VVIP Movement Claims Life of a 23 yr old

A few days back the President of Pakistan Pervaiz Musharraf graced our city to inaugurate the Expo Pakistan. Naturally a visit by him means all hell breaks loose, road blocks are placed around town resulting in massive traffic jams without even a second thought. The only and primary concern is to protect the life of the President and allow him to have a peaceful unhindered drive around town. The citizens can go to hell burning expenive fuel which continues to remain high despite fall in international prices, the economy can take a loss with so much wasted time, who cares as long as the President can sleep peacefully in bed.

On the day His Royal Highness graced our town an unfortunate 23 year old girl developed a case of appendicitis and was being rushed to JPMC in an ambulance, due to the inconsiderate blockage to protect Pervaiz Musharraf the entire Shahrae Fasial had a massive traffic jam and sadly the ambulance got stuck in the traffic jam, never to reach the hospital in time and the girl passed away due to a ruptured appendix.

Surprisignly this is not the first instance as reported by Dawn but similar instances were reported on Jan 6th and 7th where a few other unfortunate people were pronounced dead at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, the doctors claimed that their lives could have been saved had there not been a traffic jam and maybe they could have reached the hosptial in timer.

This issue has been raised by a few good readers of Karachi Metroblog and I too personally feel something needs to be done to create an awareness for this problem, the city of Karachi can suffer for time and money when a VVIP is in town but if it means at the loss of on innocent life, it is pushing the limits.

DAWN – 1st April – Student dies during VVIP Movement

20 Comments so far

  1. Jay the big J (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    I had commented about the same person in a previous Blog “Fresh Air”
    They should come up with a plan to at least provide free roads to ambulances. Sadly every time these VIPz visit the city, We the public end up paying the price.

  2. TEE BEE (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    I agree with J…its about time that we take some steps and try to find a solution to this problem…we need to address to the CITY GOVERNMENT to take necessary steps to ensure that ATLEAST emergency vehicles pass freely during these kind of VIP movement…..Any people relating to MEDIA..can they help in anyway??…..I believe thru MEDIA we can definitely bring a change….and find a solution to this problem…

  3. tee (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    i agree- the least we can do is to have a lane reserved for emergency vehicles at all times, be it a VIP protocol or a protest demonstrations or any other thing.
    Voices should be raised yes- but every thing is being done to silence those voices, even the family of the girl has agreed not to pursue the cause coz of ‘pressure’.

  4. Zain (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    Its very sad, indeed very very sad… We don’t have words to describe all this. We are ashamed…

  5. Wahidi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    Yes my friend it is sad. And it is shameful too. But just saying that we are ashamed is not enough. We are aware of almost all the evils in our society. From bribery to rape and even cheating in exams. The newspaper prints on a small portion of the page everyday that some person returning from office was shot dead. Evil is today embedded in our hearts. We say that evil exists and we justify it by saying that there is high probability for a city as big as karachi to have some evil somewhere in any form.
    Unless we take a firm stance against it…prevent it in all levels of the society….bring a revolution in other words, things cannot change.
    Unless we stop justifying the evil in our surrounding and stop apologizing and accepting the evil arnd us…we cannot change this nation. Not the smallest part of it.
    We have to stand firmly, speaking to the city government is useless…we’ve seen it already…we requested Mr. Musharraf not to come to karachi….and he gave us the steel rods dug into any street that opens to Sharah-e-Faisal…
    May Allah guide us to the Straight Way!…that is all i can say….

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    spamm his official website by this sad incident.Let him know how painful is his existance in our city

  7. riaz (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    very sad news indeed my sympathy goes out to the sisters,s family.

    I wonder how would musharaff woulld react if it was some member of is own family.

  8. MB (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    ALL i can say is…. F*** MR MUSHARRAF

    You are a cause of a death, you are a killer.

  9. MB (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    Here is the guy to hit at, the chamcha of Musharraf:


  10. MB (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 12:11 am

    Give the culprit what he deserves :
    Say it all here


  11. khanana (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:26 am

    holly.. man its sad.. :(
    somthing should be done here.. its a murder..

  12. bilal (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    its really sad actually .. God bless her soul

    i was wondering did this thing appear in the news or somewhere?

  13. MB (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    BILAL : You are not up to dated dude. Read all the posts up there.

  14. tee (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    Yes Bilal, it did appear in news, see the link at the end of the post. Both Dawn and The News reported it, but that was after a day the incident took place. and there even was an editorial in Dawn over the issue!

  15. Old bOys (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    well secUrity prOtOcOl shOuld have sOme special rOutes and they shOuld nt be interpt lOcal trafic n ppl activies,, there is a prOper way tO raise Ur vOice in this issUe,, ppl shOuldnt be Use abUse On this page,, plz avOid hard wOrds, i knOw the feelings Of a yOUng death bUt the reactiOn shOudnt be like that,, mUslims spOils in secOnds the whOle wOrld knOws n this is Our weakness.. sO dUde,, U can write Ur feelings tO editOr dawn.. n if Gen.Pervaiz mUsharaf is the victim he will have tO answer,,
    cya,, take care

    Allah hafiz

  16. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 4:13 am

    and now her family will get a cheque of Rs.20,000 and it will become a front page picture…

  17. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 4:19 am

    and now her family will get a cheque of Rs.20,000……….

  18. wasiq (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 4:50 am

    MB! have you not seen how these vvips look at the computers,pcs,monitors at the expo…..? i stopped visiting the computer exhibitions ten years ago when i learned how they work.

    I AM SORRY !

  19. BQ (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    i read the article in the daily dawn in which it was mentioned that her parents were taking her in a cab , which we all do understand is not allowed to cross until the convey has moved from a particular route

    i have been talking to few higher ups at traffic police section according to them president has ordered to let the ambulance move freely in all circumstances

    although i feel very sad for her death but in this case being more realistic you cannot blame any one but it is evident that these kind of things did happen in the past and the goverment should do something about it

    20k would not bring the precious life back ..

  20. yo yo (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    No words to express my grief…

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