The rumour is rife in journalistic circles that the ‘spiritual son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’ had left his resignation behind before heading to Dubai, in official words, for having routine medical checkups.
His spokesman, one more of his Babars, made the fog settle on ground with an announcement that worked like a magic spell, at least for news makers like myself. Here it goes: The President (read The Supreme Commander of Armed Forces) would embark on his journey back home on the word of his medical experts.
The memo turned into a mammoth Tsunami for the government on Thursday (Dec 15) which was the deadline set by the Supreme Court to submit replies in the case. This must be a deja vu moment for you just the way it is for me. Wasn’t it Imran Khan who had promised our nation a Tsunami? Perhaps this is exactly what he had meant when he made that promise, which now seems nothing less than a prophecy.
The deadline – a perfect word in the present context – turned the government’s ugliest nightmare true when the mother and father of all replies made crash landing at the country’s apex court.
Army Chief describes the memo as a reality. DG ISI says he was satisfied with ‘the corroborative material’ produced by the MemoLeak (Mansoor Ijaz).
The Federal government, seeing the oncoming winter Tsunami with toppling force, pleaded before the Supreme Court in its reply to dismiss the petition on grounds that the case in question was not fit for hearing in the light of Article 184 of the Constitution.
DG ISI, who allegedly sought Arab world’s assistance for a coup, should resign, said the desperate ANP leader Bushra Gohar. Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar endorsed the demand.
Ironic as it may seem, the memogate case that took a nasty turn for the existing democracy on Thursday, was filed by our present day pro-democracy leader Nawaz Sharif. Now, would you call this a Sharif move?
Has Pakistan’s administrative set up come a full circle? Perhaps the only change that we see this time is face!
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