To ward off evil, Zardari kills one black goat a day, Indian Express, January 28, 2010
A black goat is slaughtered almost daily to ward off `evil eyes` and protect President Asif Ali Zardari from `black magic`. Does this, and the use of camel and goat milk, make the beleaguered president appear to be a superstitious man?
Well, not to his spokesman. "It has been an old practice of Mr Zardari to offer sadqa (animal sacrifice). He has been doing this for a long time," spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Dawn on Tuesday.
Oh, he has been performing animal sacrifice for a long time, so that makes the behavior a non-superstition.
But his detractors would see in his new-found religiosity a sign of nervousness in the wake of the scrapping of the NRO.
One thing is certain: Hundreds of black goats have been sacrificed since Zardari moved into the President`s House in September 2008. His trusted personal servant Bai Khan buys goats from Saidpur village. The animal is touched by Zardari before it is sent to his private house in F-8/2 to be sacrificed.
Insiders say that when Zardari moved into the President`s House, a flock of black partridges were introduced there for their supposedly magical effects.
Unfortunately, the whole flock was electrocuted when a live wire fell on their cage.
A camel, a cow and a few goats kept on the grounds of the presidency, however, survive and provide milk for its worthy resident.
It should be noted that animal sacrifice plays a big part in Islam (see The Virtue of Animal Sacrifice from an Islamic blog).
However the Pakistani newspaper (Dawn) which reported the original item emphasized the superstition aspect: Goats sacrificed `to ward off evil eyes`. Apparently it`s okay to slaughter large numbers of animals to celebrate Eid, a major Islo-holiday, but the black magic thing is a no-no.
No wonder India is nervous about the nukes held by its unfriendly neighbor. Although Indians are not strangers to superstition, at least there`s no indication that India`s Prime Minister Singh uses animal sacrifice to fend off evil sorcery.