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Det er tegn på politisk dumhet og svakhet når en leder ber politiet arrestere folk som forteller vitser om ham. Det har Pakistans president Asif Zardari gjort: 14 års fengsel skal de trues med, de som sprer vitser om Zardari via sms eller mail.

Det gjør pakistanerne. De kan ikke fordra Zardari, og i et semi-diktatur og lovløst land, er det en av de få måtene man kan la sin stemme høres. Noen eksempler:

* «Terrorists have kidnapped our beloved Zardari and are demanding $5,000,000 or they will burn him with petrol. Please donate what you can. I have donated five litres.»

* To commemorate the ascension to the Presidency, Pakistan Post has officially launched a new stamp. But the people of Pakistan are confused which side on the stamp to spit on.

* Robber: «Give me all your money!»

Zardari: «Don’t you know who I am? I am Asif Ali Zardari.»

Robber: «OK. Give me all my money»

Det var innenriksminister Rehman Malik som sto frem og kunngjorde det nye forbudet.

Mr Malik, said the move would punish the authors of «ill motivated and concocted stories through emails and text messages against the civilian leadership».

The step, which was described by human rights groups as «draconian and authoritarian», came after government was particularly riled by a barrage of caustic jokes being sent to the presidency’s official email.

Critics have accused the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), a party that espouses a liberal agenda, of stooping as low as the former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, who took television broadcasters off air when he faced political opposition.

Historiske erfaringer tilsier at det nå blir enda mer attraktivt å fortelle vitser.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/5878525/Pakistan-president-Asif-Zardari-bans-jokes-ridiculing-him.html