ISLAMABAD - The naive believes everything. It happened on Friday when after inaugurating the 30th Annual Spring Flowers and Vegetable Show - 2012 the good-humoured Chairman of the Capital Development Authority shared a screamingly funny happening with the media in response of a question regarding encroachments on state-owned land across the capital.

When questioned by the media about unabated activities of encroachers in federal capital, Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal began in a serious tone of voice that now even Taliban were demanding their share out of money the CDA officials mint to give freehand to encroachers.

Engineer Farkhand said he had recently received a letter from Pakistani Taliban on his official residence. “They wrote that CDA officials collect Bhatta from the encroachers in a bid to give them protection and that now they (Taliban) have demanded their share. They have sent me six different mobile numbers and have asked me to recharge the mobile accounts monthly.” But at the meantime in a wisely tone said he don’t care such threats. However, the “happening” he discussed with the media in the presence of CDA officials was quite enough for those who have learnt by heart the plenty of “serious jokes” Engineer Farkhand used to tell on different occasions. The 30th Annual Spring Flowers & Vegetable Show - 2012 opens at Rose & Jasmine Garden on Friday under the auspicious of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Chairman CDA, Engineer Farkhand Iqbal inaugurated the event. Member Environment, Mian Waheed-ud-Din, representatives of different public and private sectors were also present in the colourful event. The Chairman CDA said this year the Authority had expanded the show by adding different varieties of flowers and vegetables being exhibited in the flowers and vegetable show. A large variety of flowers and vegetables are being displayed in the flowers show.

The organizations participating in this show are Capital Development Authority, Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), Pak PWD, Islamabad Club, Indonesian Embassy, Pakistan Air Force Hospital, National Highway Authority and Pakistan Motorway & Traffic Police and others.