No emergencies here

One of the city’s better managed office complexes has a side gate that is clearly marked with a sign in bold letters reading ‘Emergency Exit’. Probably meant to evacuate people into a side street in the event of some emergency, the gate was today blocked by a Suzuki van parked right up against it. Even a child probably would struggle to squeeze through the narrow space between the van and the gate. Who did the van belong to? Government of Sindh.

17 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    You should have called 911 or 15 whatever to get the van towed away :) just kidding. I know noboby can tow govt’s owned vehicle.

    The positive perspective is atleast we have an emergency exit somewhere.

  2. Captain's Log (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    Great Post Cyril. I feel need to encourage you for normal posts :-)

  3. Farhan (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    does CY is short for Cynical

  4. SS (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Looking at the pathetic attitude of our government, this seems to be most suitable what I learned today, a new slogan:
    Pakistan Zindabaad, instead:
    Pakistan sey Zindabhaag :)

  5. SWA (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 10:33 pm

    Its funny how the people who make the law abuse it the most as well… I guess thats how the Prophet Muhammad taught us to teach by example.
    Where are the islamic parties when you need them to catch such abuse? oh yeah! they are busy protesting against Israel or women going out in the street and totally forgot the main problems we have in this country!

    btw, @ Farhan: correct grammar would be: “Is Cy short for Cynical?”

    However, I think there is a great need for an alternative point of view because most of the time we have a tendency to get too complacent about our “system” and tend to take it as something that just is, and cannot be changed cause thats how it JUST is. Seeing things from another perspective makes you question it well. And thats where progress comes about.

  6. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

    CY u should have informed the management about the blocking of emergency exit so that they can inform the security personal to prevent that from happening again. or u could have put a note on the vehicle urself. who knows, it might work

  7. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

    or maybe tyre ki hawa nikal dayta ;)??

  8. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 12:31 am


    my first thought was also to slash the tires but then i thought that in case of an emergency, it would become even harder to move the pick up out of the way.

  9. Kashif-x (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:12 am

    Guys wake up, this is Karachi !

    Where pan eating & spitting, excreting nose blow on the road, men in kurta shalwar constantly scratching with thier b*lls & urinating on the roadside in full view is a NORM, does anyonw really gives an ass shit re a car parked in front of an emergency gate

  10. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 4:23 am

    Props to Cy for pointing this out – as Karachiites (and privileged ones at that, since most of us have computers and probably live a middle/upper-middle class life), we should stop taking for granted our city and start doing something about it.

    I suggest we all volunteer with civic service (even if it is in shambles – since most of us are educated we can possibly have a positive impact)… We should also raise these types of issues in a respectful way in the media and help create awareness as well…

    Well that’s the only options I have… what are other peoples’ suggestions


  11. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    good idea

  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    It is very common practice can be seem at EMPRESS Market fire brigade station the exit which shall be clear 24/7 is always blocked by delivery trucks and thaylay walas.

    CY pointed it out, and i can snap and post pictures which normally are ignored by all of us, i wonder how that can be done on blog.

  13. Saamia (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

    salams to all. To all this i can say ha ha. Have you seen the entrance of Jinnah Hospital like even an ambulance there trying to get in has to wait its turn. The Govt should either make another entrance for that hospital or maybe get an ambulance with wings just kidding. Well it will work for karachi. Hey plz lets stop correcting mistakes on this page atleast we all understood what that dude meant even if he used incorrect english. Professor SWA. :)

  14. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    Saamia, I would suggest the govt. to buy a helicopter to provide a pick and drop facility from airport …to its political tattoos.
    Govt. is already spending too much of the public’s money I beleive so they can go ahead with this too. Atleast the public would not have to suffer at roads waiting for long long hours.

    And yah, guys please stop correcting english or grammer mistakes over here. As Nobody have enough time to go through each and every word to check its spelling.

  15. Saamia (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Khitorpit that’s a very good idea. I think you should approach the government with it. Just kidding. Anyway the govt should get the helicopter for the public use not for their own use.They have misused our money long enough. It’s time for a change, it’s time for them to give something back to the public.

  16. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 8:25 am

    Ho nahi sakta … ho nahi saktaa :(

  17. darthvader (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 10:12 am

    i say where is the string the Theseus laid ?

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