Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif have amused people in Karachi for completely different reasons.
During the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) meeting on Saturday, Nawaz Sharif requested that he be shipped a serving of Karachi’s Palak Gosht that he once enjoyed in the city.
The elder of the two Sharifs participated in the PDM meeting via video link from London. At one point, he reminisced about Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan leader (late) Shah Ahmad Noorani who had thrown a dinner party for Nawaz Sharif. “I still savour the fine and delicious food. The Palak Gosht (meat with spinach) he served is unlikely to be found anywhere today,” he said.
Nawaz said if there were any "leftovers" from the Palak Gosht, meat with spinach, served at the dinner for the PDM leaders, it should be sent to him. His remarks amused the participants, who had a hearty laugh.
Shehbaz wells up
The younger Sharif, Shehbaz, surprised Karachiites, when he met notables from Karachi’s NA-249 Baldia Town constituency. As he listened to them describe the problems the city faces, Shehbaz welled up and almost wept when he said that Karachi was being treated like a stepchild with its rulers behaving like stepmothers.
An overwhelmed Shehbaz said he prayed that Karachi’s situation would improve ''before I die because Pakistan cannot make progress without Karachi turning into a prosperous city."
In other odd news from Pakistan, Peshawar has seen demand for burkas (or burqas) climb since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Burka-sellers in Peshawar have told journalists that sales have grown sharply since the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15. They believe the burkas they sold were being exported to Afghanistan, where women are now expected to cover from head to toe.
The demand for burkas has gone up despite assurances from the Taliban that only headscarves may suffice.
Two days after the Kabul was taken over, the Taliban’s Qatar office spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Britain's Sky News that the burka was not the only hijab (headscarf) that women could use, and “there are different types of hijab not limited to the burqa.”