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"Why was the National Assembly prorogued?"

"Don't know, though the opposition members say it was to save the deputy speaker though for the life of me I don't know how he could be saved."

"Well, maybe the Khan administration has not decided who to replace him with yet so they went for prorogation."

"That is believable. I mean considering that the number of vacancies at key positions has reached a historic high..."

"That is The Khan's aim, so as long as it is a historic high..."

"Don't be facetious."

"The numbers of the cabinet, special assistants and advisors to the prime minister are also at a historic high."

"There you go! Then the rail accidents and delays in departure have also reached a historic high. Then there is PIA and PSM performance and..."

"I take strong exception to your mention of PSM; the entity has been non-operational since Nawaz Sharif's tenure."

"But the matter is unresolved and billions continue to be required for salaries and pensions and..."

"So same-o same-o; and not a historic rise with respect to payouts for PSM."

"I stand corrected."

"Anyway, I want to ask you another question? Why is D Chowk under lock down for the past week? I thought The Khan had said he would provide containers and food for any dharna aspirants at D Chowk and..."

"There is speculation that Ijaz Shah may lose his job so I guess he is being overzealous and..."

"What about the man responsible for Blue Area? I mean there is this small stretch of road - from Nadra Chowk to Attaturk Avenue - which has been under construction for the past year and a half and you know it's causing traffic jams in the Blue Area and with D chowk under lock down too..."

"Hey, there is no one person responsible, the issue is between Iesco and CDA and perhaps the position of negotiator in the two organizations is vacant which is why the matter remains unresolved..."

"Right, and as austerity trumps all else - the traffic jams, accidents, vehicles maintenance costs..."


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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).