At Lahore garrison

Courtesy Ahmad Rafay Alam, a plaque at the Lahore Garrison Golf & Country Club. It tells you that the game of golf is actually Islamic in origin, played by the Prophet with his two grandsons. Ironically, the evidence used to assert that claim comes from an Israeli source.

Just in case you missed it, the 18-hole course was built and is maintained by the Pakistan Army. Here is the list of officials — all from the Pakistan Army — in charge of running this swish venture.

One final thing.  A quick glance at the website also tells you why the poor Pakistan army has been forced to use the jehadis to do all the fighting on its behalf. The facilities available at the club will not leave the army with any gumption for fighting.

But come to think of it, doesn’t Churchill’s definition of golf encapsulate what Pakistan army has been trying to do since 1947:

“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an ever smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”

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