PEOPLE…
Sonny on October 12th, 2010:
I think some people are missing the point, whether she said it or not we all know what the current government is worth, Mr Gilani’s she’s come from Italy along with his suits, and the same goes to Zardari and we surely cannot argue over his position on corruption and amassing/looting Pakistani monies and shipping it abroad, and his love for Pakistan is so much that he didn’t even bother to cancel his holidays which he stated was on official business and we all know what that was…as for Gillani well there are reports and gossip in circles that his son is taking money for getting things sorted out via his father the prime minister and anyone who has any connection in Lahore should know this and i believe it’s been reported on TV, plus the amount of corruption his wife has been up to plus the debts he has had wiped off …………………plz these guys were not born multi millionaire and they are living a better life style than millionaire in Europe or the states are living……………….the luxury life styles, the parties they hold …………………..they could feed so many, but if only they carried, but for them this flood disaster is as if its “eid come early”…plenty of money to plunder in the name of disaster relief…………….they even go as far as setting up fake camps and then have been caught a number of times but how low are these leaders that they don’t care and are carrying on as if they are untouchable, in other words they are the pharaohs of today………………….but the reality of it all is that even death came to him…………………..
Asif Abbasi on October 12th, 2010 :
Well Angelina is right.. But she should know that these people of Pakistan vote for Dakku and Luteras like these to get them in power.
As a nation, it is our own fault to have rulers like these…. We have seen in the number of by-elections where people who had taken oath on Quran and cheated were again re-elected. In some cases, when they were barred to take part in election by Supreme Court, these people took to the streets against Supreme Court decision, and elected daughter, wife, etc of the person who was barred.
You have to note that corruption is deep rooted. These rulers are Allah’s azab…. Each one of us is corrupt from head to toe, and we expect to be gifted with rulers like Omar, Abu-Bakr, Ali and Usman R.A.
Wake up, Pakistani nation…
Yousaf on October 12th, 2010:
This is in continuation of the baseless propaganda against the present democratic government.
All prime minters and presidents of the world are enjoying this type of status everywhere.
zia arfeen on October 12th, 2010 :
That’s correct but who can help us to get out from this den of hooliganism …, We are getting these Natural Hadsaat coz of our Behis Leaders…. May Allah protect us from these EVILS?
Masood Usmani on October 12th, 2010 :
Another shameful blow to us. another loss to nation as the nation will suffer the people who are eating luxurious lunches and dinner will continue and the poor people will suffer .
But who cares as the government including the president and the prime minister are least bothered about it , what the rest of the world is saying and what Pakistan and Pakistani nation is losing . They are doing what they best known for plundering the wealth of Pakistan .
Misery of this great nation is that we are not sincere to ourselves. We support or reject person not their deeds. The person we support no matter what he does. we support we don’t look at his/ her action
Classic example is lyari in Karachi, the pathetic condition in which the people are living and can u imagine candidates elected from that constituency have become prime ministers of Pakistan not once but more than 2 times and still the people vote for the same person or party .
This weakness of the people is being and will continue to be used to rob the rights and wealth of this nation. Unless the people themselves take the decision in their owned hand and decide what’s wrong and right for them .
Pakistan and Pakistani nation has the great potential to become a modern developed peaceful respected nation of the world.
We have got one of greatest Human Resource.
We are rich with mineral (World 5th largest copper mine ) one of the largest reserves of coal
We have all four seasons and very very fertile land.
We are nuclear power (which means nobody can dare to threaten our safety )
We have all but one aspect is missing which is a true sincere, honest and competent leader.
I know one such man would make a difference as it has been proved in history times again and again and again that One man has changed the course of the history.
China, Malaysia, turkey are just few examples
Lets pray that ALMIGHTY ALLAH ( S W T ) grant us one such good leader Aameen
Ismail Khan on October 12th, 2010:
100 bulli khaake Angelina Jolie pakistaaan ko chali
Muhammad Ali on October 12th, 2010:
Those who thing it is a made-up article read this from Khaleej Times:
Noor on October 13th, 2010:
She is right! You are super Angelina Jolie!
Angelina Julie is not at all happy with her visit to Pakistan | Geo Tau Aisay Pakistan on October 13th, 2010:
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Sameer on October 14th, 2010 :
Angelina Jolie has spoken the truth. I hope that she can help and teach the Pakistani Government at thin g or two more and our Pakistani government is corrupted and need to get on the straight path.
GOD BLESS PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!