Punjab Law Minister’s foot in his mouth


Immediately after the Lahore blast on 27 May, Rana Sana, the Punjabi Law Minister went hysterical with the typical Pakistani conspiracy theory: It is India who is behind every mischief in Pakistan. On every channel he was harping on “the Indian hand”. Within minutes his allegation was echoing all over Pakistan. Rana Sana did not offer any insight by way of even a semblance of proof.

A few hours later, Shahbaz Sharif, Rana Sana’s boss, visited a hospital to speak to the injured. Some journalists prodded him to repeat Rana Sana’s India-bashing banality. But he was wiser: “Without proof we cannot accuse anyone.”

A few hours later Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of Pakistani Taliban, confirmed that he was behind the blast. Rana Sana did not have decency to apologize for his lie.