Geo won and Ary didn’t lose. Right?
With over 1.8 million pending cases and the likes of Rao Anwar and Ehsan Ullah Ehsan free, SC did win yesterday. It did.
It won against Musharraf too, but then it got scared of boys.
All the way, it was between the two Faizes.
In-law-Faiz took notice of Above-law-Faiz as to what he was doing at Faizabad? The latter – along with his boys – got offended.
The Dentist was asked to file a reference against In-law-Faiz. He did.
Result: Bad root-canal. Though painless.
Hail In-law-Faiz! He gave a bold verdict on Faizabad Dharna. He questioned Marriage Halls Business. He questioned the involvement of boys here and there and everywhere.
Just imagine if Judiciary would have taken it as an instituition? Like the boys. It could have resulted in humiliation in various other cases too; including cases of Rao Anwar, Musharraf, and Ehsan Ullah.
It could have been men-in-black vs. men-in-khaki. Like it was in 2007-08. Men-in-black won then. Because they are also brave and patriotic. They can attack a hospital. Kill patients. Burn police vans. What not?
You and I are mere spectators. Sometimes we differ in our views. But, we are spectators nonetheless.
We are provided with entertainment. Where we have to choose between In-law-Faiz and Above-law-Faiz.
The only thing to know is the truth. Know it rightly. Decode the usual stuff. And stand corrected.
In-Law-Faiz has won. For now at least. May be judiciary will take a u-turn in a couple of days. Like they did in Musharraf’s treason case.
Budget 2020 is simply like this:
Education: Rs.4 billions
Health: Rs.20 billions
Defence: Rs.1402 billions
I know. Education and Health are mainly under provinces (18th Amendment) and will get allocations through provincial budgets as well.
But dear Vawda-kinda! This Rs.1402 billion doesn’t include military pensions (Rs.369 billion which is 79% of federal government’s total pension bill). Major weaponry procurement. Mega projects under FWO. Security enhancement (Rs.45 billion last year). Or businesses. Their revenues. Plots. Potential DHAs.
And supplementary grants? Like the one which they got a month back of Rs.1.66 billion for a surveillance project.
And how many supplementary grants?
There is another calculation which I leave to you: subtract debt programmes from the total federal budget, and then calculate how much is allocated to defence (%age) vs rest of the country – considering we are fighting a pandemic.
Anyway, don’t bother.
But don’t be ill-informed.
And don’t defend the defenders for God sake.
We saw our PM cry every other day for the poor on TV. As he had no strategy or plan to tackle the virus, he offered us crocodiles tears. Regularly. And then his team presented a budget – shamelessly – wherein every single component related to the poor has been robbed.
After him comes Gill. Then Chauhan. Then Rashid. Then the other Rashid. Then Mirza. Then another. Another. Another. And the whole day is spent in press conferences with exactly the same rhetoric.
‘Mafia’ is the new scapegoat.
Who is behind medicine and drugs price hike? Mafia.
Who is behind sugar prices? Mafia.
Who is behind wheat crisis? Mafia.
Who is behind petrol crisis? Mafia.
Who is behind your seat Mr. Prime Minister? Mafia.
Rarely you see doctors on TV. They are not included in committees to handle the virus. They are not allowed to speak publicly. Their voice is completely missing. And the budget too – criminally – has ignored doctors and their advice.
This isn’t war. In fact, there is no war around the world at the moment. The whole world is tackling the same crises and doing its best to prevent it.
And here, in the land of pure, the budget has been prepared based on the same old two nation theory. Diamonds for me. Nickels for you.
Sadly – and honestly – blaming Khan or PTI is foolish too. They aren’t ever in power.
Just like their predecessors.
And their predecessors.
And their predecessors.