One of the most interesting things happening was the restoration of NATO supply routes. Another interesting thing was the doctors’ strike. Were they related? I don’t know, but if future historians wish to make the claim that, in response to the doctors’ strike in Punjab, the federal government restored the supply routes, who will be there to deny it? Surely, not one of the young doctors (by then very old), nor any of the policemen (by then retired) who arrested any of the doctors when they went in the doctors’ hostels to break the strike. And by then, if any of the route restorers is still around, will they be in a position to deny that the decision had anything to do with the strike?

The restoration decision should have meant an end to drone strikes, but it didn’t. And it wasn’t made a condition of restoration, which might lead us to the conclusion that the restoration was despite the parliamentary review, not because of it. So if we must cast about for events with a relation to the restoration, why not the doctors’ strike?

Or why not Pervez Elahi? After all, he became Deputy Prime Minister, and the NATO supplies were restored? Was his elevation a condition? I don’t think it was, but if it was, was probably laid down by President Pervez Musharraf. And not just because he was the guardian angel of Ch Pervez’ party, but because he wanted some means of getting into Pakistani politics without having to undergo the necessity of actually coming here, a place about which anyone says who has spent anything over a week abroad, “Tumhara mulk main pollution ziada hai.” And not because there are too many Pervezes in our country.

Come to think of it, perhaps Pervez Musharraf started a fashion in the Army for the name (like Pervez Ashraf Kiyani), but then the PPP made the fashion really spread with Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf. Would Gilani have survived if he had been named Pervez Raza instead of Yousaf Raza? If so, then any questions by him should go to his father Alamdar Hussain, and no one else, because no one else named him. The PPP has Raja Pervez, the PML-Q Ch Pervez, but who does the PML (N) have? Pervez Rasheed. I believe he could call himself Khwaja Pervez, though to my knowledge he has never used the title, leaving it to the well known Lollywood music director. But that leaves us the question of the Pervez in the PTI, which it seems no one has been joining recently. And the P stands for Pakistan, so don’t try that one. Perhaps Imran should change his name to Pervez. That would make him the namesake of the only other cricketer to have made anything of himself outside cricket, PJ Mir, who made the Pakistan squad to the 1975 World Cup, putting his name of Pervez Jamil behind the initials, which he carried over into TV, when he got going there, a couple of decades later.

Speaking of the PTI, it seems that it is going to start a Rickshaw Revolution instead of one of the Flower Revolutions that once sprung up all over Eastern Europe. It seems a lot of rickshaws have been bedecked with pictures and announcements of various prominent citizens who have been given PTI tickets. That’s a new method of awarding party tickets: let the rickshaw drivers do it! I wonder what you do in a constituency that doesn’t have any rickshaws? Not award the ticket? Maybe you go on hunger strike, as Imran says he’s doing to protest the NATO supply route restoration, which is another way of him saying he can’t find organic food any more.

While NATO has been having its supply routes restored, we’ve been having the Ferozepur Road improved. But the pace of improvement is so hurried, and the improvements flowing so thick and fast, what with the Kalima Chowk flyover, then the Ichhra flyover, and now the blessed bus lane, we’ve not been able to enjoy the boons of the last improvement before we’re fighting off the dust from the next. Maybe that is the result of having in office in a province a party that has ruled the whole country.

Well, maybe that party wouldn’t have restored the NATO supply lines. Let’s see if it at least joins the Long March organized by the Difa-i-Pakistan Council to protest.