Here is an excellent piece on the first televised speech of the Prime Minister…. reproduced without comments.
After postponing his speech for three times in that past, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at last mustered his guts and tried to deliver it in the absence of Asif Ali Zardari. The news of Premier’s speech was there in the air, but its’ exact timings were not known to anybody and even the state television crew which permanently resides in the premier house didn’t know about it, though they were put on standby for the last one month.
The reason of the delay in the Prime Minister’s speech was due to the dictation by the Asif Ali Zardari, and premier always delayed his speech because after the Zardari’s inputs nothing was left for premier to say, and he was not happy with it. Like Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, due to his submissive approach and the way he was selected as Prime Minister by Zardari, Yousuf Raza Gilani is now publicly termed as the puppet Prime Minister by media and the common public, and it’s an open secret that all the state affairs are run through Zardari House, instead of the Executive House of Prime Minister.
On the fourth attempt to address the nation in his own capacity, Yousuf Raza Gillani tried to take advantage of Zardari’s long absence from the country, but as soon as Zardari got the whiff of it, he promptly telephoned premier and asked him to delay the speech as he wanted to have a look at it. Zardari then remained in touch with the premier from Dubai and then during his flight to Islamabad, and when he reached Zardari House, the speech of Prime Minister of Pakistan was finalized with a stern note from Zardari, that it must not be postponed now, though premier tried to tell Zardari that it was late in the night, but Zardari “ordered” him to go ahead with it, and that’s what premier did.
The speech was innocuous and without any stings and strings. It was like a homeopathic medicine having no effect at all on anything and anybody. Prime Minister didn’t take the name of Pervez Musharraf, and just criticized the previous government. He didn’t make any dynamic announcement and just harped about the no-where-to-be-seen performance of his hundreds days. He talked about CNG buses which have yet to arrive, and he dweled upon the aloof promises of restoring the judges and reducing load-shedding and poverty. There was no vision and there was no direction in the speech, and it was clearly vivid that premier was himself reading the words first time.
Tailpiece: When the world oil prices are tumbling down and at a six-week lowest average, our beloved Prime MInister has approved a nearly 20% hike in the price of petrol…. excellent work my dear Prime Minister – you are honourably following the path of your predecessor by showing a lack of capacity to undertake wise decision which are for the benefit of the people of the country… Probably you do not understand an iota about world oil markets and you are being nudged in the direction of what the Oil and Gas Advisory Committee now called OGRA wants (which is co-incidentally a club of oil and gas producer and marketers!)… Excellent job indeed.