Thursday, May 31, 2007
Most of us are familiar with Friday Times's colourful column 'Such Gup'. The latest issue's Such Gup has the following entries which are worth noting
A leading light of the Lahore High Court Bar and the lawyers’ movement, went to see Big Ben recently with whose camp he is affiliated. We hear Big Ben cautioned the lawyer and told him “not play into the hands” of The Man of Steel. When queried, Big Ben hinted that the Chief Adjudicator, the focus of the movement, was in close touch with The Man of Steel via a kinsman, a member of the National Assembly from The Man’s party.
The CJ imbroglio has attained mythic proportions and incidental details are emerging which cast an interesting light on the crisis as it developed. Rumour has it that the country’s two senior-most spooks went to see the CJ at his home in the first week of March. After an exchange of pleasantries, the topic turned to Isloo’s weather. The CJ served high tea to his guests – samosas, sandwiches, cakes and pastries. After tea, the spooks told the CJ that the real PM wanted his resignation in exchange for “an ambassadorial position in the capital of his choice, excluding Washington and London”. It is said that the CJ heard out the spooks, didn’t comment on the offer and spoke some more about Isloo’s weather. The spooks tried to turn the conversation to the weather in various European capitals but the CJ did not bite. Finally, he put the spooks out of their misery and said that he would “hand over his resignation to the President in person”. Thereupon one spook made a phone call and said that the meeting was set for 11.00 am March 9. The spooks then went off happily, thinking it was a done deal. And the rest, as they say, is history..
Murder most foul
The District Management Officers Association called a meeting to discuss the murder of their colleague Hammad Raza, additional registrar of the Supreme Court. The meeting was attended by the highest officials in the land and it was decided that the DMG Officers’ Association would become a party to the case. It was also decided that the officers would discharge their duties wearing black bands. News of these decisions did not go dowm well in the corridors of power and the officers were arm-twisted to discard their black bands.