Wednesday, September 24, 2008, Ramazan 23, 1429 A.H

There’s something rotten in the state of Pakistan. The interior adviser, Rehman Malik, told reporters that the president and prime minister were to have dinner at the Marriott hotel on Sept 20, when it was bombed, but the venue was changed at the last minute. However, the hotel management says that no booking had been made for an official dinner on that day. We know that even when lesser officials are supposed to visit a place, security officials thoroughly comb every nook and corner hours before the visit, so if the two top executives of the country were going to be at the hotel at the time of the bombing, there should have been strict security in place many hours before the bomb blast. It’s frightening to think that the fate of the country is in the hands of incompetent people who say things which turn out to be false.

Shakir Lakhani