Escalation seems to be the key word of the week. Everything seems to be on a roller coaster or fast forward and we hurtle towards new beginnings with events taking a life of their own. This is also the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, which symbolises the eternal fight between right and wrong or good and evil. The deliberate and unwarranted attack by Nato on a Pakistani post, resulting in the martyrdom of 24 Pakistani soldiers and officers, as well as the memogate scandal, are neck to neck in the headlines race every morning about developing stories in Pakistan. It seems farfetched to imagine that the attack on Salalah was carried out to detract from the memo business, but it does signify that America wants to send strong messages (read 'teach a lesson) to our military to stay the course of cooperation. It is actions like these which give so much impetus to the anti-American arguments and leave such little room for those who advocate peace between all countries. The response in Pakistan to these unprovoked attacks is that of intense rage. While the fact remains that we cannot compete with America in war equipment and technology, it is still the will of the overwhelming majority in this country to break free of the sham of being an American partner in this never-ending war on terror. Why is there no outrage in the world about this action? Why is there such remorselessness on the part of those who need our assistance to attain their goals in this region? As in the case of a violent and abusive partnership in cohabitation, the abused partner has to cut losses and move on, in the ultimate analysis, in order to heal and take a new direction. Even financial dependence has its limits and these are no longer medieval times. The leadership across the board and the people are on the same page about the attack on Pakistan. It is another story when it comes to the mischievous memo and the Supreme Court decision to have an inquiry commission put all its findings on the table in three weeks flat. The government was hoping to go-slow on the whole thing after Hussain Haqqanis resignation, until it phased out from the limelight. The press conference led by Babar Awan and other federal ministers, in a rapid response to the Supreme Court decision to set up an inquiry commission, made it so clear that all was not well within the hallowed walls of the presidency. The panic was almost palpable. The reasons cited for this volatile display of anger were different and many. The most vulgar and dramatic one was that three coffins have been sent to Sindh from the Punjab and the fourth one was being prepared. Punjab, if one studies the whole thing, has no role in the BlackBerry messages or to the allusions in them to the mystery boss person The second reason for so much anger was that the Prime Minister has already started a parliamentary probe into the scandal, so the second inquiry was not needed. The court has not interfered with what the PM ordered and saw no conflict of interest with two enquiries taking place simultaneously. In fact, all apprehensions relating to the executive investigating one of its own members stands to be cleared by the judicial probe. The anger, in my opinion, is more because of not being able to hush down matters. The more the government reacts, the more it proves, as HH would have put it in his chaste Urdu, kuch tau hai jis ki parda daari hai. Before the new month of December, associated with holidays and peace, ends and with it the whole tumultuous year, it promises to disclose and lay bare the memo story through the Supreme Court findings. Anything can happen. So ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts please as we could actually be on the verge of arresting the nosedive right here. Postscript: We struggle with low gas pressures and high petrol prices as winter sets in, and spend our time pondering on which is the best way to commute between cities when the need arises. Our options of air and rail journeys are limited and need no elaboration with much having being said and written about them; now even the road options are threatened with the onset of fog in the winter months. Amidst this gloomy scenario, there are stories that the Presidents sister, Faryal Talpur, is setting up an airline. Credit must be given to this family for sheer bravado, if this report is true. It will prove that the Zardari bloodline is made of stern stuff and does not get detracted or embarrassed by any number of accusations or bothered by such things as conflicts of interest. Recent developments have also shown that two new silver-spooned offspring have entered the political arena to lay a claim to the politics of their respective fathers and prepare for transitional takeover when the need arises. Both are girls, but this is not about gender. One is the daughter of the Prime Minister, Fiza Batool, and the other is the daughter of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz. One would not grudge them their newfound passion for politics, if there had been earlier indications or track records of their leanings towards public service. But just to be plucked out of nowhere as it were and presented to this poor nation as the nex-gen saviours of democracy is a bit hard to swallow. Particularly, as we already have our share of the nex-gen in the form of the Bhutto-Zardaris, Hamza, Moonis and not to be forgotten, Captain Safdar. The writer is a public relations and event management professional based in Islamabad. Email: tallatazim@yahoo.com