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"I would advise The Khan to establish a new ministry - the Ministry of Visual Technology."

"Two things; first The Khan takes advice sparingly as you know, unless there is a spiritual element involved and there is absolutely no such element where you are concerned and secondly I reckon you made a mistake and instead of referring to Ministry of science and technology which we have and it is headed by Fawad Chaudhry who has made something out of this ministry too and kudos to him and..."

"Granted, but the ministry of science and technology is usually given by the head of government to someone who is a loyalist but not critical..."

"Nice way of saying someone whose career is in a ditch and I am directly translating from the Urdu expression khudda (ditch) line... Abida Hussain had it, did you know Dr Sania Nishtar once held this portfolio and..."

"Line is an English word."

"That's Pakistani government's contribution to Minglish anyway when I said The Khan must establish a Ministry of Visual Technology I meant just that. There needs to be someone who can advise our ministers on how to dress at what forum and apply appropriate make up to make them visually more attractive..."

"Dear God you are again referring to Gandapur who I have heard has refused to blow dry his hair on principle - he reckons it's a woman's field and..."

"So hire a woman, as it is there are very few women federal ministers and..."

"Don't be facetious."

"Maleeha Lodhi has been fired so perhaps..."

"I would like to state for the record that the UN job must be given to someone who is independently wealthy and not stingy about spending money for the country to entertain which is necessary..."

"Agreed, Hussain Haroon was a big success because he had the money and the inclination but there is another man who has the money though I am not sure he has the inclination."


"Razzak Dawood."

"An advisor trumps that appointment so a demotion..."

"But for national interest..."

"Ha, ha, ha. Anyway I don't think Maleeha Lodhi would be good for the position."

"Well, there is no one in Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf who qualifies though there are many in the Pakistan People's Party..."

"What about PML-N?"

"Hmmm, Maryam Nawaz is the only one I can think of but then The Khan would have an indigestion attack if you recommend her."


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Anjum Ibrahim has a BA in Economics from Vassar College and an MSC from the London School of Economics. She has worked in a multilateral institution and has been associated with Business Recorder for a long time and currently holds the post of Resident Editor in Islamabad. She also hosts a show on Aaj TV "Paisa bolta hai" (money talks).