VI Development
March 27, 2019
Conversation overheard
March 28, 2019

A citizen speaks of no ads for his father

When my father died some years back, I was disappointed that not a single government or semi-government department chose to place a newspaper ad to express its ‘heartfelt’  condolence.  But then I was told that doing so would have been sort of illegal, certainly  immoral and completely ridiculous.  I was satisfied and I never raised this issue again.

Then came the death of some 300  workers in a fire in Karachi factory.   There were however no ads again to express the ‘heartfelt’ condolence of organizations fully or partly run by tax payer’s money.

But then came the sad demise of the father of the advisor to the PM on Petroleum and Natural resources.  This time PARCO (60% government equity) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (71 % government equity) chose to place large ads in newspapers expressing their ‘heartfelt’ condolences.