Eid Miladun Nabi may well be marked today with due religious fervor and devotion, but I’m not that sure. For far too many, especially schoolchildren, it’s merely an extension of the weekend. It is perhaps unfortunate that the holiday has become one to make a lot of hollow protestations, rather than follow the example of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Yet making hollow protestations beats sleeping in late.

One of those who probably missed the occasion was Junaid Jamshed, the pop singer turned preacher, who was killed on a flight from Chitral that went down in Havelian when it tried to land at Islamabad. So huge had been his impact (and that of his group, Vital Signs) on Pakistani pop, that it was as a singer that he is best remembered.

His death seems to have had a huge impact on the entertainment industry, and on a whole generation that was young when Vital Signs burst on the scene. His sharp turn towards religion also seems to have captured imaginations, and because so many appreciate what he did, but don’t have enough motivation (or courage) to follow suit, his death was so widely discussed.

In fact, in Pakistan it was more widely discussed than the death of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in India. She inherited the chief ministership from M.G. Ramchandran (MGR), when he died in 1989. Though merely his mistress, she had beaten out Janki Devi, his widow, when he died in 1989. There was a strong filmi element to Tamil Nadu politics, for the deceased Chief Minister was a prominent film hero, and Jayalalithaa had been one of his heroines. Their party had been the All- India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK). Its main rival, the DMK, was headed by Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a scriptwriter for Tamil films.

The South seems to have a thing for local-language film stars. In a way bigger than MGR, N.T. Rama Rao was chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, a job he left to Chandrababu Naidu, his son-law. And though one of the most prominent chief ministers of Karnataka, Ramakrishna Hegde, was primarily a politician, he also appeared in a few of Malayalam films. It’s also noticeable that both MGR and Rama Rao headed regionalist parties. A little like Muhammad Ali founding the MQM before he died, or Mustafa Qureshi heading JSQM.

Anyhow, apart from Jayalalithaa, another death was that of Mazhar Qayyum, who had been Deputy Editor of this paper. He came to journalism late in life, first having retired from government service, where he had ended as an ambassador. He brought to journalism a quality that served him well in diplomacy: he was a true gentleman.

He wasn’t around for us to pick his brains about the appointment of Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry to the Ambassadorship of the USA, though it was noticeable that his predecessor, Jalil Abbas Jilani, had been his predecessor as Foreign Secretary too. Well, Aizaz Chaudhry has to go and deal with Trump’s hair. At least he didn’t go to North Korea, which has an even worse hair problem.

Despite the hair, Trump might be a hero if he does do something about Kashmir. Admittedly, there wasn’t much doing at the Heart of Asia Conference, where Aizaz’s boss, PM’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz was being given so much undiplomatic treatment. Undiplomatic treatment is a bit of a Modi government specialty. Sartaj was lucky to be let in. The junior hockey team was not, when it tried to go to the Junior World Cup. Was Modi afraid that they would beat up the Indian junior team? Or that Sartaj would wrestle him to the ground and twist his arm behind his back?

Modi may be facing a lot of flak because he is demonetizing the Indian high-end notes, but that is not why he should be suspected of anything to do with the death of Pakistani money changer Javed Khanani, who fell from an under-construction highrise in Karachi. By the way, one of the first demonetizations was carried out by Liaquat Ali Khan, as Finance Minister for all-India in the Congress-League government before Partition, which had Nehru fuming, because so many Congress contributors had to declare their money to the taxmen.

One wonders whether Imran Khan would approve of that measure here. The Supreme Court seems to be painting him into a corner in the Panamagate case, what with the next date in the case being in January. Apparently in a move to cripple the accountability process, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali is retiring this month, and thus causing the bench hearing the case all sorts of problems. The Supreme Court does not seem to realise that the word of a ‘Kuptaanji’ who has won the World Cup and built a cancer hospital should be enough for it to chuck out Mian Nawaz and appoint Imran in his place.

One place where Imran’s sit-in skills seem urgently required is South Korea, where President Park Gyun-Hye has been impeached by Parliament. The final decision will be taken by the Constitutional Court, which had restored the last President to be impeached, Roh Moo-Hyun, who completed his term in 2008. He then committed suicide in 2009. On the other hand, maybe Imran shouldn’t be allowed into South Korea. President Park is a lady who has never married. Imran has married repeatedly, but is currently free. Park’ supporters shouldn’t risk it.