Tallat Azim Just as the PML-N press conference gave the shock and awe treatment to the whole dumb founded country, an hour before the signing ceremony, the sudden news of resolved issues, in a matter of days after the initial disappointment, has raised spirits considerably. The Parliamentary Committee on Con-stitutional Reforms (PCCR) had toiled for several months trying to disentangle all the knots the 1973 Constitution found itself in. The committee, representing all political sides, has made 95 amendments to the oft tampered document and everyone has given their consent to the proposed changes. All the parties represented in the committee have displayed maturity and political wisdom and have not disappointed in the final outcome. The man of the hour is Senator Raza Rabbani, who is head of the PCCR and who never despaired or faltered from the task assigned to him. He only took on the temporary role of advisor to the prime minister (without any perks), so that he would be able to present the amendments to the Parliament. If he had not been made advisor, with the status of a minister, the Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Babar Awan, would have outranked him and would have much liked to steal the thunder from Raza Rabbani by presenting the final amendments to the house himself. In every situation there is an ongoing, habitual tussle between the right way of doing things and the wrong way of doing them in this land of the pure. The members of the committee prevailed and the chairman of the committee presented the draft of the new-look constitution. There is genuine change in the air and the National Assembly is to regain its missing clout. Just for this moment, all of us have reason to celebrate. The prospect of the restored constitution at least sets things on track again. It has obviously not been an easy task. It was made possible because the committee was headed by a persevering, low-profile and steadfast person like Senator Rabbani. A man of few words, he is not given to charming people or the media unnecessarily. Important offices are offered to him but he declines. (That fact alone makes me doubt his Pakistani credentials) Very few men in public eye in this country resist the urge to express their views to all and sundry and to hold forth confidently, whatever the occasion. In recent times, there are only two men who rely more on showing actual results as opposed to speaking about them. Apart from Raza Rabbani, the other is General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Both of them retain an aura of mystery because they say so little. They both have the irresistible quality of not being entice-able And they have both rendered, quietly but surely, invaluable services for Pakistan for which they deserve salutations. It also proves, more than ever, that the politicians and the faujis have distinct responsibilities which, when in sync, can change the fortunes of this beleaguered nation. While the future has begun to take on a brighter hue as far as the constitution is concerned, some things continue in a familiar pattern, causing consternation and a strong sense of abhorrence. The case of the son of the DG Rangers ordering the Rangers to beat up a policeman is despicable, to say the least. When the constable asked the VIP offspring not to park his car in the no-parking area, he was taught a personal lesson. Such behaviour is no longer coverable or forgivable and the FIR lodged against 10 unidentified persons is not enough. The badly behaved and spoilt children of those in positions of authority have to learn the hard way that these are different times. If a DG FIA can be arrested and sent to jail, so can the son of the DG Rangers. The lawyer who beat up a civil judge in Faisalabad deserves exemplary punishment too. Anyone who over steps boundaries must be given a taste of their own medicine and should get the infamous lithar treatment. In their case there will be no objections raised from any quarter, I am sure. Postscript: It is beyond understanding why the Baloch senators created a fuss in the Senate when attention was brought to the case of the Pakistani ambassador in Syria who has fired perfectly competent teachers and hired his relatives in their place, at higher salaries, in the school run by the embassy. The fired staff has sent documents to newspapers and the whole controversy is a huge cause for embarrassment for the country. The faster the official enquiry being conducted is carried out and decisions taken, the better it will be for everyone involved. We have to stop protecting people for the wrong reasons. A similar incident of high-handedness has come to light at the Pakistani school in Saudi Arabia, again under our embassy. It is worse because the Saudi Shariat Court ordered 60 lashes for the retired Pakistani wing commander, who was the principal of the school, for removing people wrongly and other proven misdemeanours. Additionally, this punishment was to be meted out in true Saudi style at 2 pm in public so that the departing students could witness the fate of wrong-doers (Talk about killing two birds with one stone: punishment plus moral lesson all rolled into one). The man in question has however managed to flee the country and has gone to ground. The media has gone to town with the story of Indian tennis star Sanya Mirza marrying Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. It augers well for the spirit of Aman ki Asha and the popular Sanya Mirza will be an interesting addition to the social scene. Our cricketers, despite the ups and downs in their playing performance, seem to be considered good catchers; Imran, Zaheer and Mohsin have all gone that route. Rumours say that there is romance brewing between Wasim Akram and the charming Sushmita Sen, an Indian movie actress of repute. Perhaps, we will be welcoming her into our fold too in the distant future. The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: tallatazim@yahoo.com