Men are from Mars
A sage once said, “Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus”. We can’t vouch for the latter but it appears that many an important man is indeed connected to “Mars”, the inside story about which was broken by one of Pakistan’s most prominent investigative journalists, KK, in Karachi last week. As we go along, more and more sordid details emerge from the Mars saga and it now appears that USD 12 million was skimmed off one particular Sindh ministry in the last dispensation. The ill-gotten proceeds were then deposited with Mars & Co on the written agreement that USD 300,000/ per month would accrue to the depositor in “earnings” or “interest” or call it what you may. We know that before the story broke, having defaulted on his obligations, the owner of the scam company decamped to the UAE. What has now emerged is that the owner of the premises that lodged Mars & Co also fled to the UAE and there had a heart attack. It is said he then spent some time at the Dubai home of a powerful benefactor from Pakistan, one whose home the UAE authorities would think twice about raiding in pursuit of a wanted person. Rumour has it that having recovered from his heart ailment, the said gent has now proceeded to London, there to cool his heels until the Mars & Co saga blows over.
Cruelty to women
There are many forms of cruelty to women in Pakistan; one of them is the way single women are preyed upon, gossiped about and their names tarnished for the amusement of a few cynics. One such lady is a high profile former MNA who is friends with a well-regarded minister in the current dispensation. Their friendship stems from having been colleagues in parliament for many years. The lady is estranged from her husband with whom she has one son. The husband lives abroad. Naturally the father is in touch with his son, who is now a teenager, and gets to know about his estranged wife’s life and times. Over a period of time, it dawned on the husband that both his estranged wife and son had great regard for the minister as a helpful and loyal friend. Wanting to affect a reconciliation with his wife, he decided to approach the minister to help patch up matters with his estranged family. It was as simple as that. No sooner had the minister begun to try and reunite the couple, that a scandal was manufactured and played out on television screens. In this case both the minister and the woman parliamentarian are victims, but the lady far more so in this patriarchal society.