Telephone call to Hell !
[well this was an old one but still it is applicable ]
In order to develop friendly relationship between the two countries, I.K.Gujral
and Nawaz Sharif decided to visit each other's country regularly.
The first visit was by Gujral to Pakistan. There Sharif showed him Pakistan's
modern telecommunication systems. It was so good that Gujral made a call to Rajiv
Gandhi in hell and talked to him for 5 minutes ! The bill for the call came to only
When Gujral came back, he also wanted India's telecommunication systems to
be at the best when Nawaz Sharif visited India. Suitable arrangements were made.
Sharif came to India, visited the telecom department and talked to Zia-ul-Haq in
hell for 5 minutes. But this time, the bill was Rs. 500!
Sharif asked with a sarcastic smile - "Why are telephone calls to hell so
costly in India ?"
A High level diplomat gave a smiling reply - "From Pakistan to hell, it is a
local call, Sir, while from India it is long distance!".