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Khan’s ‘wisdom’

 A full year after the general elections, Imran Khan suddenly ‘discovered’ that rigging took place in only four constituencies. Three months later, he now says that the entire elections were rigged. I expect that he will also say that an audit of the 2003 and 2008 elections should be carried out as well, and all three elections should be audited under the supervision of the United Nations (since he doesn't have faith in the present Pakistani institutions). 

So it all boils down to this: Imran Khan wants to create as much ruckus as possible to prevent the governments at the center and the provinces from functioning effectively. One wonders what kind of advisers he has. Why don't they tell him to talk sense occasionally? Or are they too scared to say anything in his presence?

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, July 18, 2014



Corrupt Sindh

This refers to the editorial, ‘The police and the PPP’ (July 14). There was a time when it was commonly believed that only about ten percent of budget money was pilfered and siphoned away into foreign bank accounts. This is still true of Punjab, where it is apparent that the government has done a lot to improve the lot of the common man. But in Sindh, no progress is seen, which makes one believe that a sizeable percentage of the budget money is pocketed by those in power. The sacking of honest police officers every now and then because they do not support corrupt deals is enough to prove that the Sindh government is concerned only with looting the people. 

One fears that the equipment being bought from the Serbians will be useless and ultimately sold as junk (this kind of thing has happened in the past). The situation will never change because the vast majority in Sindh will always vote for the PPP.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi 
Printed in The News, July 16, 2014




APROPOS your editorial ‘Aviation security’ (June 26). With aerial firing going on almost every day throughout the country, it is surprising that until now, we have never had an aircraft being struck by bullets.
Moreover, as many people have pointed out after the Karachi airport saga, Peshawar airport is uncomfortably close to residential areas and the city needs a new airport at some distance from the city.
But before that can be done, all areas around all airports in the country should be made weapons-free, and the ban on aerial firing should be strictly enforced.
This may appear to be a tall order, it is, however, essential for our safety.
S. Lakhani
Karachi
Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2014








Shahbaz in Karachi

In Karachi, sweepers have not been paid salaries for months and garbage has been accumulating on the streets for days, endangering the lives and health of taxpayers.
The Sindh government (which should really be called a ‘non-government’) has a huge budget (Rs680 billion), but no one has been able to find out how and on what this money is spent. After six years of misgovernance by the present lot, Karachi has been turned into the world's dirtiest city, compared to Lahore, which in my opinion is now the world's cleanest city. I would request Nawaz Sharif that before spending billions on the Karachi Green Bus and Karachi-Lahore motorway, he should loan us the services of his talented brother Shahbaz Sharif for six months. I am sure the latter will change the face of Karachi beyond recognition.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, July 14, 2014

 Sadiq and Ameen

Sir: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has claimed that the prime minister is not eligible to be a member of parliament, as he is not sadiq and ameen (honest and upright). I request Imran Khan to rename all the PTI members in the Assemblies (including himself) as Ameen Sadiq or Sadiq Ameen. That way, all of them can claim to be eminently qualified to be members of parliament.

SHAKIR LAKHANI
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, July 13, 2014

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