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Loo and behold — it’s VVIP Pakistan

Cash-strapped Islamabad’s corridors of power have toilets for their tuffs.

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Jul 24, 2019, 08.04 AM IST
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In absence of PM Imran Khan , Pakistan’s ministry of industries and production the installed VVIP lavatories that are guarded by biometric devices.
Even as in consideration of his country’s parlous financial condition, Pakistani PM Imran Khan took a comparatively inexpensive commercial flight, rather than a special plane, to wing his way to Washington DC, for his first-ever meeting with US President Donald Trump, a storm in a toilet bowl erupted back home.

The cause of the commotion reportedly was the installation of so-called VVIP lavatories in the ministry of industries and production that are guarded by biometric devices that permit ingress only to those who are of the rank of additional secretary, or above.

While it is not clear what anatomical specifications are required to enter these sanctum sanctorums of sanitation, these privies for the privy-lengtsia have caused an uproar in the country’s social media that see them as a flagrant case of nose-thumbing at the PM’s election pledge to usher in a ‘Naya Pakistan’.

Diehard defenders of Pakistan’s ancien régime might well plead that those entrusted with minding the regulatory Ps and Qs of the nation are entitled not to have to queue to pee along with aam janta, and that those enthroned in high public office should be entitled to occupy exclusive thrones of another sort.

However, critics of Skipper Imran’s dispensation could well cite this as another indication that the country is, literally and metaphorically, going to pot.


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