Such Gup

Such Gup

No checks or balances

Recently, The Great Khan tweeted a verse which he attributed to the poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal and it turned out to be an erroneous attribution. Thereupon, Madame Shrieking Mazarin gave a sound telling off to members of the WhatsApp group of which The Khan is also a participant. Please do not post unverified facts on this WhatsApp chat, she admonished them, because our Great Leader never checks the veracity of anything anyone says and if it sounds good to him, he just tweets it or declaims it as an article of faith. This ends in embarrassment, she said, so please desist.

Meeting of minds

We know there’s a meeting of minds when mutual interests are involved but our mole says there’s also been an actual (virtual) meeting of The Trio. We refer to all those who have been in the eye of the storm recently, ranging from The Great Khan’s former right hand to The Man of Steel’s Talented Bro to Chory Shuj of Guj’s kinsman who Speaks for the Punjab. We hear the meeting was via video link and it began with their mutual interest (how sweet, if you get our drift) and then swiftly developed into a full-fledged discussion of Plan B. But just as we got wind of it, so did the powers that B. And the latter made it clear that he is not yet ready to dump his project, abject failure though it is. No prizes for guessing what happened next. Everyone went off to sulk in their respective corners.

Damned if they do …

Another extension is soon to be the talk of town. The newsmaker American woman with mysterious connections in Pakistan, has applied for a visa extension to carry on staying in the country and no doubt, making waves aplenty. Her visa runs out at the end of this month and the government is in two minds on whether to extend it or not. Both considerations are prompted by fear. What if she stays on and reveals all, including calling out many in government today? What if she leaves, and embittered, spills the beans when in the US? Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.