White Lies


It is a spectacle right out of a movie set. A dignified almost haughty Supreme Court building designed by a Japanese architect, packed with some 300 people among them law officers from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Also present is a chunk of PPP leadership putting in attendance to show where and with whom they stand. And then there are the law lords sitting on a raised platform, confident of their place in history and the hearts and minds of people. Outside, there is PPP’s PLF, black coats who hang around waiting for the PM’s defence lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, to appear. As he steps out of the car, the PLF surrounds him taking him into court in jaloos formation cheering and sloganeering to boost his morale and also perhaps to intimidate others with people’s power.

Drop scene, the show is over, the law lords step out, the pleader and law officers depart in a procession and the audience pours out into a car park jam-packed with over 300 cars.

We hear the Supreme Court premises can no longer take this work load and are consequently undergoing extension and renovation to accommodate the growing audience and litigation. An interesting feature that is being added to this building is a SC museum which will record the genesis and history of this institution. We hear that letters have gone out to sitting judges, retired judges and families of judges that have departed from this world, requesting that they provide any relevant mementoes and archival they may have in their possession. Needless to say this will be a fascinating museum given the historical conflicts and battles that have been played out in these halls and chambers.

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Word has it that the official chief reporter of Punjab Assembly (actually a misleading work title because he records not reports assembly proceedings) has run into problems. Apparently he is provided an official car, in this case a Suzuki jeep. Well as it happens he came to the local police station and reported that this vehicle had been stolen from the car park of “Pipli House” which is a heavily guarded MPA hostel. However, on investigation the police found that our CR is seriously into gambling and to his discomfort this has opened another line of investigation. Hopefully, the mystery will be solved but perhaps not to someone’s entire satisfaction.

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Lahore’s Gymkhana Club may be a gentleman’s club but new technology installed recently has proved that there are some not so gentle ladies moving around on the premises. Last week, there was a hue and cry at its swish gymnasium when a lady reported that her bag had been stolen. Luckily, CT cameras had been installed recently and their footage identified a young girl, the grand daughter of a former member of the club executive committee, caught in the act. As it happened, she was still on the premises and the bag was recovered. The girl left without batting an eye lid and the show goes on.

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  1. As a member of the Club since 1968 I am disgusted. A new team promising "change" has been voted in. Its mentors are from the PTI.Will they clean up the mess or will the same things go on? The start does appear promising.

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