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Just For NAM's Sake

The Indo-Pak sidelight apart, the relevance of a Cold War-era relic was the issue at hand

Just For NAM's Sake
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Just For NAM's Sake
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But even such a moribund, anachronistic forum suffices for Pakistan and India to indulge in verbal jousts. The two nuclear powers brought their differences—and battles—to Kuala Lumpur and, fleetingly, even threatened to swamp what were expected to be more compelling talking points of the summit: Iraq, North Korea and Palestine.

Everything about NAM invariably appears exaggerated. For one, the security around the Putra World Trade Centre, where leaders of 114 countries including 63 heads of state or government met between February 24 and 25, was obtrusive. The Malaysian armed forces threw a cordon around the conference complex, turning it into a veritable military fortress. Those wishing to enter the complex, even with official passes, were subjected to a security check rarely seen, even for an international conference. The exaggerated sense of importance NAM harbours was also illustrated in an estimated $400 million the government here spent, buying luxury cars, mostly bmws and Mercedes Benzes, specially for the occasion.

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