White Lies


As politicians go, last week definitely belonged to Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the pretty as picture member of the Raiwind Sharif clan. She was featured on the cover of Newsweek (the Pakistani version) and answered even some silly questions, rather intelligently. Verdict: She has the looks, confidence and everything else going for her.

It is obvious that her political grooming is in process and the best that money can buy are on this task. However, the question being asked is who will tutor the Captain who never makes a public or media appearance without letting out the secret. That he desperately needs lessons in the art of politics.

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We hear that the Lahore Governor House is awash with jiyalas and this lot is known not only for their political commitment but also their ‘enthusiasm’. Now we hear that the guv mansion’s staff is getting some rough handling by these constant visitors. Complaints and grumbling among the staff are common occurrence. It is a “fish market” they say. In fact, some are asking for a transfer and at least one staffer, the caretaker himself, has left in a huff. Apparently, he cannot take the rough-and-tough jiyala ways any more.

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  1. I do not understand as to what is the white lie about ? The writer has praised Maryam Nawaz for her good looks and intelligence , a rare combination of qualities. Mostly beauty is devoid of intelligence. The intelligence is a rare quality that is scant in this world.

    He is impressed by her. She is being groomed by the best in the business. But no one can groom a dull person. she is lucky ,she did not inherit the wrong genes.

    She has inherited wealth and looks from her family. But it remains a secret ,where from she got the intelligence ?

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