Khadim Hussain

Khadim Hussain

A Lahore based columnist for The Express Tribune who contributes to Five Rivers Running.

I know a secret: Of former handlers

The chief minister announced ahead of the World Cup semi-final match that every member of the national cricket team would get 25-acre agricultural land if they win. After the team lost the match, he announced cash awards. Why is the chief minister so inclined to doling out public funds? A former manager of the cricket team advised his friends against betting on Pakistan winning the semi-final. He claimed that he had seen a bowler with a notorious bookie about four years ago. The former manager claimed that he saw the bookie come out of the player’s room. He also claimed he saw ...

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March 22, 2011
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I know a secret: Grounded planes and flying capital

The Khadim-i-Aala may be bending over backwards trying to set things right and boast about rule of law in Punjab, but right under his nose an outspoken MPA belonging to a family of Pirs has been involved in not just the talk shows but doing what he should not be doing. The man is involved in all sorts of things. He was instrumental in getting a magistrate transferred because the man was not willing to cough up Rs2.5 million. The young man has also been reported to be criticising the CM for creating hurdles in his way and not letting ...

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I know a secret: Together at exclusive clubs

The list of people given complimentary, or subsidised, membership of the Royal Palm Golf Club, built on 141 acres of prime real estate owned by Railways, includes members of the intelligentsia, military, media, politicians and bureaucrats. The club keeps organising parties for the people that matter in the country. Only recently it hosted the wedding party of the son of a pir from Multan. Of late, these people have been worried about the fate of the club where they can enjoy meals with juices imported from France safe from the sea of misery and chaos outside. *****   Raymond Davis’s departure was facilitated ...

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I know a secret: Loyalties and limousines

Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti may have survived the attempt on his life last weekend, had his pleas for better security, in particular a bullet proof car and a house in the Ministers’ Enclave been heeded. While some cronies of the man on the hill have been given bullet proof cars, without holding any cabinet portfolio. ************************************************ Elections to the Lahore High Court Bar, the biggest associations of lawyers in the country in terms of membership, were held on the last Saturday of February.  The contest was between Muhammad Asghar Gill and Rai Bashir.  Gill won by over 1,562 votes polling 4,172 votes. ...

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February 1, 2011
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I know a secret: World Cup junket and police sleaze

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman has gone with his family on another junket to see his team play the World Cup. Pakistan may have won the first match against Kenya, but things do not seem very promising. Had the obese chairman of the lean PCB handled his job with some dignity and enforced discipline, Pakistan’s national cricket team would have been far better placed to win the cup. One hopes that the PCB chairman’s sense of honour finally wakes from it shameful slumber and he bids farewell to the game. **** Residents of Lahore’s Defence Housing Authority experience frequent traffic jams ...

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I know a secret: The ways of the VVIPs

Residents of Streets 15 and 16 of DHA Lahore’s Y Block have had a rough ride ever since a string of houses, belonging to a VVIP family, started springing up with the return of democratic rule in Pakistan. It gets worse every Saturday and Sunday, when the boss arrives from Isloo. The residents of DHA Phase1-3 are not the only ones who have to put up to road closures and police pickets, the police also are heard complaining. Protocol requirements have become an addiction even for family members, who may not even be recognised, if they were seen driving around. Policemen say ...

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Of lawyers and lawmakers

The secret to the lawyer’s strength The lawyers’ group that garlanded the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer is headed by a certain black coat, who is closely related to a former general, who once headed the premier spy agency of the country. This general is known to have had contacts with the Taliban. In fact, he played a key role in making them the Frankenstein monster that they are today. The general is also a major domo in the transport business and his family occupies prime real estate in Rawalpindi. As for the lawyer, it is said that even Imran ...

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