Just when I thought I’d seen every tried and trusted technique that self-respecting politicians can embrace, I’m surprised again.
But this time I’m realising the words “self-respect” and “politician” have become as oxymoronic as “military intelligence”.
Indeed, based on multiple search tracks, classic tech­niques include evasion, confusion, prevarication, targeted emphasis, disinformation, secrecy, omission of important facts, selected leaks.
However, apparently in desperation, one political party has now taken to generating as much public noise as tassa in a library, just to be able to say their friends won’t get a fair trial.
Attorneys are trained to “unscramble eggs”, but these few politicians, many of them attorneys, seem intent on creating as much confusion and controversy as possible.
I sincerely hope that everyone, especially the media, will not take this obvious bait, and will exercise due restraint. And I hope politicians will remember their own future prospects and observe the law.
A Raffique


It saddens me to write what I am about to, but it’s a harsh reality that we must face and fight, or, if we are the unpatriotic cowards many believe we are, then we might consider joining millions of others across the world who abandon all hope in their native lands and become refugees, moving like nomads anywhere the wind and fellow refugees take them.

The prime minister’s attempt to frame the issues leading to the collapse of the Police Service Commission and subsequent events as political “janjhat and ra-ra” is sadly ­misguided.

On August 12, an unnamed high-level visitor to President’s House made an intervention that stopped the delivery to the Parliament of the Police Service Commission’s (PolSC) merit list of candidates for Police Commissioner.

The inept handling of the affairs of the Police Service Commission and, more particularly, the imbroglio surrounding the office of Commissioner of Police leading to its eventual collapse have created an ongoing crisis that seems to have no end.

It is quite unseemly for the President to propose names of persons for appointment to the Police Service Commission without responding to the call from large sections of civil society for an explanation of the comess that occurred over the last several weeks.