I hear that a “Crack team of Bird Flu experts” has left for Pakistan to investigate the Bird-Flu outbreak over there.
Not sure if that was a real story or a spoof.
If true, then where is this team going?
Will they be checking in to the North West Frontier Hilton?
Or may be they are going to talk to the local politicians, bureaucrats in Pakistan to find out as to what is going on in that part of the world?
Well, I am afraid that the politicians and the bureaucrats in Pakistan are totally clueless about all of this.
The news about a possible bird flu outbreak in that area is not new.
There have been reports of lots of chickens mysteriously dying in the Afghan/Pakistan border area since the last winter.
It is not easy to understand here in the West, as to how cheap human life really is in that region and therefore, news of many people dying (let alone chickens dying) does not result in big headlines.
This is the North west Frontier of Pakistan, a region where the writ of Pakistani law has never fully extended, and which is thought to be a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden.
I suppose the “crack team of experts” will immediately meet up with the other crack team, already investigating the disappearance of Osama in that same area.
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