The National Assembly Standing Committee on Aviation has called upon social critic and MQM Muslim Shower Nadeem Farooq Paracha to testify whether the Pakistan International Airlines did, indeed, serve alcohol on board its flights in the 1960s.
“We were going over the decline of the national airline over the years in the committee,” said Chairperson Syed Mustafa Mahmud. “And then Cheema Sahb, who seemed inexplicably happy for 3:00 PM, said that they used to serve alcohol in the 60s and how that, alone, was why foreigners flew the airlines back then.”
“I didn’t know, being a 70s kid myself, went to college in the 80s, so I had some doubts,” said Mahmud. “So we knew that there was only one man for the job and called in Mr Paracha.”
“So we sent a vehicle to pick him up from his quarters inside a bathroom at Nine Zero, Azizabad, Karachi and flew him out here to Islamabad,” he said. “We’ve been told that on the flight, he repeatedly asked for special lassi after which the cabin crew administered a tranquiliser, from which he woke up only in Islamabad.”
“Yes, they used to serve alcohol on flights on PIA,” he said.
“And…..,” asked a member of the standing committee.
“I’m afraid that’s all I know,” said Paracha.