Gala dinner at Italian national day
Sindh Assembly speaker Nisar Khuhro was the chief guest and hailed the Italian-Pakistan relationship, in trade and other affairs. The ambassador and the consul general too spoke highly of Pakistan and its people and emphasized the need of greater economic cooperation.
Prominent among those present were Sindh minister Agha Sirajuddin Durranin, former Sindh governor and chief minister Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, who has now merged his Sindh National Front into PML (N) to be in the mainstream of national politics. Experts agreed that it was a good decision.
Mumtaz Bhutto can have useful influence on Sindh politics and his inclusion in PML (N) may prove beneficial for the Nawaz Sharif party in coming elections.
The consul generals of UAE Sohail, of Kuwait, Nassiri, of Saudi Arabia Rohaili, of France, of Japan Masaharu Sato, the deputy head of mission in British deputy high commission here, young, enterprising, and Oxford-educated Daniel Tarshish, consul general of Sri Lanka D W Jinadasa, former minister Haleem Siddiqi, Jam Saheb of Lasbela, eminent businessman Kalim Farooqi, Asst member of the managing committee of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Durre Shahwar Nisar, Philip Nelson Marsham of Maersk Shipping, and former chief in Pakistan of Mckinnon Mckenzie, Mirza Abdul Taziq beg, now with an international courier service, the editor in chief of the Ibrat Group of newspapers Kazi Asad Abid, and many more.
The main topic for discussion among invitees was the ruling given by the national assembly speaker Fehmida Mirza to safeguard the interest of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and protect his seat as MNA and also coveted office he has been holding since March 2008 in the wake of the contempt court conviction.
There were as many views, as the number of those involved in this discussion. Some thought that the matter still could be adjudicated by the election commission. Others thought that the speakerís ruling was final.
However agreement seemed on the premierís right to appeal against the supreme court verdict but opinion differed here also that the appeal may well seal the fate of the prime minister. Then the speaker and everyone else will become redundant.
Mr Gordon James Gorman, general manager of the Avari hotel, where the function was arranged himself supervised everything and Dinshaw Avari, now sharing the expanding hotel business of Byram Avari, took care of the guests.
Later a delightful cuisine of Chinese, Pakistani, Italian and Japanese dishes were served to the guests while folk music kept entertaining the people throughout.
It was a great evening and Roberto deserved congratulations.