ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is cracking down on portly policemen after only a quarter of the 19,000 officers in the Punjab province passed a fitness test.
The plump police, responsible for safeguarding the most populous province, were warned in letters to trim their waistlines to the regulation 38 inches by the end of the month. Those who fail may be removed from field duties. This week, local television channels have been repeatedly screening footage of overweight officers. They were shown snoozing in chairs, talking on phones and standing belly to belly, buckles straining.
The coverage made Punjab’s Inspector General of Police, Habib ur-Rehman even more determined to get his officers fit to fight crime, said a policeman from headquarters in Lahore.
The News reported that several policemen objected to the tests because senior officers had been exempted, and the men conducting them were overweight themselves. Official police spokesmen were not available for comment, and it was unclear whether the problem affected other Pakistani provinces to the same extent.
Hitler, bare breasts, adultery — elections in Mexico
MEXICO CITY: A Hitler admirer, a former Playboy model, a self-confessed adulterer and the promise of hanky panky. Sounds like the ingredients of the latest Mexican soap opera. In fact, it is a snapshot of the surreal twists and turns of Mexican politics as Mexico heads into a July 1 presidential election.
During the first presidential debate, Julia Orayen, the former model-turned-production assistant distributed question cards. Her plunging neckline posed the candidates one of the toughest challenges they had faced — where to avert their gazes.
Just days later, race front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto was photographed holed up in a bathroom after students heckled him. In a June 10 presidential debate, ruling National Action Party (PAN) Candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota taunted him saying, “We don’t want someone who’s going to hide in the university toilets to solve the country’s problems.” Things only got tougher for the former state governor, who has fathered two children out of wedlock, when his image was used to promote an adultery website.
In late May, it was the PAN’s turn to face embarrassment when one of its senate candidates said he admired the leadership shown by Adolf Hitler and Julius Caesar.
In late May, Natalia Juarez, a candidate running for congress for leftist presidential challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) unveiled a billboard in Guadalajara of her and six female supporters topless, their arms strategically placed. —