An FIR, a Tweet and the End of History

BY NASEER AHMAD

And the media fraternity woke up to breaking news on TV that a lady doctor had filed a complaint against the Minister of State for Health, accusing him of molestation. The police had filed an FIR, and the Minister was likely to be arrested. That is it.

No one came forward to say where the FIR had been registered, what the complaint was, under what sections the FIR had been filed, and who the accused was.  The police had been struck dumb.

Information started coming in in bits and pieces.

It was like last year’s Shaal Bhot (Jackal Hill) area of the Keran sector. You could write anything. It was up to your imagination. The more you stretched it, the more space you had to write. So people wrote. Whatever they wished, attributing everything to sources.  And sources are sources. They have authority without responsibility. Sources too are prone to imagination. They started imagining what might have happened.

Some sources said that the victim went to a court first. Other sources said that she directly went to a police station. Others said that the court directed the police to register an FIR. Others said that the police took the lead and filed the report. Since government officials were not answering phones or divulging details, sources had a field day. They bombarded journalists with source information.

By Friday things had become so hazy that a friend, quoting a source, said that even an FIR had not been registered. It was becoming more and more confusing. Another friend said that cops took a Santro car to arrest the Minister. Wow. It was like a Bollywood film.  report hai bhi, aur nahi bhi, aur car bhi hai. The only thing missing was the background score. Anything could have happened now.

I started thinking may be everything was a farce. Soon Shabir Khan, the Minister of State for Health, would emerge and say everything was untrue, that he had done nothing unhealthy and nasty.

Then I set eyes on twitter. There was no tweet from the twitter-in-chief of the State. How could he remain silent when amid such a huge crisis? If he has not tweeted it means nothing has happened. Mixed signals from sources were creating more confusion. A friend said he was asked by his sources to write whatever he wished. That meant that there was something. It also meant that there was nothing.

All of sudden, someone disclosed that the CM was going to tweet. This was the only thing the CM does and strangely he was not doing it. Then after some minutes the CM did tweet. That the Minister of State for Health had resigned. So it meant that the FIR had been registered, a complaint had been made, and the Minister was the accused.

I still wonder why the police had left everything about the FIR for the sources when the FIR had actually been registered. They could have simply said that the FIR had been registered against an accused person, who happens to be a Minister, and case was under investigation. baat khatam.

But then, common sense is not so common. In this case, the police felt that if it disclosed that an FIR had been registered and the Minister was the accused, then it would mean, as Francis Fukuyama said, the End of History. Everything would end. It would be the end of civilisation. Hence the mystery!

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