Feisal Naqvi

Puttar, halaat behtar ho jaan gay

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 at 4:10 am

True story: Asif Jan, later judge but then a young lawyer for the Punjab government was one day publicly ripped to shreds by the fearsome Maulvi Mushtaq. In the audience was Maqbool Elahi Malik, the then and future Advocate General Punjab. As Asif Jan despondently left the courtroom, he turned to the AG and said he wanted to quit. The AG told him to hang on: “puttar, halaat behtar ho jaan gay.” Asif Jan felt a lot better. After all, if the AG was telling him things would get better, he obviously had good reason. But what was that reason? After a while, Asif Jan asked the AG the reason for his optimism. The response is as relevant now as it was then: “puttar, halaat aes toan pehray tay nahi ho sagday!” (i.e., things can hardly get worse). And on that cheerful note, I wish you all a very happy New Year. Kyoon key halaat aes toan pehray tay nahi ho sagday!

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