Wednesday, November 07, 2007
OH-12 U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi: That's Him Shaking Musharraf's Hand
COLUMBUS (TDB) -- The photo appeared on Pat Tiberi's official House Web site after the Ohio Republican met with Gen. Pervez Musharraf in September. The picture was snapped at the Pakistani strongman's office in Islamabad. This is what the cutline said:
"Meeting with Pakistan's President
Congressman Tiberi and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf greet each other before their September meeting. Members of Congress and the Pakistani President spoke about Pakistan's role in the War on Terrorism."
Tiberi travelled with a congressional delegation led by House Minority Leader John Boehner, a Republican who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional District.
The Daily Bellwether located the picture in a Google cache. It no longer seems to be available in the photo gallery on Tiberi's House site. Perhaps it was removed after Musharraf declared a state of emergency last weekend, dissolved the constitution and began rounding up political opponents. Maybe Tiberi now is embarrassed to have been caught on camera gripping and grinning with Musharraf. Maybe he wants to distance himself from the general whose imposition of emergency rule has left thousands jailed and Pakistan's chief justice under house arrest.