Forgiving a minister

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

According to a news item, PML-N MNA Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor was forgiven for misbehaving with customs officials because he was ignorant of the rules. So we shouldn't be surprised if someone suggests that all criminals should be let off if they plead ignorance of the rules. I can just imagine the courtroom scene. "Excuse me, my lord, where I come from, it is common for a man to kill anyone he doesn't like, so I thought the same custom was followed in Karachi". Or, "Your Honour, in Waziristan, we blow up CD shops and girls' schools, so we thought no one would object if we did the same thing in Lahore."

Shakir Lakhani
The News, June 10, 2009