The knives are out for Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi after it has emerged that his son was working in the office
of US senator John Kerry, co-author of the legislation which has caused immense heartburn in Pakistan because of its "insulting tone" and "humiliating language" while disbursing a $ 7.5 billion aid.
Zain H Qureshi served as an intern in Kerry's Washington office during an unspecified period when the bill was being readied, according to reports that first surfaced online and was subsequently confirmed by the Senator's aides.
It is not clear if Qureshi jr was in any way associated with the crafting of the bill, being a relatively junior aide, but the very fact that he worked in the office of the senator who produced such a controversial legislation, widely seen in Pakistan as undermining its military, has inflamed pro-military Pakistani circles.
Charges of treachery and subversion are flying around online where angry Pakistanis, passing around young Qureshi's business card listing him as a "Legislative Fellow" in Kerry's office, are saying the foreign minister's position has become untenable. "Joe Biden's son, Beau, recently spent a year in combat in Iraq. Why not send Zain Qureshi to Waziristan?" one cybernaut tweeted angrily.
Calls to the cellphone listed on Qureshi's business card said the subscriber was not accepting any calls.