Colonel (Rtd) Ikrams death was a most unfortunate and tragic incident to happen. The late Colonels brother, sobbing and in tears, appeared on the TV to accuse the Chief Secretary. He said if the CS had taken the trouble to stop and take his brother to hospital, he probably would not have died. Not many might give a thought to why the CS did not stop. Was he that callous that he saw a man being hit and yet chose to speed away? Was he a 'hit & run type of a juvenile? Or was there some even bigger emergency for him to attend to, something even more urgent than saving a life? I think, none of the above. I think he is just a typical, stiff-collared bureaucrat, callous with the public, tame with his superiors. And the Prime Minister is about as superior as one gets, for him anyway. He had to humble himself at the end of the fawning line at the airport, come what may. The curse of this kind of sycophancy has crept into the services too. Sometime back, I was dumbstruck to see a fidgety Major General fretting over whether he would be able to make it to the golf course in time when the COAS arrived to distribute prizes of a tournament. And he was going to the golf course in full uniform at 1:00 p.m., high noon, office time -COLONEL (Rtd) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi, January 31.