While a post earlier we discussed the rare breed of honest Pakistanis who truly believe in making sure that all their outstanding debts to society are cleared up. In all honesty when looking out our current breed of politicians one sincerely hopes that they too may one day learn that being an elected representative of a population they thence forth entrusted with a very heavy responsibility to serve the people in a very just way and to top it off being Muslims they are further burdened with an additional responsibility to be answerable to all their actions and deeds in life here-after.
This scanned letter has been making its rounds on various mailing lists for the good part of this week. The letter originates from the desk of Mrs. Nargis Makhdoom who quite blatantly uses the title of “Sister of Prime Minister” & “Wife Of Additional Secretary National Assembly” which might be good enough to force Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed of HEC to hear out The Barar[sic] Zafar Ali to present his ‘special case’ and maybe Dr. Ahmed would then in light of the attached letter be accommodating to Zafar’s special situation.
What probably may humor many amongst us is to note that the extensive preparation done in advance to create the fill-in-the-blanks type of sifarish letter, typically all prepared to dole out immediately as and when needed without the proper critical evaluation.
On November 11th 2008 The News carried a report on a statement issued by the PM Secretariat titled Gilani warns his family members not to use his name
‘Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has issued strict instructions to his family members not to use his name to influence anyone in any way,’ his Press Secretary Zahid Bashir. The PM has said that he would not tolerate it if his son or anyone else in his family would use his name to influence anyone, he said. The PM’s press secretary said this when his attention was drawn to a fake letterhead through which various ministries are being pressurized to avail jobs or other favours.
A copy of this fake letterhead was received by The News, which is addressed to the Higher Education Commission, describing Mrs Nargis Makhdoom as sister of the prime minister and wife of an additional secretary National Assembly Zahid Bashir said that if Nargis Makhdoom had printed such a letterhead, then she had not sought prior permission of the PM for this. He asked for a fax copy of the letterhead. However, he did not react when a copy was faxed to him.
Three mobile numbers are mentioned on the letterhead and the PS to the sister of the PM confirmed that one of them was of Nargis Makhdoom. The other numbers are of her son and personal secretary. The telephone number of her home is also correctly mentioned in the letterhead.
However, the PS to Mrs Nargis Makhdoom said it was a conspiracy to defame the prime minister. When Nargis Makhdoom was contacted, she said she had not written any letter and kept on insisting that the original letter, not the photocopy, be sent to her. ‘Neither I have sent any letter nor I have any letterhead with such a portfolio,‘ she said. The spouse of Mrs Nargis Makhdoom said that his wife did not write such letters and that he was an additional secretary in the National Assembly and he could have written a better letter with better results. He said that someone else was misusing the name of his wife
A comment from Daudpota on flickr which seems to have be the original source of this image quite rightly questions The press would do well to ask the HEC about how it acted on receiving this and previous notes from the high-ups and their relatives.
Though the Prime Minister is angelically may be denying any misuse of the Prime Ministers office, but what he might have conveniently forgotten is the wedding that took place a month or so back