Weekday Squib: Baldev Haeussler Singh’s proposal

…to Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf

At first glance, it appeared that Baldev Haeussler Singh might have been a distant member of the Pandey family. But our ever resourceful research assistant has found that the good Mr Singh is a documentary film-maker, originally from Mandi Dabwali in Punjab-Haryana, but settled in Germany since 1989. So in the unlikely event of there being two persons with the same name, this must be the person who—brace yourself!—offered Mr Musharraf “350 acres of cultivated lands, well-bred horses, a bungalow and a luxury vehicle”, presumably in Punjab.

That’s because Mr Musharraf is a person of Indian origin and “although the Pakistani politicians did not hold Musharraf in high esteem, he is popular in India and that all Indians love him because of his straightforward foreign policy.”

Nice one, Mr Singh. No one, not the Americans, not the British, not the Turks and not even the Saudis thought of including well-bred horses into the package. He should have mentioned that the package includes free electricity courtesy of the Indian government.