On the historic day of May 26, when the world’s largest democracy, India was welcoming its new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the chatter backstage at a news program in Pakistan began with uncomplimentary remarks about India and its ministers.
During the recording of an interview, former minister, and Chair of Jinnah Institute, Shehrbano Rehman, popularly referred to as ‘Sherry’ made derogatory remarks about the Indian ministry. She was not aware that she was being filmed during show break.
The television anchor, Reham Khan joked about the Anti-India slurs that the panel of speakers, including herself, Sherry, and Lt. Gen (R) Talat Masood, Defence Analyst were exchanging. She laughed suggestively that if the video fell in wrong hands, it could go viral in India and damage their reputation on a day when Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif was in Delhi, attending the swearing-in ceremony of Modi.
In the video, Talat Masood recalls an anecdote about a seminar where Indian delegates are in attendance with their Pakistani counterparts. An Indian delegate humours him about how the Pakistani democracy could be weak in numbers, but is beautiful to look at. At this, Sherry quips, ‘Aap unke ministers ka row dekhein…wall to wall ugliness.’
These off-the-cuff remarks could spark off another controversy just when bilateral relation between the two countries is beginning to look rosy. Especially since Sherry tweeted the next day about the Sharif-Modi meeting.