This image, it was known, was bound to hound him on his Pakistan tour, irrespective of the Sangh Parivar belief that Advani has become soft on key, divisive Hindutva issues. At the press meet held by the Indian high commission, questions came thick and fast about his role in the Babri Masjid demolition and in torpedoing the Agra summit. He said the incident in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, was the "saddest day of his life", asserting that his "image and real persona" were not identical. "I have said the eagerness and excitement in Pakistan was to see if I really have horns," Advani said evoking laughter.
Touching words these. But just about no one present there believed him. For many Pakistanis, he remains the most-hated Indian. As political columnist Ayaz Amir said, "Advani will remain Advani. His visit will add to the mystification of this government's Indian policy; this government is now trying to convey that it is going the extra mile by even inviting personalities like Advani to Pakistan."