In a flummoxing report, it has come to light that a former Pakistani judge, named Sikandar Hayat was found to have over 2,200 cars registered in his name. Pakistani daily, Dawn, reported that the former Judge’s legal counsel, Mian Zafar, told the Pakistan Supreme Court that his client owned only one car. However, 2,224 cars were registered in the name of his client. According to Hayat’s lawyer, the former judge stated that a few days ago, the former Judge had received a challan a few days ago, for a car that he didn’t own.
After the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department was informed about the same, it surfaced that the former judge Hayat was the registered owner of as many as 2,224 cars. The apex court has directed the secretary and the director of the Punjab excise department to file a report in the matter. The court has sought this report within a week.
This is indeed shocking and shows the trend of an exceedingly rich and prosperous Pakistani judiciary and bureaucracy, while the Pakistani economy is in the midst of a deep crisis. This shows that the public representatives of the Pakistan are absurdly rich while its economic woes do not seem to end. Recently, the Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan reportedly departed on a desperate tour to Saudi Arabia, to attend an investment conference boycotted by other leaders, on account of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The fact that Pakistan was compelled to attend this conference even though it was boycotted by a majority of participants speaks volumes of the dire condition that is in. The dangers of a balance of payment crisis is looming large over the Pakistani economy and Imran Khan is expected to, somehow save it from a probable breakdown, by attending this conference.
Pakistan’s pathetic economic conditions are not a work of imagination. Imran Khan told in an interview before embarking on the tour that that even he was concerned by Khashoggi’s death but Pakistan cannot afford to skip this event because “we’re desperate” for possible Saudi loans to shore up Pakistan’s economy. Therefore, he himself spoke of the pitiable situation that the Pakistani economy is in. Pakistan is currently facing a current account deficit, to the tune of a whopping $18 billion. Pakistan is clearly in a fix. As far as its economy is concerned, it is almost done and dusted. The way it has to literally beg before its make believe friends and the IMF, shows that its economy is rickety. Now their desperate pleas for respite are far too loud to ignore. Pakistan has also requested the IMF for a loan. Well, when a country decides to invest more in terror and less in its economy, bad things start to happen.