Wednesday, September 02, 2009

According to a news item, a jirga ordered a four-year-old girl to be married. I thought these jirgas were declared illegal but apparently the government is unable to enforce its writ even in Jacobabad. However, what is really surprising is that no one in the FBR ever notices the wealth of the people involved. In this case, the jirga imposed Rs400,000 fine on Jawed Brohi (who eloped with a girl of the rival tribe). Mind you, these people never pay taxes, ostensibly on the grounds of poverty, yet they are able to pay huge amounts as fines. Shouldn't the tax mandarins visit the place and recover much-needed taxes from these people? Or will they go on punishing those stupid citizens who pay taxes honestly?

Shakir Lakhani
The News, September 02, 2009