My God Pakistanis must have done something right to be bestowed by intellectuals and thinkers like dear Interior Minister Rehman Malik. The gentleman always manages to clear up the ambiguities that one may have on things, and that is not a feat everyone can lay claim to. If not, at least we have something to make us laugh in these dire, tense times. Move over America, George W Bush has competition.
It appears that while our president and prime minister are extremely ‘popular’ leaders, (heck I can’t seemed to write a single line without mentioning them or their deeds. I don’t talk so much about my dear husband as much as I do about these gentlemen) Rehman Malik has managed to carve out his own niche in the hall of ridiculous statements ever given by a government leader. Even the President’s statement to the World Economic Forum last year when he said, “Pakistan is alive and kicking with economic opportunity” or the Prime Minister’s assertion that “I am Prime Minister and not a peon” pale in comparison to the dear Interior Minister’s quips, which are refreshing and entertaining for the entertainment starved people of this country.
Recently, as another wave of blood swept through the streets of Pakistan’s largest city, also the economic hub and so-called backbone of the country, the Interior Minister Rehman Malik took over the reigns once again. This seems to be happening quite too often mainly because the main leaders – PM and president – were as expected on ‘important foreign visits’.
(ASIDE) It is extremely interesting how all these foreign trips coincide with mayhem played out in the country, but of course what do mortals like me know of running a country; it’s hard work so we are told.
Anyhoooo, when the situation heated up and a media team was attacked in the rioting in Lyari on Sunday in which several people were killed, our cool operator Interior Minister ji came in to tackle the situation. Like always he managed to douse the situation with his powerful (ludicrous) words. This was mainly because his words caused an overwhelming overflow of emotions of ‘shook and awe’ among the people of the city/country, who were struck silent because they couldn’t come up with a worthy comeback.
According to media reports, our dear minister rubbished the sensationalism that the media was spouting as usual (bad media!) and declared that ‘misreporting’ should be stopped. He said there were no target killings in Karachi – at least not on Sunday and that the people who died that day died of natural causes, personal enmities and accidents.
Rehman ji also said that the media was airing incorrect reports which was causing tension in the ranks and denied that any operation was being carried out. And since we have our dreamy (or dreamer which ever suits your fancy) Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan and his vision, oh yeah and his force comprising the ‘efficient’ police and ‘alert’ Rangers, things are under control (he didn’t actually say that but I guess that is what he meant). Of course he was very angry with the bad media for airing of an incorrect report, like that of a target killing, can cause further tensions among people. The minister clarified that no operation was being carried out but targeted action against criminals without any discrimination was being conducted to maintain law and order in Karachi.
Live video footage is of course as we have seen before in various cases namely Waheeda Shah’s slap case, isn’t evidence – at least not in present day Pakistan. That is all a hoax that this unruly media is weaving.
I think I believe the dear minister when he says the people who died on Sunday died of natural causes – being killed in a shootout or in targeted killings is a natural cause/accidents/ personal enmities in Pakistan/Karachi. I mean how many of us now remember how overwhelming a death was once, when it was a rarity. The dead were respected, and if someone died in an accident or was murdered, it became the talk of the town, so to speak for many weeks, even months. Now death is a common thing, and we have adapted our sensitivities and emotions accordingly.
I am just glad that the jealous wives/girl friends have gone back into their holes, and are not on a killing rampage as they were the last time Karachi bled. I wonder where these women were trained to shoot sniper style and organize mayhem in a country like ours. That’s one for women empowerment – I think. So watch out boys/men, we women are sexy, deranged and dangerous and not necessarily in that order.
Aahhhh, I could go on and on about Rehman Malik ji, but I will only mention one last thing that made me laugh out loud even though that was an inappropriateness thing to do when people are killed.
During the Mehran Base attack in Karachi, Minister Malik told the press that the terrorists ‘…were dressed like Star Wars characters’! This was a classic sentence despite the gravity of the situation and made one think that was this an attack by ‘aliens’. Or was the minister overwhelmed by the situation. Oh and which characters are we talking about, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2 or one of the Royal Imperial guards?
I could go on and on about Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s wise words but I suggest you visit my friend Fahad Desmukh’s blog https://sites.google.com/site/desmukh/rehman-malik-on-karachi for the complete collection of quotable quotes for all occasions.