Maulana Fazalur Rehman of JUI (F) staged a walk out from the NA to protest against his party not being consulted and taken into confidence before launching of the military operation in Swat. Maulana Sahib is well known for such antics that are often accompanied by threats to quit, which are normally acquiesced by the government in the shape of a concession yielding substantial monetary benefits to the Maulana and his partymen. The GHQ lands in DIK area and the infamous diesel permits of the 90s are the cases often cited in point. Some say that the shrewd Maulana Sahib staged the walkout with an eye on the huge booty of funds for the IDPs that's coming in dollars. He would surely like to 'distribute' these moneys to the IDPs himself. A very pious deed and a virtuous determination, indeed. -COL (Retd) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, May 14.