By Maryam Iraj
Before I pen deep and real, let me confess that I am a music lover and appreciate all forms of performing arts. The purpose of writing this article is not to malign the image of anyone but to bring out the reality which exists behind the closed doors and under the religious garb. We all know the affairs, the scandals, the dirty games of the power corridors but can’t confront these filthy games of money, power and sex because we live in a visual world. We need proof and here we have it:
There are politicians who survive sexual offences and then there are those who do not. Trump being a serial adulterer and proud sex assaulter is sitting in the White House with his finger on the nuke to blow-up this world and running the world affairs. Things can’t get possibly worse, but then we have many sex offenders who were caught, tried, shammed and they publicly apologized for their sex crimes like the ex-president Bill Clinton.
Keeping in view of the “honour the vote” mantra, Siddique-al-Farooq, 70, can also get away unabated with his boy-crazy venture.
After a massive power show of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) on 29 April 2018 at Minar-e-Pakistan, PML-N’s Minister of Law, Rana Sana Ullah, commented on the PTI’s female workers, supporters and members, in a bid to assassinate their character:
ان کے ٹھمکے بتا رہے تھے یہ کہاں سے ہیں۔
(Their dance moves and groves tell where these females come from,referring to prostitutes in a Pakistani society.)
Rana Sana Ullah being well-versed in “those thumkas” immediately identified with the eye of a pro, the family background and the up-bringing of the female political workers.
If I endorse the character assassination ideology of Rana Sana Ullah for a moment, how the public would judge a senior PML-N leader, Siddique-al-Farooq, who also served as the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB); a statutory board that manages religious properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs who had migrated to India following the partition, but was dismissed by CJP, Justice Saqib Nisar, on the grounds that he had exceeded his three-year tenure in January.Will the same judgments be passed by his fellow PML-N colleagues on him?
There is nothing wrong with singing but it starts to get murky for PML-N leaders who bash the females with sexist comments both in the parliament and on media, however never fail to seduce a beautiful girl with their crooning talents if given a chance. Needless to emphasize the fact that PML-N politicians are adept to crooning more than the professional singers.
And the veteran leader, Siddique-al-Farooq, did not miss his chance of wooing a beautiful anchorperson and model, Rachel Khan of Channel 7:
According to a very reliable source, Siddique-al-Farooq, 70, not only sings in private to Rachel Khan, the anchorperson and model, but also “allegedly” sends her expensive gifts and makes property offers to her which he got on lease from his previous job.
In alignment with the philosophy of Rana Sana Ullah:
ان کے راگ بتا رہے ہیں یہ کہاں سے ہیں ۔
(His musical notes are reflective of his family background.)
This is the trend which they started to pass sexist remarks on females. Be it Rana Sana Ullah, Minister of Law, Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Power, or Siddique-al-Farooq,ex-ETPB Chairman, they all give it a try in private or harass females with sexist comments in public. How unmanly is the modus operandi!
Sidiqque-al-Farooq, 70, was relieved of his duties in January 2018 during the hearing of a suo motu case based on media reports that the Katas Raj pond; considered by the followers of Hindu religion a sacred place, was drying out due to water consumption by nearby cement factories. ETPB board had already raised questions on the undue extended tenure and poor administrative abilities of the veteran leader of PML-N, Siddique-al-Farooq. The Chief justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, questioned why Farooq continued to hold the position of ETPB chairman when his term had ended, and showed extremely poor performance. Hence fired him. Little he knew about the singing talent and banters of the senior PML-N leader.