Here’s some breaking news: The Man of Steel is preparing to come home. Sources say he has been disturbed by the drift in his party and came to the conclusion with his family and close confidants that he needed to return to put paid to speculation. It was thus decided that the wedding of his grandson would take place immediately after Muharram, so that he could finalise his return. The bride and groom have been engaged for some time, and were still to confirm their wedding date but The Man of Steel insisted on overseeing it personally in the absence of his daughter, the groom’s mother. That too was a decision The Man of Steel took personally – that his daughter would not apply for permission to leave the country to attend her son’s wedding. She has been on the Exit Control List for some time. It was decided that if The Great Khan saw fit, in a rare display of humanity, to let the mother be with her son at a momentous occasion in his life, she would avail of the opportunity to visit London. But ask for permission to leave, she would not.
Few in The Man’s party know of his decision to come home – but those who do have been galvanized by it. This is despite the fact that they know they will all be under arrest before The Man’s arrival. This The Great Khan will do to prevent a public demonstration of support for The Man, and of course to try and decimate his party.
The mandarins of the FO have been saying, although hesitantly because it’s the last thing The Great Khan and his selectors want to hear, that the Taliban could well become an albatross around their necks. Their misgivings have been dismissed amidst the backslapping and congratulations that followed the fall of Kabul. Such was The Great Khan’s confidence in the new arrangement that one of his confidants labeled such naysayers “whiners”. Bus rotay rehtay haiN. Some mandarins have now plucked up the courage to say that the Taliban have “no team” and “no idea”. We hear there are now a few takers for their cautionary tale in the corridors of power.