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.