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“Indeed and I define patience as the ability to count down before losing one’s cool and the people of Azad Jammu Kashmir seriously lost their cool and the Prime Minister was forced to extend a Rs 24 billion subsidy, which will reduce the price of a 40kg bag of flour to Rs 2000 from Rs3100 and the electricity tariff by…”

“Gotcha, and what is to stop people from other parts of Pakistan going to AJK to buy flour and creating shortages there.”

“Start counting…”

“How far?”

“At least up to a billion.”

“Don’t be facetious – that would take forever…”

“Precisely.”

“But here is the thing. Notification Maryam Nawaz says that if you are a girl, and you have permission from your parents to drive a motorcycle, and can count to a billion, then you will be eligible for a free motorcycle.”

“Can she ensure that the free bike is only driven by the recipient and no other male member of the family?”

“No she hasn’t thought that far ahead, besides it has been stayed by a court, my question is instead of spending our tax money on motorbikes why doesn’t she direct the agriculture minister to buy wheat in Punjab and…”

“This is the first time in our history ever that motorbikes are on offer! Remember her daddy’s yellow cab scheme and when he was out of favour there was a long line of yellow cabs parked to welcome and support him.”

“And the Uncle gave free laptops.”

“Right, so if you are lucky you can have a rather old yellow cab parked in your driveway, a green coloured motorbike next to it and a laptop…”

“Reminds me of C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Lion is the emblem that has not been taken away though it may in future as a precedence has been set, the witch is…”

“Stop right there – stay on course.”

“OK, so the witch is Hamza – out in the cold and meeting spiritual guides – male and female…”

“And the wardrobe?

“Khawaja Asif as usual is into cupboards extracting…”

“Let it be.”

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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