Whatever little movement we seemed to be making towards strengthening of democracy, improving the national economy and, beefing up internal and external security systems all of it gets outfocused instantly when we come across weirdly myriad accounts like the one that took place in Multan the other day. Twenty-year-old Zeeshan died as the 40-foot deep narrow well he had dug in search of treasure caved in burying him under tons of loose earth. A fake spiritual fortune-teller had told his family that under their house there was a huge treasure trove of gold and jewels. The next day, in Lahore, a young girl was raped by a fake 'pir' and his accomplice invited by her mother to dispossess her of evil spirits. The same day, a man slit throats of his three nephews - Qadir Ali, 4; Zain Ali, 9 and Mahir Ali, 11 - in a forest near Abbottabad in compliance with the advice of his spiritual guide. This is only a sampling of what havoc the fake spiritual healers are wreaking on simple folks. And theirs is not a surreptitious, underworld business; they do their business in the open - even advertise their 'expertise' by word of mouth and through mass media. There is absolutely no check on their proliferation. Then there is this whole host of quacks brandishing titles like 'hakeem' and 'tabeeb' who proclaim, mainly through mass media, their specializations to cure all sorts of human ailments. As this laissez-faire obtains in Pakistan, manufacturing of spurious medicines is rampant, often patronised by those who are supposed to be checking it. In rural Pakistan it is a matter of sheer luck if one gets genuine medicine. So is the case with soft drinks, bottled drinking water, foreign currency notes and college/university degrees. There are also cases of selling meat of dead animals. It's no wonder then we have amongst us a flourishing class of hoodwinks, cheats, and pseudo doctors. Among the international community we as Pakistanis must be a class by itself.