Former President Pervez Musharraf is busy in London, planning his return to politics. His planners include an Islamabad-based hotelier and an anglophile cricketer-turned-political talk-show host. Another of his team, Dr Nasim Ashraf, former boss of the National Commission for Human Development, far removed now from developing humans, had set up a well-funded chair at the Middle-East Institute; it is understood that this is another of the former head honcho's PR moves. Once upon a time, in an era long ago, a party called the All India Muslim League was planned and set up in London. Our generalissimo-no-more wants a party of his own to be christened as All Pakistan Muslim League. * * * * * * * * * * * * The guest list at a family dinner at the Presidency specified that the guest PPP parliamentarians could bring only two kids along and none of the two should be under 18 years of age. With the recent ruckus over the population welfare minister's acquiescence to the casual suggestion on the floor of the house of taxing "excess kids", the guest list, it would appear, is transmitting a subliminal message. * * * * * * * * * * * * The Punjab government has instituted a rather novel response to the recent flurry of accusations of negligence by southern Punjab. The Chief Minister has directed his provincial secretaries to go to southern Punjab for a fortnight and acquaint themselves with the area a little better. Whether a mobile secretariat is the Punjab government's idea of devolution or not, it won't work; they just haven't allocated enough money to the area. The budget for Lahore's Ring Road project is more than the development budget of the whole of southern Punjab. But the idea does remind us of the gora sahib's time. In summers, the NWFP's bureaucratic machinery used to shift to Nathiagali whereas the united Punjab's government used to shift to Simla. The purpose then was to shift the dainty Englishmen to cooler climes. We can expect our baboos to work up a sweat in southern Punjab in August.