they are not beggars

The moment your car halts at a traffic signal in this city, you are swarmed by beggars, eunuchs, flower-sellers, etc. So it was surprising to see these two cute toddlers dressed up like grooms, comfotably seated on chairs, at the Rashid Minhas Road-Shara-e-faisal intersection.
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Apparently, their father brings them there every evening (I have never seen them in the morning/afternoon hours), makes them sit by the road-side to attract attention of the drivers. It is actually a polite way of asking for money and people give in to the innocence and cuteness of the kids.
I took this pictures at night with my mobile phone’s camera so sorry for the bad picture quality. They were quite shy and the little one took out his hankie to hide his face :)

15 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 5:25 am

    You know what, I appreaciate the originality. Whoever the guy was, did come with an interesting idea to ask for money. hehe.

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    you will similar cute afghan kids with his dad at Dakhana area near thela of famous Katakat Machli wala

  3. IllusionFS (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 8:55 am

    I liked the kids, good idea, atleast they dont bug you, if u call them they come up to your car and take the money and smile LOL.. I cant see their father in the picture? I always see them with their father and the guy seems to have lost both of his legs.

  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    Interesting. Ive never seen them though.
    What time?

  5. Ali (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Innovative mind!!

    Bringing begging to a new level:)

  6. Ramla A. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    I’d say it’s roadside entertainment, not just plain begging. These guys should be marketing consultants somewhere!

  7. abdul sami (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    Multi Millionaire Begger Industry

    I read quite time ago an interesting article in an urdu digest on our Begger Industry, the roughly esitmated stats show the industry having lots of money. all thanks to worlds 2nd greatest philantrophists. the Pakiz

  8. tee (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    i saw these guys on Hasan Square too, though that was a some time back. the kid sat like a king on his throne with his eyes heavily kohled, and the father lounged nearby, was an interesting site!

  9. yo yo (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    While most of you might be amused at this sight and the entrepreneur flare behind it.

    I am disgusted at the sight. Hopefully these kids are not kidnapped.

    Wish they are getting an education and learning to make a buck without begging.

  10. Kaash (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    I’m sorry but that looks and sounds lil creepy to me….cute children dressed like grooms and just sitting by an intersection, smiling at you…I’m not sure.
    Poor kids are being abused under child labor.

  11. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 7:10 am

    Well, that is BEGGING guys. No one is supporting whoever is making them do it. He should be stopped, just like many other hundreds of thousands of people who make children beg.
    There can be no two opinions about it.

  12. iD (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

    If we go after “Something is better than nothing” then its a good change, but at the end of the day its a shame!
    These toddles don’t even have a clue what they are being used for…If I try to read their mind then they probably be very happy to get ready as their father (or don’t know someone else) is taking them for a eve out!
    This could be a better idea to earn money but it is sick!

  13. Ghulamuddin Tarato (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    This tricky stragtegy was introduced at Hassan Square Singal, just opposite to the Civic Centre and it went for almost one year. All of a sudden they were disappeared from the scene. Commuter of University Road were surprise of their absence at the very spot. Now it has come to know through the text and picture that they have shifted to another strategic area and the team might be waiting for meeting with a big governmental official that they may bestow them from their special funds and another striking aspect is, they may also become focal to the international media that sometimes baggers in Pakistan remain well orgainze and unique in accomplishing their mission. The father of these two kids has lost his one leg but he seems quite healthy and fit for doing any skillful job that may lead his family to earn bread and butter. It is the prime responsibility of the state to provide them lternates that in turn enable them to spend a happy life. There are thousands of ifs and buts with our state and this will go on and on if situations remains stagnent. Ghulamuddin Tarato, Karachi

  14. DarthVader (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    sad picture .

  15. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    These kids might be subject to homosexuality-at-will during the night. The notion of categorizing them purely as ‘beggars’ seem far a distant reality.

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