Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pakistani Diplomat; Your Name is VULGAR!!!

Pakistani diplomat in Saudi Arabia was refused over vulgar name translation. As per news report published in various papers, a Pakistani diplomat Akbar Zeb will not become next Pakistani Ambassador in Saudi Arabia. Report says Zeb’s credentials seem in order; he is the former ambassador to the United States, India and South Africa. He also held the position of High Commissioner designate to Canada.

Lately he was nominated to be ambassador in Saudi, when his name was translated into Arabic, Akbar Zeb means “Biggest Dick”. News report emphasizes that Saudis stress a lot on modesty, particularly in public, they could not stand such a name.

Media further reports that “in hopes of minimizing the use of the word in public, Saudi Arabia has refused to accredit Mr. Zeb for the position”.

For me it is hard to imagine that name could be such a big problem on this level.

If this is the case then I wonder how come they allowed DICK Cheney, what about various Pakistanis with surname BUTT.

There could be many other words may have different meaning in other languages. I simply fail to understand, what is in a name????

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