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Monday, March 31, 2008

All Hail the new PM!

After hearing his speech I, for one, came away not feeling quite as rotten or angry as I have in the past several years when General Disorder prevailed. We can be cynical about whether all the promises for the first hundred days will be delivered and, judging by what we have faced so far in our history, who'd blame us. But let's give these guys a chance (not that we have the option of not doing so).

Many of the promises were simple and are to be operable very soon, and we'll be able to see them unfold. None of them are large enough to turn the course of history ... but stuff of that level needs a roadmap of more than a hundred days, you'll agree.

To me, the small, seemingly unimportant bits, such as the doing away of the special counters at the airport for Parliamentarians, was worth the speech. I had never seen a similar privilege being accorded worldwide. Perhaps someone had, earlier, seen special counters for the disabled and, concluding that most of our parliamentarians are mentally disabled, suggested the idea to CAA/PIA. (Until a more logical explanation comes along, I'll continue to believe this).

There was one hilarious moment - though I heard no one, not even the opposition, giggle - when the PM addressed the Speaker as "Madam Prime Minister". I wonder if he, too, has been swept off by what many people are constantly saying ... that the Speaker bears a resemblance of sorts to the late lamented Bibi.

While everyone eagerly awaits the removal of the Big Brass from what are essentially civilian posts, the buzz on the street - once again based on experiences of the past - is that the posts will be filled with relatives and friends.

Don't let us down, Mr. Prime Minister!

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Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

Could it be that special counters for parliamentarians at airports might save some inconvenience to other travellers that might otherwise have been caused due to the security concerns of the people's representatives? :D

I suppose we have all come to expect politicians in our part of the world to act in some particular ways, but it is always good if they can still do something to improve the lot of common citizens.

BTW, It was heartening to read Mr. Zardari's statement advocating the improvement of trade ties with India. I sincerely hope that progress shall take place on that front very soon. :)

31 March, 2008 18:41

Blogger kinkminos said...

@zak: when you say "don't let us down," do you mean

a) don't capitulate and start enacting legislation which might actually benefit the riaya.

b) don't suddenly grow a conscience and forsake your divinely mandated feudo-political heritage.

er... let's be specific here please. this is the future of our future-proof nation we're speaking of!

@siddhusaab-ji: trust you to show vestiges of that accursed optimism!
: )

31 March, 2008 18:58

Anonymous rahmat masih said...

@sidhusaaheb - If ever I have known a genleman who can only see the good side of everything, it's you.

Great characteristic.

I am now going through Zakintosh's older posts about the earthquake and a couple of rapes to see if you had spotted benfits in those, too.

Hosh mein aayay, Sar(dar) Jee!

01 April, 2008 18:00

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL to General Disorder.

Is that what our man is now called?

David B.

18 April, 2008 08:48


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