Jaywalking Karachi

Almost everyday, while driving through through Shahrah e Faisal, I just cannot help noticing persistent jaywalkers!.

Almost everyday, someone runs across the road. Almost once a week, I see someone trying to cross the road while looking down at the road, or in the direction the traffic is GOING instead of oncoming traffic. A few even prefer to enjoy the breeze while standing between lanes.

Are we suicidal or just get the kicks out of scaring people who care about others lives???

11 Comments so far

  1. Saadu (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    Seen it happen at lahore. its the art of crossing a road lane by lane instead of waiting for the traffic to stop.

  2. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    As one of my friends always say, we – the pakistani people – leave too many things to Allah only.

    They think that they own the road, and the driver is so helpless, they have to slow down their cars. Very often, you will encounter men with stupid egoes will walk slowly as if they are walking in ‘anarkali’ and women who wouldn’t even bother to look at the on-coming car, becaus they know that the drivers will slow down. Its a very sickening situation by the way.

    And if an accident occurs in this situation, everyone – the masses – will go like the was over-speeding and it hit the ‘innocent’ walker by.

    One reason is the non-existence of pedestrian bridges and underpasses, but it is observed that most people prefer to cross the road directly even if theres a pedestrian bridge because it saves time.

  3. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    For me it’s an art of committing suicide without suicide being the cause of your death.
    I really hate how some people specially ladies cross the road, and the way motorcyclists crisscross between lanes and traffic with children riding along, they really manage to send waves of fear through my whole body forcing me to keep a safe distance from motorcyclists and jaywalkers.

  4. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    No Zebra Crossings or If its there __DRIVERS__ stopping their cars on IT!!!!

  5. SWA (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Since Shahrah e Faisal has been made signal free, one thing it direly lacks is any padestrian crossings or bridges. Poor padestrians have no choice but to make a mad dash through fast traffic. This problem has been highlighted many times in the newspapers and lots of letters have been published asking the CDGK to build more padestrian bridges on this busy highway, but still, the pedestrians have no respite in sight.

  6. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    Yes, its bad but a couple of observations …

    People look away so that the responsibility of evasive action lies on the driver. Presence of mind combined with the thrill of living dangerously !!

    Lahore: I had the dubious honour of driving in Lahore for a year. The two qualities above plus sadism: The jaywalkers look at you and smile too !!

  7. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

    SWA: how many pedestrian bridges can they make on shahra-e-faisal. they look ugly you know. and I have seen people still chosing to cross the road directly then to use a pedestrian bridge in case there was one near by.

  8. Mala (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 5:10 am


    Can anyone write about the Movie “Taj Mahal” premier in Karachi? How did it went?

  9. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm


    I’ll request one of the authors to start a new thread on this. something on cinema and film experience in Karachi.

    Now to Taj Mahal.

    I actually went with family to Cineplex last night to watch the movie.

    I must say one thing at the outset. I have never been a particular fan of Indian cinema. However, I do love cinema in general and appreciate good work when I see it. Unfortunately, I could not find anything of significance in this movie except good acting by Kabir Bedi, good initial war scene and some special effects.

    The rest was mediocre. A lot of money was spent to prop up a relatively lower quality script. You could be dazzled by the grandeur of the scenes and sets but not by acting. Sonya Jehan’s acting was, in fact, better than most of her co-stars.

    A love scene was totally unnecessary and probably there to spice things up. The idea that the prince saw his beloved’s image in his marriage-of-compromise bride could have been presented outside a love making scene.

    Queen Noor Jehan was the big-screen version of StarPlus. Of course, history of the moguls does provide stories of intrigues but … this was a cut and paste from StarPlus.

    There were several errors too. For example, towards the end, when the deposed king (in spirit) was sailing in a boat towards Taj Mahal, the wind was blowing in the opposite direction (shown twice). Oh well, if the director wanted to show that the power of love helped him sail against the wind, well …

    The music was not bad. Tidbits from other works were used and I hope copyrights were respected. Particulary, a part from our legendary Sabri Brothers’ qawwali “Kali Kamaliya Walay” was used. I’ll check if any royalty was paid to the surviving brother and son from the Sabri Brothers ensemble. Will post it here later.

    The only good thing coming out of this movie for me was the cinematical experience. It is such an amazing medium that it engulfs you regardless of anything. Either this, or a blind desire to watch anything Indian will take you to watch this movie.

    Postscript: We also saw Majajan last week at Bambino. I may be blasted by some for this but liked the movie.

  10. Ziyaad Carrim (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 1:32 am

    Dear Redsnapper

    Could you please let me know if royalties for the copyrighted Sabri Brothers material has indeed beenn respected. I am the group manager of the Sabri brothers. Haji Maqbool Saab is the composer of all Sabri Brothers music and still entralls global audiences with the divinity of qawwali.

    It will be appreciated if you could give me more details on the songs played as well as feedback on the royalties.

    I would sincerely like to follow up on this.

    On behalf of Haji Maqbool Sabri.


  11. sudeep (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    film is nice.sonya jehan was very beatiful

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