So, we have elections now done and dusted in Pakistan… and as international observers generally say pretty fair as well.
.. Well done!
So what did our care-taker Prime Minister Mr Soomro (Mohammadmian Soomro) do to treat himself —
Okay let’s first dig the background who he is and how he came about to be the care-taker PM. Well.. he was chairman of the Senate (upper house in Pakistan) and Mr President (yes.. the ex-military man and our only hope!) appointed him as the caretaker PM to supervise the elections.
As per the general etiquette, any caretaker government does not pass any legislation, starts new important projects, interfere in the budgeting process etc because it is left to the incoming government and rightly so.
This caretaker government has done everything… including transfers and appointments of key administrative posts. (actually it is happening at such a lightening speed across the country.,.. people may be pardoned to believe that these are the acts of the new elected government… do you smell something fishy?)
So coming back to the topic; Our innocent PM authorised the following law:
(i) Exemption from taking out licenses for possessing up to three prohibited bore and six non-prohibited bore weapons.
(ii) Access to state/government guest houses, rest houses and circuit houses in the country free of charge for self, spouse and dependent children (accompanied and unaccompanied).
(iii) Pick-up and drop facilities at all Airports in the country for self, spouse and dependent children (accompanied and unaccompanied) with protocol coverage by the provincial govts/Northern Areas/AJK in their respective areas and by the Cabinet Division/Senate Secretariat at Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Protocol coverage/Staff Car to be provided also during travel by road outside Headquarters, if required.
(iv) Detailment of a staff car by the respective governments for self, spouse and dependent children during their visit outside Headquarters throughout Pakistan
(accompanied and unaccompanied) and by Cabinet Division/Senate Secretariat if chairman and his family visit the federal capital, if they reside outside Islamabad.
(v) Services of Private Secretary, security guard, driver and a cook for life time.
(vi) Free medical aid for life time in Pakistan and abroad subject to approval by the Medical Board for self, spouse and dependent children.
(vii) Diplomatic passport to self, spouse and dependent children.
(viii) Special security arrangements for chairman and his family either on his request or by the federal government on its own accord taking into account the circumstances past and present.
(ix) Free installation of telephone at residence and payment of charges for its use up to Rs 5,000 per month or such higher amount as the federal government may determine from time to time.
(x) Issuance of ASF passes for self, spouse and dependent children with endorsement of Apron at all Airports in the country and two Apron passes for staff.
So guess who is it for………….. innocently it is for all current and ex-Chairman of the Senate, their spouses and dependent children and yes it is for their life … yes for life..
Excellent…work… keep it up! You are an example for the Prime Ministers to come…. hell with the country being poor… hell with the people wanting justice and basic provisions like clean water, health, education… hell with the electricity crisis which speaks loudly of the total incompetence of the past government… hell with the country…
All hail Mr Soomro – our ideal …
Endnote: Well to be fair to Mr. Soomro, he just following example of the former PM, Shaukat Aziz who left the country and now resides in a posh London area .. Anyone can make some money after playing with the stock market, trying to privatise the Steel Mills for partly sums, hoarding sugar and wheat etc… Yes Mr Aziz was involved in all of this!
UPDATE: It is reported in the media that the PM has withdrawn this package for himself….. shouldn ‘t he resign now 😉 .. anyway his days are numbered.. 🙂 the new PM is going to be elected in the coming week with the inauguration of the new Parliament.