President Asif Ali Zardari visited India recently, the first Pakistani President to do so in seven years. However, the positive vibes expected at home could not materialize because of the Siachen tragedy. The avalanche which cost us around 120 soldiers, forced many people to question the timing of the presidential visit, arguing that President Zardari should have stayed home and focused on relief efforts in Siachen.
This argument seems defective. Yes, he took forty odd members in his delegation, including some government members, but this isn’t enough to make the country dysfunctional. The Leader of the Government- the Prime Minister- was present along with other key members of the cabinet and parliament. There are mechanisms to deal with in the President’s absence.