With the media spotlight focused on her fashion accessories during her recent trip to India,Pakistans Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar wonders whether a man in her position would have attracted similar attention.
The youngest and first woman foreign minister of Pakistan,who was closely followed in the Indian media,more for her pearl necklace,her Roberto Cavalli shades and Birkin bag than the bilateral talks,says focus should not be on the frivolous.
You dont want the attention to focus on the frivolous… A guy in my place would never get such attention; nobody would be talking about his suit, 34-year-old Khar told The Guardian during her flight to Islamabad from Lahore. I refuse to be apologetic about it; I will continue to be who I am, Khar said as she flicked through a stack of newspapers filled with her pictures.
While the Indian media went gaga over her designer accessories,the daily said back in Pakistan,opinion was divided amid arguments about sexism,dynastic politics and the propriety of carrying a pricey handbag.
On the issue of Indo-Pak talks,Khar said this was a new engagement. I told Mr Krishna I would like to reach a point where if an issue comes up,I should be able to pick up the phone and say,this really isnt working. And he agreed, she said.