Pres­i­dent’s Party

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Be­ing pres­i­dent of the coun­try is S VERY CUSHY JOB IN 0AKISTAN 7HILE the prime min­is­ter gets the bat­ter­ing, the Pres­i­dent gets the high­est pay among all gov­ern­ment ser­vants – and he is not ex­pected to ‘do’ any­thing for that pay ex­cept be the pres­i­dent and live in a fab­u­lous man­sion in )SLAMABAD 7HEN HE MOVES AROUND he does so in a long mo­tor­cade though he can do the same with just two cars – one in he which he is travelling and the other for his se­cu­rity men. 7HEN IT CAME TO THE WED­ding of Pres­i­dent Mamn­non Hus­sain’s grand­daugh­ter, he chose the huge lawns of the gov­er­nor’s house in Karachi for the event. Of course, no other venue could have ac­com­mo­dated the gi­gan­tic num­ber of peo­ple he was invit­ing, ex­cept per­haps the Na­tional Sta­dium, but that would have spoiled the pitch. Even the Pres­i­dent knows that! And then there is the money that must be saved.

Mam­noon Hus­sain may have been one of the most in­ac­tive pres­i­dents in Pak­istan’s his­tory, even less ac­tive than Fazal Elahi Chaudhri (in ZA Bhutto’s ten­ure), but he is cer­tainly a gen­er­ous host.

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