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The Distinguished Ambassador…

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have all chosen not to receive the proposed ambassador from Pakistan. The ambassador has a distinguished record in diplomacy. All three nations declined to give a reason for their rejection. This apparently is causing tension in relations between Pakistan and the Gulf States.

None of the countries in question admits it, but popular opinion is that the Pakistani ambassador has been rejected because of his name, Akbar Zeb, which means “the biggest dick” in Arabic.

Arabic story here. English story here.

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