February 12, 2012
LAHORE: Might is right, so goes the saying and exercising this might for the all wrong reasons is something some Pakistani journalists are really good at.
Consider this: A busy road being made anew is in its final stages of completion. The layout and other engineering aspects have virtually been executed. The plan is not to have a u-turn on this stretch of Shahara-e-Fatima Jinnah in Lahore in order to ensure uninterrupted flow of traffic.
But in Pakistan, even the most impeccable of plans can be changed overnight to please the mighty.
Now we all know that the offices of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group are located alongside this road and how could it be that some of the group’s top executives have to drive a few yards to make a u-turn. How very inconvenient!
So this ‘faulty’ plan had to be rectified and immediately so. This prompted a phone call from a top journalist of this media house to the province’s chief minister.
And so a u-turn was quickly made. After all, how could the chief minister have said ‘No’.