Traffic, traffic and more traffic.

President Musharraf and PM Shaukat Aziz are both in Karachi today and they’ve blocked EVERY single road. Well that may be an exaggeration, but it sure feels like it. For concerned drivers, Shahrah-e-Faisal’s been blocked, and the roads leading to Zainab Market and Governor House are blocked as well. Saddar will be blocked in a few hours too, since Shaukat Aziz will be at IBA tonight. Fasten your seatbelts, bring along a book, and settle down for a long wait in traffic jams today.

8 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 5:28 pm

    Well its another nightmare on ELM street — oopps thats Shahrai Fasial.

    I think they feel that all citizens of Pakistan are terrorists so they have to barricade everyone out.

    I ain’t no terrorists but you never know out of frustration even the most innocent bystander will be compelled to show our leaders the ‘middle finger’ and the fanatics might take it upon themsleves to go a step further … I hope you know what I mean… before I get slammed shut by the ISI

  2. umar (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 5:34 pm

    i just took SF to get home and its running smooth. Seems like big daddy has passed that road.

  3. Tall Dark Handsome (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 9:30 pm

    heh ..

    can u please keep them both … i dont want them coming back and making me showing up late to my office ever again ..

    paweezzz !! :$

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 10:01 pm

    As far as I know the PM was suppose to come to Karachi today, and I think he did, at around 1pm, afternoon, as that was the time, I was held for five minutes, at the junction of Karsaz and SF.

    He is here for two days, either he’ll be leaving tomorrow night or Monday Morning.

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2005 @ 3:19 am

    Correction. He was going to the IBA Alumni Dinner today, at PC, not IBA Saddar. But it got worse (than your post, really) cuz thanks to him all us alumni had to collect invites (something we’ve never done for an alumni dinner) within specified dates or we wouldnt be allowed to attend, with NIC copies.. which went to the ISI for record.. which went to the DIG Sindh Office for record.. which once approved and recorded were sent out NEW invites. And 80% alumni didnt show up cuz they couldnt get cards during the stated time, or the DIG hadnt sent records back in time, with cards being dispatched from IBA to TCS till this morning! Bah! AND we were not allwoed to take in purses or mobiles or anything, AND we were supposed to carry our original NIC around town to get inside the dinenr, which emans carrying our NICs in hand, without keeping them safe anywhere. $%#$@&^%^&%

    they really need to start work on telelconferencing here! they can start laying foundations virtually, and giving speeches virtually (ala Altaf Hussain). will really save the world a lot of headache, and them their lives.

  6. Zag (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 11:48 am

    I know I am going to get a lot of flack for saying this, but Musharraf during his early days rarely had any security when he came to Karachi. I remember one incident when while he was coming from Aiport, he made an unscheduled stop at Lal Qila without telling anyone and all the security personals were looking for him. Its only after the assasination attempts that the security has went up, so I don’t blame them for it.

  7. Sin (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 7:55 pm

    Well, Shaukat was at Okra for dinner on Friday night, and that was a fucking mess. They cleaned out Gunsmoke and Okra, and the only reason that I could even manage to get to Espresso for my coffee fix was because one of the policemen thought that I was in an embassy car. It’s utter bullshit.

  8. Anathema (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 12:49 am

    I agree about the security tightening manifold thanks to the assasination attempts. But does that not further emphasize the point that they need to stick to their enclave for their own security? Afterall, its not their lives alone that are at risk with their movements? It is ours too. God forbid but lets sketch a hypothetical scenario: MuShak at Okra and you at Espresso. God forbid an explosion strikes. Would that not cause all others present within the same vicinity (if not radius) to be at risk too? Would it not cause bloodshed to those around too? And what can police walas do? Some explosion strikes, what can a gun do?

    Lets reminisce over the explosions that struck Hyderi Mosque last year. May 7th: 1:05 PM. BOOOOOMMMM!!! (a thunderous double roar echoes across IIC, MA Jinnah and around the city) Buildings around MA Jinnah had shattered glasses! And they were feet away! How can they think its their lives alone at risk? Why take measures for their lives alone?!?!

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