A picture of the national cricket team with both President and Prime Minister was taken recently on the eve of a reception in the Presidency. The photo was taken at a place, which also had pictures of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman of the PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the background. The detractors of Bhuttos found in it a great opportunity to launch a virulent campaign accusing the President of ordering "removal of Quaid's pictures from the Presidency and replacing it with those of the Bhuttos". The allegations are nothing but lies and slander. According to standard protocol, the Quaid's pictures are displayed at all significant places used by the President to receive national and international dignitaries. Quaid's portraits adorn the meeting halls, the President's office, the waiting room for visitors, the official meeting rooms and the main halls where state functions are held. Pictures of former heads of the states with Quaid distinctively occupy the central place in large frames overshadowing pictures of other heads of state. They are also displayed in a special vantage corner attracting the attention of every visitor to the ceremonies held in the Presidency. Needless to assert that Quaid's pictures have been in all these places ever since the Presidency was built. Even pictures of former dictators like Zia, Musharraf and Yahya have not been removed or shifted from the special corner where photos of former heads of state are displayed. The Bhutto-haters are frustrated over their striding the national political scene like colossuses. They can't tolerate their pictures adorning the walls of Presidency. To give vent to their frustration they have no qualms in resorting to lies and falsehood by alleging that the Qauid's pictures had been removed from the Presidency. -FARHATULLAH BABAR, Spokesperson of President House, Islamabad, via e-mail, July 1.