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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Pakistani diplomat's name too suggestive for Arabs

From the Salem News:
A high level Pakistani diplomat has been rejected as Ambassador of Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zib, equates to "Biggest Dick" in Arabic. Saudi officials, apparently overwhelmed by the idea of the name, put their foot down and gave the idea of his being posted there, the kibosh.
Foreign Policy Blog adds:
According to this Arabic-language article in the Arab Times, Pakistan had previously floated Zeb's name as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, only to have him rejected for the same reason. One can only assume that submitting Zeb's name to a number of Arabic-speaking countries is some unique form of punishment designed by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry -- or the result of a particularly egregious cockup.
The autotranslation of the Arab Times article is priceless, and while humor doesn't translate well, it appears that the author was having a good time with the story - all the while claiming that no one knows why the diplomat was rejected:
Diplomatic sources familiar with United Arab Emirates told the Arab Times that the current tensions between Pakistan and GCC can not be considered an extension of the tension between Pakistan and the United States, but one cause of tension made Pakistan reject the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council of accepting the credentials of (the biggest cock) a new Pakistani ambassador to several States of the Cooperation Council, without giving reasons ... .. The Pakistani government has decided to appoint (the biggest cock) ambassador in the UAE, but its request was turned down .. I tried to set in Bahrain, which was rejected request and receive instructions sent to Saudi Arabia in the possible appointment as ambassador to the Saud's rejection, such as Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates and Bahrain is not an excuse did not explain the reasons prompting the Pakistani government to Alaatqald that there is U.S. pressure to prevent the appointment of (the biggest cock) Ambassador to the Council states GCC.

There was still no statement from the GCC countries on the reason for refusing to accept the appointment (the biggest cock) ambassador to Pakistan. The Arab Times was not able to know the reason too, but after research and investigation shows that the Pakistani diplomat (the biggest dick) is one of the biggest specialists in the Pak-US economic relations and has held an important post in successive Pakistani governments will be responsible for US-Pakistan Economic Relations.

But the GCC do not want (the biggest cock) and object to the appointment and refused to give his reasons . But a fellow of the Arab Times said that acceptance of the appointment of Abu Dhabi, for example the biggest cock ambassador requires dissemination of news from the Emirates News Agency says: His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed today received the President of Pakistan's new ambassador to the State's largest cock ... Who presented his credentials to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa ... And His Excellency (the biggest dick) was pleased to meet His Highness Sheikh who carried (the biggest cock) presents his compliments to the people of Pakistan.

What do you think is the reason for the refusal to accept the largest dick in the GCC?
h/t Richard Landes via email