Surprise, surprise

This is with reference to the news item ‘Ashraf selects squads for his lifetime security’ (March 22). I’m amazed at the big sacrifice Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is making. He has allocated only 300 million rupees every year for his security for the remainder of his life. I’m surprised he didn’t allocate ten times this amount, because as everyone should know by now, Pakistan is one of the richest countries on the planet, thanks to five years of PPP (mis)rule.

There are 180 million Pakistanis, and each will have to contribute less than two rupees annually for this. Surely they won’t mind paying ten times more, considering that there is no poverty in Pakistan and everyone who lives in this country has more than he or she needs. In fact, I think half the country’s future budgets should be spent like this. This is the only way we can show our appreciation for their performance during the past five years. And if anyone says that they have ruined the country, he or she should be locked up in a mental asylum.

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The News, March 24, 2013