Politics in Pakistan, as we all know, can be a hair-raising experience at the best of times. But, now it is literally so. In a reversal of the ‘hair today, gone tomorrow’ dictum, former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League(N) chief Nawaz Sharif has become hirsutely enhanced, sporting a full head of hair as opposed to his earlier baldylocks. With the mane comes a new mien as well. Nawaz, famous for his endearing Punjabi English, now spouts a plummy accent, thanks to his lengthy sojourn in old Blightey. It now remains to be seen whether he will trade in his mutton rogan josh and parathas for such English delicacies as steak and kidney pudding and fish and chips.
Now that he has emerged the kingmaker in the election, having pipped the general whose age-defying black mop has attracted many a titter from his detractors, he will need a tress-buster and this is precisely what he has got himself. It will certainly also serve him well when he needs to take hair cover from the sling and arrows of political opponents. Clearly, a hairless streak runs in the family for brother Shahbaz too has now gone from bald to bountiful. The brothers Sharif are in good company. Our own Salman Khan is known to rush to Western hair enhancers when things come to a head here.
Back to Sharif, we do believe that Pakistanis will look at him with greater admiration, as that famous hair product slogan goes, because he’s worth it.