It doesn’t get any better than this! Pakistani political opera can out-sell any of Ekta Kapoor’s half-witted soaps for more kinks and whims that she could ever imagine to cook up. Yesterday’s attack on the federal capital by a solitary gunman, Sikander with his wife and children, held the capital hostage for five long hours as police watched the pseudo superhero with ignonimous helplessness, was one such example. Last I saw such power- show against all the law-enforcing agencies was Dog Day Afternoon staring Al Pacino. But where we live, these fantastic notions do get the potential fodder to take the form of reality.
Wait, this wasn’t it! We witnessed surprising acts of bravado and heroism while Zamarud Khan entered into negotiations after MQM ‘s Nabil Gabool gave up convincing the man to disarm and surrender himself. Zamarud, with master-of-deception looks, appeared all amenable and acquiescent minutes before attempting what no policeman could do in five hours. With his epic moves that yielded a little less than a similar epic result, he was convinced to take Sikander down as he lurched forward to grab him in his heavy folds. Ah, it would have panned out if Sikander, more slender and more swift than Mr. Zammarrud had thought himself to be, had not lunged back out of the radius.
And while the police officers came out of hiding to knock the fleeing man down, Mr. Zammarrud’s maneuvers provided them with the strategic advantage of separating him from his wife and children- something Islamabad police could just not do on their own. One must acknowledge, PPP leaders do make perfect heroes and icons, and Zamarud Khan is today’s.
Where I can’t be enough thrilled at the theatricality of the entire situation; a lone man with machine guns, entering Islamabad’s red zone with his wife (our Mrs. Smith? – quite passive though), on the mission to dissolve parliament and impose Shariah system in the country, the last scene of the saga certainly was the show-stealer. Forget all these questions; 1) What serious security lapse could have led to this? 2) How come the entire police of the city could not disarm one man? 3) Was the man even in his sane self to throw himself in the paws of danger for something that hecould never be successful at 4) Why were the hidden police officers waiting for Zamarud khan to lung on Sikander, before they made their moves. 4) Was Zamarud Khan even least trained to make such risky moves, putting everything at stake considering if his luck had gone otherwise.
Yes, just forget about these question, for these will spoil the savor of something you don’t see everyday. Indulge in the melodramatics of the entire situation. Not everyone around the world gets to watch this. And while our media lets you dwell over Sikander’s wedding pictures and personal life , dissociate yourself from sensibility, and simply enjoy this mindless entertainment with an equally absent mind and reason.