Reason for Inflation : Our Car Crazy Nation

Before you read anything, Read this Eye Opener. This is especially for those who are planning to switch to “a car/”one more car”.

http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/may2006-daily/06-05-2006/editorial/col5.htm

The best part about it is the way simple solution has been suggested for such a big problem of our transport system.

” The country has achieved unprecedented phenomenal growth of passenger cars during the past few years. This growth will continue in the future as the government has freely allowed, since August last year, the import of new and second-hand cars. Pakistan is indeed a lucrative market not only for local car assemblers but also for car manufacturers abroad. Last year as many as 23,149 motor vehicles were imported and luxury cars had a significant share in the total import of 14,347 cars. The list of luxury cars and jeeps included 2,625 Toyota land cruisers, 1,274 Mercedes Benz, 799 Honda Accord, 552 Chevrolet 1600 cc, 286 BMW, 144 Mitsubishi Pajero, 77 Nissan Patrol and 30 Land Rovers.

To meet the ever increasing demand for luxury cars among Pakistani consumers, Mercedes Benz is setting up a car assembly plant in Karachi, while Porsche has opened a sales office in Lahore.

Other European car producers, such as Renault and Black Cab, are establishing plants in Karachi that will start production by early next year. Recently Rolls Royce announced its marketing network in Pakistan by releasing a full-page colour advertisement in national newspapers.” (DAWN)

Even BUSH asked the Americans to think about a cut in their “addiction to oil”. They are researching fast on alternatives now. But where are we heading?. For an absolute chaos in our transport system?

50 Comments so far

  1. ny (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    So what seems to be the problem with that. If one can afford to bu it and maintain it and fill up the tank with expensive petrol then let him have it. Agreed we must argue on the huge and ever-increasing disparity of incomes as on one end we have people buying cars with 4.0 or plus litre engines which (correct me if im wrong) would require almost Rs. 8000 to fill up one full tank of petrol!!!!
    AND our minimum wage is Rs. 3000 (again correct me if im wrong) which almost 80% of people in republic of pakistan earn!!!
    ….we should rather work on improving upon and closing this income gap….and STOPPING this import is not the cure for sure!!!


  2. wasiq (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    most of the luxury cars i see around are company maintained…..!


  3. Glow Subz (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    @NY

    I am afraid you didnt even try to open the link mentioned in the Post.

    According to your analogy, The Income gap should be reduced to heighten the living standards of People living here. correct?

    If you could have read the article you should by now know that having imported cars is not the matter of income.

    if u reduce the gap more people will import the cars which results in more annual trade deficit which is already touching $8.9 bn (for car imports) with 25% of fiscal year still remaining.


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm


    do u guys notice campaign for cutting old trees in Karachi.?
    .Why is it all happening?There is a good article in Sundays Dawn by Aafia Aslam(if I recall properly)


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    u r fan of jawed ch.aint you?:> well i also like his articles and by Orya Maqbool jaan


  6. MB (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

    I am quite a BIG fan of Javaid Ch. He is a man with some purpose and justifies his field, serving this nation with pen for last so many years. Did any one hear his interview on PTV or PTV WORLD recently? It was a real treat to hear his views on different subjects. Adnan: Did you read Zero Point? If not then you have missed something special. Do read it please.

    @NY: Bro take some time out and read the link before you conclude something. I wonder if you want to convey that a doctor and an sweeper should have same salary. If currency is strong even a small note of it will have a high market value. Hope you got the point.


  7. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    Just have look at sick-minded immune leaders of our nation; one of them told some that in Europe the Oil is 1 Euro per litre and thats 18 Rs expensive than we have ( 76 Rs per Euro and 58 Rs per Litre Petrol ).

    He forgot that In Europe minimum per capita income is 1000 Euro which is 76000 Rs per month, thats 1/1000 th of Income whereas we have 3000 per month Income or 58 / 3000 or 1 / ~52 th of Income

    0.001 : 0.019 -> 1:19 they have got 19 times cheaper Petrol than us ( I wish my maths is wrong here, somebody MUST prove me wrong here )

    That is what MB is saying Power of Strong Currency, they have got cheaper but still they are investing more and more to defy it by going towards alternate means of energy (Nuclear, Wind, Hydral, Coal etc)


  8. MB (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    Quite right MR SAMI.

    These Car Crazy idiots are ignoring what does it mean to have a city full of cars and with no transpor alternatives e.g City Railway etc.

    Thats why i said/asked. Are we heading for a chaos ?


  9. yo yo (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    @ MB….I think as a KMB author you should not copy and pasting your articles.

    See DAWN letters to the editor under letter named “Desire to own cars”

    http://www.dawn.com/2006/05/08/letted.htm#11

    You are presenting a problem we might be running into the future. But how about urself infringing copyrights.


  10. MB (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    @YO YO : Very right. I found that article absolute suitable to explain what i had in mind. Besides the JC article helped as well. Initially i thought of mentioning the link from the DAWN but but whats the point in saying the same thing in my words. And also the important thing in it was the stats which cannot be obviously changed, just to make a point of our own. So be it.

    The point is to initiate the topic. I Hope you have read the JC article besides thinking hard on copy rights.


  11. Kaash (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

    How much is the Tax/Duty you have to pay on a used vehicle imported from USA or else where? Last time I heard it was around 200%…has it gone down drastically?


  12. yo yo (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    MB…Copyright is a copyright. It is like stealing if you use someone elses literary content without their knowledge.

    Makes your DO RIGHT effort look like a farce.


  13. mohsin (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    i’m also a big fan of Mr. Javed Ch.!

    well its a custom in foreign countries to have more taxes on luxurious stuff like cars, plasma tv, stereos etc. than the normal commodities of life. In Pakistan its completely reverse, look at the prices of all the luxurious items which have gone down so much, on the other hand look at the prices of milk, flour, sugar etc. Its only helping the upper class, poor is not able to even survive and the middle class is no where.


  14. faisal (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    Tsk tsk tsk,

    That’s ok MB. Don’t you worry, sweetie. Just ignore the likes of yo yo and you
    go right on infringing and copying and
    pasting to your heart’s content.

    Who does yo yo think he/she is?
    After all, does’nt he/she know that our
    MB is a KMB author?


  15. MB (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    Who is saying copyright is not a copyright dude. There is a mention of the NEWS PAPER. What else needed ?. Better stick to topic.

    @MOHSIN : Thats what JC is making a hue and cry about. We definitely have got a man to be with us. The others, nothing more than puppets


  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:49 am

    I think he has mentioned DAWN?and Jawed Ch’s article are free to read?Papeetay what actually re you trying to say?


  17. MB (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    @Adnan:
    Did you notice something dude? All those car lovers, they disappeared in no time. And they had nothing better to say then pulling someone’s leg with a non-issue here. Lolz. So desperate are these kids to be in light but finding it hard to say anything logical on the topic.

    We can only sympathize with this mummy-daddy lot. Lolz. Adnan You didn’t reply to my Zero Point Question dear.


  18. Adnan (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    if you mean regarding huma ,i replied you in same thread


  19. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    While luxury cars are an exception to the discussion – I have a question: How does one get from point A to point B if there is no public transport? Not asking for A/C coaches. Not even asking for a proper ladies compartment or a seating space. Just the thing on wheels.

    Of all other solutions in the world, such as car pools and buying one’s own car/bike whatever, the one about having a proper, regular public transport system is the one that cannot be compromised.

    It’s easy to say something social or capitalist or Islamic or indo-chinese. It’s another when you have to wait 45 minutes to catch a bus, and a/ it’s congested and zooms you by. b/ it’s simply not there.

    It’s not a problem each of us can solve by theorizing or wishing well. After all, traffic is a classical “government’s job.”


  20. original-anon (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    Dear MB,this blog definitely represents the ‘CAR CRAZY NATION’. Just look at the posts and you will see most of them are about cars. El Capitan writes about nothing else.
    Copyright? What the heck is that,right? Someone who calls himself Yo Yo cannot be taken seriously at all:)
    Also, can you point us to your personal blog? I know that all Metblog authors are required to have their own blog.


  21. GLOW SUBZ (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    @RAMLA:

    First of all you got the point wrong. The topic is hitting hard on the government, and less the one who are using cars. It’s only criticizing those who are doing it for luxuries and not as requirement. I guess you did not read the link so that’s why you did not get the point.

    Second it’s absolutely criticizing the government for not having a transport system so I guess you need to first understand the point. Anyways you can do it now. Second there is another question pending on you on other post.

    @ANON:

    Nowhere is it written that KMB represents Car Crazy Nation. Read its about section again. Let me help you out:

    “Written from the perspective of people who live, work, and play here every day………have a peek at the authors who share their Karachi experiences with you ”

    If some authors write nothing but about cars, so does this mean others should follow. Everyone has his views. Cars for them may be big deal. But for most of the Karachi people its not. There are other issues important for them


  22. aka (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    @ANON: hey i thought i detected a hint :) of sarcasm in your last post but glow subz post above makes me wonder whether that was too subtle …


  23. faisal (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    @GLOW SUBZ

    I think you’ve completely missed original anon’s point.


  24. yo yo (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    Lately I have found KMB authors to be quite decent and professional except MB ofcourse.

    In our Karachi slang he is a true MAWALI.


  25. MB (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    @YO YO
    Truth comes at a price dear. And you proved you could not pay it so be happy and feel free to say anything but don’t blame me if it goes too out of topic. It’s okay to be a mummy-daddy kid. I can understand that you could not read that Urdu link & want to cover it up. No problem. Just start thinking in some other directions as well as there is a lot more than a car that you need in a city like Karachi. Hope you got the point.


  26. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 1:26 am


    How does one get from point A to point B if there is no public transport

    1)bike lift
    2)private transports


  27. original-anon (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 7:06 am

    @MB – I hope YO YO gets the point because I for sure didn’t. So can you please explain it in words of few syllables for me, your biggest but slightly dense fan?
    Also, pray tell, why do you have this urge to insult people who comment here? Why, why I ask, do you always get in shouting matches with us? But I know, you will break my heart again and not respond to me!
    Please be nice to me, I am not a mummy-daddy kid; I am just a simple person who loves your posts and feels compelled to join in the discussions.


  28. MB (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    @ANON: I guess it’s better to discuss the topic. Nothing personal dude. Enjoy the stay. Post as much side by side issues as others do as well. It’s when the issue goes off the road so I have to be a teacher once in a while as in YO YO’S case. You are always welcome. Anyhow did you read the link or not by the way?

    @YO YO : I guess you have got the answer already. I wish you could stay in line to the topic. Best of luck.


  29. original-anon (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    @AKA – LOL; Me? Sarcastic? Subtly sarcastic? Never :)
    @MB – Thanks; It is just that we have the most fun when the issue goes off the road. Great choice of words by the way, cars and roads.No, could not open the link, my PC just hangs but will try again.


  30. yo yo (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    MB..Thanks for deleting my last comment.

    I am happy it got deleted…as I can see that you are more humble in your latest answer.

    Maybe I expect too much from people who are trying to do good such as yourself. I cant stand hypocrisy.


  31. MB (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    @YO YO : Dude. The topic cannot be hijacked and will not be allowed to. You need not to be mistaken by my humbleness. It’s very easy to figure out when your go out of way. You feel happy naming it whatever you want to.


  32. yo yo (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    MB..on a serious note.

    I suggest an Author should mention in the post that comments only related to the post should be published or they will be deleted. How is a reader supposed to know he cant write what he wants.


  33. President Musharraf (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    @original-anon

    Dude it’s the joke of the day when u said the link is not opening. I wish you could grow a little instead acting like a kid but anyways let’s not allow you to use the luxury of lying. Try this link. It’s simple JPG. There is no way in world it will not open. Read it and then we can discuss it with you.

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/may2006-daily/06-05-2006/editorial/col5.gif

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/may2006-daily/06-05-2006/editorial/col5a.gif


  34. MB (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    @Musharraf and Adnan:

    Check this link fellow

    http://geo.tv/geonews/details.asp?id=117665

    Guess who is making money. And you go on ask these people who are making money on how much did they transfer its profit to the common Labour. The answer would be zero. I pray that this turns out wrong but the Labour in auto industry is not having a great time unfortunately. Please do let me know if the stats are not right in that link.


  35. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    @ Glow Subz:
    I prefer adult conversation.


  36. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    @Ramla,it happens in every industry of Pakistan.

    @orignal-Anon:If you dont have anything to discuss about topic then better be a silent reader.Its not mandatory that you have to whine in each and every post of this blog.


  37. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    @President Musharraf : You sound like MB , why are you trying to act like him ??? (Dude I dont wanna say that you are MB w/o any proof) Any how start trusting people, Anon might have some internet problem , how could you accuse any one of lying on public forum, are you in your senses? This forum has touched now new bottoms. I could not access those gifs , now prove that I am lying. Could you prove that ???

    @Adnan, you just could not ask one on public forum not to post , he could post what ever he likes. I would encourage you to show courtesy towards others.

    @MB- Sir, there was a requirement to have a personal blog to write on met blog , could you please share your blog if you have any ? Dude please do reply me. I am trying to be nice so please do not block me again. I have used 3 times “please” in above four lines. Is it enough to show that I have made decent come back ?? Please let me know.


  38. MB (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

    @PPH:
    I had a personal domain & due lack of consistent postings & the fact that I did not pay for it for next year, I lost it. I have to see what I will do about it.

    @Musharraf : Don’t act like me. I doubt myself….lol. As for Anon, he might be facing difficulties. Or may be he doesn’t want to participate at all, GOD knows.

    @Ramla :
    “adult conversation “. Would you like to enlighten us on this?


  39. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    @YOYO:now dont comeup with your lame topic of democracy and rights,you are well aware what I wnated to say.Do you guys whine similarly in you real life too?that is just *keep talking* no matter its relevent or not?if Yes then i wonder what kinda company do you keep or whether they like such qualities of yours?


  40. Original-Anon (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    @Musharraf – Why would I lie? I said I could not open the link and will try again. Well, now that I have much better internet access, I was able to open both the Jang and Dawn links.
    You see, we expect people to behave the way we do, so if a person lies himself, he expects others to lie as well.
    @MB – You really did copy the Dawn letter – wow! And what is this with calling people names, such as ‘Mummy-daddy kids’? Can you not be even slightly professional? And why this insistence on posting comments strictly related to the post? This is a discussion, not a class room.When you have a lively discussion, people will go off on a tangent, haven’t you ever had one with your friends? Anyway, about the topic, yes, Pakistanis are car-crazy, actually it goes beyond cars,they are ‘status-symbol’ crazy. They need to develop not just a public transport system but national pride and civic sense as well.
    @Adnan – please look up the meaning of ‘whine’ and ‘each and every post’ and then see if your comment regarding me is accurate. Don’t just make a random statement, I once again challenge you to prove it. And really, if you can’t handle different points of view and label everyone a ‘whiner’ (please, do look up the word), then the problem lies with you.
    And btw, how was your comment about cutting down trees in Karachi related to this post?


  41. MB (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    @Original-Anon

    If that is a copy then i don’t know what is the way to mention it here, as I have already mentioned why I did that. And thank you so much for your valuable time in reading that link.

    Since you are more enlighten on different words so can you please tell me about how the word “Mummy-daddy kids “agitates you.

    “I once again challenge you to prove it” to Adnan …lol… Now we shall have a “kushti” here…Lolz

    And I think Adnan has some good points. Please listen to him at least once now. Thanks


  42. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    @Anon:

    a)Whiner(n):A person given to excessive complaints and crying. Ref:http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/whiner

    b)Whiner:To complain or protest in a childish fashion.(Ref:dictionary.com)

    Do i need to say more Anon? *grin*


  43. Original-Anon (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    @ Adnan – yes you do need to say more. We are all proud of you for being able to look up a word in the dictionary but I challenged your assertion, so can you prove it with facts?
    @MB – Yes indeed, It is a copy. As for the term ‘mummy-daddy kids’, you meant it to be derisive; if not then you should explain what you meant. It goes without saying that I am much more ‘enlighten'(sic) about words, but thanks for acknowledging it, definitely appreciated! And yes, you would think that Adnan has good points because he tends to agree with you:)


  44. MB (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    Anon: Dear, do you go on challenging every other person in your life? lol

    “Adnan has good points because he tends to agree with you “.

    So logically, you are saying we both have good points. Thanks brother

    As for that word to be derisive. Yes i meant it that way. It’s open and simple. They deserve it due to few aspects of their attitude. And that’s the professional way to say it. Open on face. Were you happy if I would twist few words to hide it ?. lol


  45. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 8:06 pm


    @Adnan – please look up the meaning of ‘whine’ and ‘each and every post’ and then see if your comment regarding me is accurate

    this is what you said,i looked up and pasted result here.I thought you would understand it but you didnt understand that i wanted tou to refute that you dont whine(cry like kids and complain all the time)

    Thankyou


  46. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    Orignal anon,there is no some personal issue with you neither this MB is my relative or something.I dont disagree you all the time but most of the time i love to disagree with you.Comeup with something which is sensible and I will be the first one to second you.


  47. Original-Anon (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 12:33 am

    @MB: So if you knew and intended the term to be derisive, why did you ask me why it agitated me? What aspects of ‘their’ attitude makes you want to use this term for some people? And since when did calling people names become professional? No, I did not say that you and Adnan have good points , you might but you sure hide them well. What I said was that You would think Adnan had good points because he tended to agree with you. Yes, I would challenge anyone who made statements without having adequate facts to support these statements.
    @Adnan – You said that I whined in each and every post – so I want you to prove that with facts. Take each and every post and then tell me did I whine in each one? That was my challenge. Don’t go by your general impression because I do think you have a personal grudge against me but just look at the facts objectively.


  48. Adnan (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    looks like i touched the sensitive organ of yours.The way y0u are challenging me here is open proof that how childish you are.You search on search textbox by your name and paste the exceprt of your post and Refute that you dont whine.No i am not running away.WHy would i have some personal issue with you.You are nuts.I even criticize YOYO too,does it mean i have some problem with him.Growup dude.Your “macho man” style is not gonna help you anyway.And I say again,bring your posts in which you have never complaint for anything.Can you?


  49. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    Anon my friend , dont waste your energy here. Do you know where is Darth Vader ? Is he posting some other name ??


  50. MB (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    @ANON: “calling names” is not professional. When did i say it is? You even don’t know the difference between calling name and being derisive.

    See Adnan. I had told you. They will not understand. Forgive them. I could have easily deleted their posts but they will start crying & bring “freedom” from nowhere. They way mullah’s do with religion.

    So have a big heart and forgive them.



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