A few years ago I read an article titled “The Wrath of Khan” in the monthly magazine “The Atlantic”. The article paints a very bleak picture of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is considered by many to be the greatest scientist Pakistan has ever produced. Mullahs and their followers adore him. Here is a brief summary of just one portion of this 21 page article. You can read the whole article by clicking on the link given at the end of this posting and learn more about Dr. Khan’s other misadventures.
About 2 million people live in Rawalpindi. A beautiful lake in the country side provides much of their drinking water. Even though the land around the lake is privately owned, the zoning laws strictly forbid any type of construction there. The aim is to protect the lake from contamination. Otherwise, rich will build homes and, consequently, drain their sewage into the drinking water of the poor. But someone built a large weekend house near the lake in flagrant violation of the law. As you know ordinary folks cannot build anything illegal. If they do, authorities take quick action and the structures are bulldozed. But the owner of this house was so powerful and influential the authorities could do nothing. Soon other Big Shots followed the suit and a dozen new homes popped up on the forbidden land near the lake. Who was the builder of this house and how did he get away with this public crime?
Let me mention here that once a lake is contaminated with sewage, it is almost impossible to completely cleanup and contain the damage.