There has been a lot happening in this maddening city, even though it appears that not much has been. Most important, all the expectations of the end of Governor's rule have been defeated, and even though Basant is as over as the long march, and even though the dark glasses have successfully presided over both, as planned, the Governor is unmoved. Well, not entirely unmoved, because the City witnessed one of those moments that come every year, but which still seem to hold a surprise for all residents. Yes, it rained. And it rained for two days, though on the second day, there was not as much received as on the first, when we had a good downpour, which made most miserable, and lovers very happy, for some reason. I have never been one of those that like it to rain. Some people do, and I wonder why. In this uncertain spring weather, the smell most associated with rain is not the earth being revived, as the summer rains can be argued to do, but mothballs, as warm clothes like sweaters, and covers like quilts, are dragged back out into the open from their winter storages. This happened again, because of that spring rain. By the way, it ruined some weddings, and interfered in the rest. But it didn't lead to any postponements, though it did lead to a lot of prayers from anxious fathers. But meanwhile, there are rumours of restoration. These rumours have reached a deafening crescendo with the President's speech to Parliament, in which he announced that Governor's Rule would be lifted soon. The dark glasses, which are enjoying themselves, noted that the speech also mentioned the abolition of presidential powers, which it mentioned no less than a year before, to the same august body, without any action. So the dark glasses hope on. Like the original removal, this will depend on the results of court cases, and probably in Islamabad, where the Supreme Court will hear a review against the disqualification of the Sharif brothers. If the Court reviews the original decision, then Mian Shahbaz Sharif would probably be restored as MPA, and the Lahore High Court would probably then have little hesitation in removing Governor's rule. So the President is only gracefully bowing to the inevitable. And the only result of the whole exercise would be the ouster of the PPP from the ruling coalition, and its replacement by the PML(Q) Forward Bloc which became the parliamentary party. The PML(Q) men should be welcome to the PML(N), for they are a known quantity. All they want is a ministerial flag, and control over the thanedars and patwaris in their constituencies, and they don't mind which ministry they're given, unlike the PPP ministers, who showed an extraordinary concern about portfolios. The other big thing happening in Lahore was the urs of Shah Hussain, or Madho Lal Hussain, which was a public holiday, declared so by the DC, and probably now nazim. The DC used to have 20 holidays to declare a year, only the federal government took over 16 as national holidays, leaving four to the DC. And those were usually allocated in advance. Lahore had the urses of Data Sahib and Shah Hussain, as well as one (or two) for Test matches. Test matches, presumably, that are not the subject of Lahore High Court enquiries, like the last, abandoned, one against Sri Lanka. Anyway, the urs started, and Obama put in his contribution to it by committing precious dollars to Pakistan at a time when we need them most. Obama thought he was presenting a review of US policy on Pakistan and Afghanistan, but someone must have told him that the War On Terror is only seen in Pakistan as an opportunity to achieve the goal of getting more dollars. The more the official dollars coming into Pakistan, the better certain bank accounts will look. And with all of this happening, has anyone noticed that loadshedding is to go after the end of the month? But it will be back, because it is supposed to end again in December. And it can't end unless it starts, can it? Wait and see, but loadshedding will only go with Chief Justice Chaudhry, just as it was only brought back by the federal government when he resumed office. One person no longer bothered by loadshedding, the unassuming reporter who covered the Supreme Court, and who was so brutally and unfortunately murdered. Being personally acquainted with Asad Hameed meant a particular pain at the waste his death represented. Though President Zardari has announced the setting up of a fund for murdered journalists, it won't bring back Asad, who was a true gentleman and an ever-willing worker And we should think hard about who the President was making that speech to. And why it was made in English. And why Rehman Malik is so popular these days.