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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Poetic tribute

Bracing for war, but praying for peace
Using his power so evil will cease
So much a leader and worthy of trust
Here stands a man who will do what he must

Get the hidden message from the lines above taken from 20-line ode entitled "The Leader" which was taught to Pakistani students aged between 15 and 18?

Take the first alphabet of each line and you have the answer.

AFP reports -

Education officials in Pakistan have dropped a poem from a school textbook after discovering it secretly contained the name of US President George W. Bush.

At first sight the anonymous 20-line ode entitled "The Leader", which was taught to Pakistani students aged between 15 and 18, appears merely to list the qualities of the ideal statesman.

But closer inspection reveals that the first letter of each line spells out the American president's title and name.

"The poem triggered controversy. It has been deleted from the book," senior education ministry official Tariq Qureshi told AFP.

Co-incidence? Planned?

AFP reported that the Ministry said the poem was downloaded from internet by a committee of subject specialists. It was further reported that the incident has raised eyebrows in this conservative Islamic country.

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