The resignation of Ambassador Hussain Haqqani and its immediate acceptance by the government has managed to calm down the furore somewhat. It remains to be seen what an independent inquiry will reveal and whether there are any other fallouts from the memogate scandal. The bulk of the nation watches these evolving developments from a ringside position, because of the ever-present media eyes, and staves off depression with humour. When all of it has blown over, one can imagine a parody being done in which Haqqani is the coquettish girlfriend and Mansoor Ijaz the munshi, while Mullen is the shehri babu and boyfriend and the girlfriend is frolicking around trees and singing loudly chitti zara sayian ji kai naam likh dai, haal meray dil ka tammam likh dai (Im not too sure if the funny bone of the military leadership will be tickled by this though.) The surprise appointment of Sherry Rehman, as our Ambassador to the US, was a very welcome development. She is intelligent and articulate and an excellent image for the PPP government. As someone with a track record for siding and standing up for the right thing, it is expected that she will be able to handle the relationship between the two countries to Pakistans benefit. She has a grip over foreign policy issues and those relating to Afghanistan with her think-tank the Jinnah Institute, recently, printing a relevant report. One other girl who has brought pride to Pakistan and become a ray of hope for so many like her is Malala Yousafzai from Swat. She came into limelight when she was interviewed for television in Swat after all the girls schools were forced to close down by the Taliban in 2009, when she was about 11 or 12. For somebody that age, the child displayed remarkable intelligence with sparkling eyes and confidence, the credit for which goes to her teacher/father. She stated then that she wished to study and get professional education. Malala was nominated as one of the five children around the world for an international peace prize, which was given to a severely physically handicapped girl from South Africa earlier this week. Malalas courage and clarity of mind caught the attention of national and international media for the cause of girls education and the realities on ground for her and other girls like her. The girls cricket team, too, has brought laurels for the country in stark comparison to our cricketers whose appeals against match-fixing were rejected in England. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Fehmida Mirza, has gone to England with an almost impossible assignment. Apparently, she has taken some messages from the PPP leadership for her husband, the enfant terrible of the same party, to ease off the pressure on the governments allies. It remains to be seen what the drop scene of this ongoing drama, much like the Haqqani inquiry, will be. Will we see a reformed Mirza or will the situation make Fehmida lose her job is the key question, as the Mirzas are not looking at divorce as an option and cannot co-exist politically, in the same bed as it were, with two extremely different policy positions. This is, indeed, an awkward situation, if ever there was one A group of over 300 nurses, from all over the province of Punjab, have abandoned the wards and are out on the streets of Lahore to demand better pay scales. This has resulted in some ugly and some funny incidents. The scuffle between the womens police force and the baton charging of the nurses was condemnable. However, the pelting of the nurses by rotten eggs and tomatoes by the traders whose commerce their sit-in blocked was like a scene out of a Charlie Chaplin movie The nurses seem in a very defiant mood and the Provincial Health Secretary clearly seems at a loss on how to deal with them. Not for nothing it is said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. There was a horrifying story of our own version of Phoolan Devi two days ago, who opted to brutally chop her philandering husband into many little pieces and cook him literally. (Cook him herself; mind you and not his goose, lest you misunderstand.) She placed his severed head in the refrigerator, but was discovered before the cooking started. It was amazing to note how calmly and stoically she faced the reporters and accepted her crime without an iota of regret. One caught some men protesting hard and squirming in their seats at this outrage. They included the sorts who do not blink an eye when women are slaughtered in the name of honour. As the saying goes: Like for others what you would like for yourselves. Postscript: We had a showing of our own version of the Oscars, the Lux Style Awards 2011, a few days ago. It is an eagerly awaited event because it showcases the best of Pakistani talent, but, perhaps, has too large a canvas that covers the fashion industry, TV drama, music and the film industry. It is inevitable that we compare the ceremony to the avalanche of award shows that we get to see from the Indian film and music industry. Our personalities of the fashion and glamour world looked beautiful and both the men and women were really well turned out. While the comperes were witty and fun, the recording of the show did not have lustre and it appeared disjointed because of maybe too many segments. We are so evidently behind Indian versions of awards in technology and pizzazz. The best thing this year was the dance performance by Reema and Hassan Shehryar. The awards need to be crisper and shorter with definitely better performances to compete with international events of this sort. The writer is a public relations and event management professional based in Islamabad. 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