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A lot to learn

Sir: Every day I come across people who idolise Imran Khan. For them, he is like some promised leader who has already done a lot for the country, like forcing oil-producing countries to reduce the prices of petroleum products. According to them, it was Imran Khan who persuaded the US to stop drone attacks, which have now been resumed since the government wanted otherwise. They are convinced that because their leader is very popular in India as well, India will hand over Kashmir to Pakistan within a week once he becomes the prime minister of the country. He has changed the face of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (where his party is in power), so much so that most of Karachi’s Pakhtun population has returned to that province. They say that the crime rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been reduced to zero except when you ask them about the recurring bomb blasts for which they blame the federal government.
Smuggling from Afghanistan has been stopped, they say, and thousands of shopkeepers in Karkhano Bazaar outside Peshawar are now selling groceries and locally made products, and the taxes from these traders could make Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the richest province in the country. In fact, Imran Khan’s followers think he has already proved he has what it takes to be a prime minister (like using foul language and hurling accusations at journalists, human rights activists and such other unpatriotic citizens), so they believe that he should be asked to form the government without going through that irksome process called elections. They have a lot to learn, these brainwashed followers of the former cricket captain.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, November 28, 2014

Wagah blast

Sir: Now that so many people have been killed in Lahore (the stronghold of the Sharifs), one wonders if anything will be done about improving security measures in the country. Knowing the government’s track record, it is difficult to assert that they or the law enforcement agencies will move to do anything to prevent such incidents. Apart from condemning the blast, as if that can prevent extremists from killing people, and the usual noises about how the killers will be tracked and punished, they should get to the task of eliminating the root causes of terrorism like financial inequality and illiteracy. How many times do they need to be reminded that the most important issue before the country today is security and the government should first try to solve this problem before bombarding the nation with more and more Metro Buses? 

SHAKIR LAKHANI
KARACHI
Printed in Daily Times, November 13, 2014



Politics of appeasement

It is shocking to learn the way Imran Khan and his party have bent over backwards to appease their coalition partner, the Jamaat-e-Islami. Knowing that his government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands no chance of surviving without JI's support, he has given in to their demand to make changes in textbooks, which are utterly unconstitutional. 

Hasn't Imran Khan ever heard or read: “There is no compulsion in Islam?” As for removal of pictures of unveiled little girls from text-books, will he ban pictures of even animals in textbooks? How will students in the province learn biology?

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, November 6, 2014

Vedic black money

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi deserves kudos for having proclaimed that ancient India had genetic scientists as well as plastic surgeons. Therefore, it is only natural to assume that even in those prehistoric days, black money was being siphoned away from India to Swiss bank accounts. Mr Modi should immediately take steps to bring back this black money as well to India.

SHAKIR  LAKHANI
Karachi
Printed in DAWN, November 6, 2014

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Imran Khan’s confusions  

Sir: I simply cannot understand how Imran Khan’s mind works. He says Nawaz Sharif is not willing to resign from the National Assembly (NA) because of the commissions he gets from development projects. If this is true then why have PTI party members not resigned from the KP Assembly yet? Is it because they do not want to lose the benefits and perks they are enjoying? His ally in the KP Assembly, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has asked the NA Speaker not to accept Khan’s and his party members’ resignations, while he insists that the resignations be accepted. Just what exactly is going on? Why is he not allowing his members to go individually to the Speaker and present their resignations? Is it because he knows that they will retract and tell the Speaker that they are being forced to resign? Even after resigning, PTI members are continuing to use the perks and privileges granted to them as MNAs. Should they not return the benefits they have taken from the Assembly?

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, October 31, 2014

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