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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Pakistan National Assembly resolves to recall (non-existent) envoy from France

I remember that Pongal Test in 1980 at Chepauk when Pak toured India.   In that Series, the  star Batsman Zaheer Abbas failed miserably, getting out to mild Roger Binny;  some Pakis claimed that to be result of some black magic ! .. .. at Chepauk Test -  Sandip Madusudhan  Patil debuted and we so eagerly looked forward to his making runs –  having had glimpse of  him in the net practice before the commencement of the Test.  Sunil Gavaskar was to make 166 and Kapil bowled so well – a 7 wicket haul in the 2nd  essay ensured a comfortable 10 wicket victory for India.  Imran Khan ran in long and hard and bowled fast – took 5 wickets too – those days there were rest days the 4th  day -  18th  Jan was a rest day.  Years later, in Feb 1987, Imran captained Pakis and scored a ton, which was overshadowed by a brilliant 123 laced with 18 fours and 2 sixers by local lad Krishnamachari Srikkanth. 

Today TN Govt has further relaxed lockdown rules, claiming that Covid 19 figures are coming down and things appear under control.  One of the announcements is on allowing 150 people during a cine shooting ! .. .. somehow even during Covid – so much of importance is given to Cinema is in someways irksome !

Indian films have been an increasing hit in China in recent years. Even the Chinese producers are creating remakes of Indian films but despite good political relation, Pakistan movies could not get through with Chinese markets. But now, China is releasing the first Pakistani film in 40 years as Beijing eyes closer diplomatic ties with the Islamic republic. On November 13, an action film of Pakistan “Parwaaz Hai Junoon” will hit the screens in Chinese multiplexes.

In every Country, there would be High ranking representatives of other Nations.  An ambassador is the President’s highest-ranking representative to a specific nation or international organization abroad. An effective ambassador has to be a strong leader—a good manager, a resilient negotiator, and a respected representative of the State that he is representing .. ..

Notre-Dame is in news !!  for wrong reasons.   Notre-Dame  de Paris   is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is  considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. The cathedral's construction began in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries.  

Popular interest in the cathedral blossomed soon after the publication, in 1831, of Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris.  Beginning in 1963, the cathedral's façade was cleaned of centuries of soot and grime.  The cathedral is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris and the French nation.  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame  is a French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831. The novel sought to preserve values of French culture in a time period of great change, the French Revolution which resulted in the destruction of many French Gothic cathedrals and churches threatened to trivialise the vibrancy of 15th century France. The novel made Notre-Dame De Paris a national icon and served as a catalyst into a renewed interest in the restoration of Gothic form.

Recently trouble erupted, as 3  people  died in a knife attack at a church in Nice, in what French President Emmanuel Macron said was an "Islamist terrorist attack". He said France would not surrender its core values after visiting the Notre-Dame basilica in the southern city. An extra 4,000 troops are being deployed to protect churches and schools. Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attack and France has raised its national security alert to its highest level. It was stated that the  suspect was a 21-year-old Tunisian national who had arrived in France earlier this month. He had a document issued by the Italian Red Cross.

In a unanimous resolution, Pakistan’s National Assembly  asked the government to recall their ambassador in France. This came  in the wake of the Arab nations' outrage over French President Emmanuel Macron's refusal to condemn the caricature of Prophet Muhammad by the French publication. But major embarrassment was to follow after the resolution passed by the  Pakistan's National Assembly. for, the Islamic nation forgot that it doesn't have any envoy to France.

Pakistan's last ambassador to France, Moin-ul-Haq was transferred three months ago to China, according to The News and there has not been a replacement announced yet.  According to a report by ANI, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was one the movers of the resolution in National Assembly was aware that the Pakistan embassy in France does not have an ambassador but did not oblige to the house by informing them.

Interesting !  ~  there were some politicians here, who had tried to portray Imran Khan as very knowledgeable and able leader !!


With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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