Speeches given by Pakistan President Zardari have a tendency to baffle, bemuse and befuddle. And that’s often their intention.
So his speech that commemorated the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his wife and former Presidential candidate, Benazir Bhutto, was not an exception.
His speech posed more questions than answers. The assassins of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are neither known, apprehended nor indicted. It’s not too dissimilar to the death of President Zia in 1988. A mystery.
And much of his speech remained a mystery. It might have been critical of the role of the USA in the Middle East. And then again it might not. It might have been supportive of an investment project with Iran, and then again, perhaps not.
That’s the nature of a President Zardari speech. It’s a negotiation, a conversation. He uses his speeches to project views and opinions and gauge reactions. His speeches can be more combative, but this was not.
If his speech aimed to project the image of a President functionally fit and capable after his recent foreign medical treatment, then he did that. Anyone minded to seek his removal from office on grounds of physical impairment must wait a while.
His speech will keep the wheels of the ox cart rolling. But in which direction and for how long?
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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