What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being of some use to people.
What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to fulfill promises and commitments.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
My 1996 model Prado.
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
I prefer to remain silent and not lie when I need to protect my party from its past mistakes.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Which living person do you most despise?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Protection without over protection.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
When and where were you happiest?
My son’s birth in 1997.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to speak all the provincial languages.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would want a better memory.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have yet to achieve it.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Where would you most like to live?
In a caravan on Pakistan’s roads.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
If you didn’t do your current job, what would you choose to do?
What is your most marked characteristic?
I don’t mince my words.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Shah Abdul Latif.
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is your greatest regret?
Not having studied law at college.
What’s your favourite quote?
“You are taking care of this earth for your future generations —better do it right.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2010.