AND THE NOMINEES ARE…… III

Pakistan has been known around the world for its unmatched expertise in selecting the right man for the right job. These nominees represent the best choices among a long list of good ones.

Best Selection (Right Man for the Right Job)
1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari as the President of Pakistan. With a vast administrative experience (he party ran the Bambino cinema for a while), excellent education (amid claims that he never graduated from St. Patrick’s High School and the fact that Pedinton School, London, where he claims to have studied cannot be found in London) and memorable performance as a minister (earning prestigious titles like ‘Mr. 10 percent’), who could doubt that we hit the bull’s eye by selecting him for the top spot.
2. Zaka Ashraf. After the disasters during Ijaz Butt’s tenure, we surely learnt our lesson and appointed this person who is the ex-president of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. and the CEO of Ashraf Sugar Mills, as Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board. And for all those too naïve to get the point, it was explained that under him the ZTBL team performed well in domestic cricket. What vision!
3. Rehman Malik, who was the obvious choice for Interior Minister after his performance as BB’s Chief Security Officer.
4. Bilawal (Bhutto) Zardari. Forget all the conspiracy theories. This guy’s selection as PPP’s chairman against BB’s will (supposedly the ‘will’ declared Asif Zardari as her successor) is perfect. He has not lived in Pakistan for any considerable period, cannot speak Urdu fluently, and seems to be well-set in the western culture. That’s all we need in a leader, nahi?
5. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who began his career in PML under Mr. Junejo, then opted for PML(N) under Mian Nawaz Sharif when the party split (and was Minister of Planning & Development from 1988-90), then joined PML (J) under Manzoor Wattoo (was Minister of Finance 1990-93) and finally joined the PPP in 1993 (serving as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Foreign Minister) has now joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. With such a diverse experience, Khan could not have picked a better person for Vice Chairman PTI.

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Passing the exam is a right????

You might be forgiven for thinking that I am obsessed with Karachi University ever since they awarded a PhD. degree to Rehman Malik, and maybe I am, but what can I do? The esteemed institution keeps turning up in news for the funniest of reasons. Now, MBBS students of various colleges affiliated with the university have come out on the streets to protest. Guess what they are protesting against. Come on, take a wild guess. Rehman Malik’s degree? No, that’s old news now, and we tend to forget old news, no matter how serious they are. The poor students are protesting because they flunked the second prof. Seriously. They are protesting that the marking was too strict and they actually have placards in their hands that say ‘We Want Marks’. I never knew that was a way to get marks, it could have saved so many of us so much time and energy that we spent studying.

Frankly, you can’t blame them. After all, if you can make Rehman Malik a doctor, what right do you have to deny anyone else the same privilege? Now, these students have requested Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad to intervene in the matter and give them grace marks so that their year is not wasted. Interestingly, not one of the said students is claiming that their papers were marked wrongly, not one of them has said that there was any mistake in the exam, all they are saying is that the marking should have been more lenient so that they, despite their apparent below the mark preparation, could have passed.

I don’t know what to make of all this. I mean, what the …..? What all this tells me is that we are still too immature as a nation and have not got the gist of what protest means. And what scares me the most is that the university might just accept the student’s demands. And then we would be on our way to many many more Dr. Rehman Maliks. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry so I guess I’ll just laugh till I cry.