Dip those lights, and keep your hands off the horn.

I was on my way to Gulshan from Khayaban-e-Itahad and was making a right turn to korangi road when this black car (Civic vti) attached it’s self to my tail. The car was aggressively trying to pass me from the left side and was continually honking at me. for a second I thought there was a two year old child behind the steering wheel who thinks the horn is his toy. but when the car appeared on left side, beside me, I was surprised to spot a teenager in the driving seat giving me a stern look, to reply him I used the same gesture for him. This for some odd reason, made him rave his car’s engine. I think he was imagining him self sitting behind the wheal of a formula one car, but his bubble soon bursted when I drove ahead while he remained stuck behind this huge truck.

Moments later when I was making a left turn towards the Baloch Colony bridge he again tried to overtake me from the left side while furiously honking his horn to either confuse or scare me but I did not budge. Now In front of me was a whole stretch of empty road. In my Fx, I was at almost 80 KM/h, and the honking black car was still on tail so I thought it would be better to get rid of him so I cut down my speed to 65 and I switched to the left lane so he could pass me, But No, he wouldn’t go any faster than 65 and he also wouldn’t stop playing “beep beep” with the horn. Annoyed by the stupor I again switched to the fast lane and accelerated again to almost 80 which is when the “genius” accelerated past me from my left side. Moments later I again spotted him on the extreme left lane near the signal, trying to cross all the way to go to the road on the right side and he was still making those horrible noises, any how ignoring him I gladly drove straight towards hill park on shaheed-e-Millat road.

By now it was dark, the sun had gone down. And the many cars had their head lights turned to the full beam. The cars coming from the opposite side of shaheed-e-Millat road were blinding me, and when I flicked my lights at them they did not even noticed, there was little I could do I just kept my speed down. The brute continued till the end of the journey.

These are just a few of the elements we face every single day while driving on the roads of Karachi. People extensively use the horn of their cars, even near hospitals and schools in a quest to scare people off road, and sadly they often do succeed in their evil plan. Going with a full beam (Head light) turned on to totally blind others, over taking from the wrong side, switching lanes and realizing they needed to turn right after reaching the signal with their cars positioned on the extreme opposite left causes accidents, traffic jams, and bring a complete chaos to our roads. I hope people would realize that their ignorance can end someone’s life, and I hope in addition to all other traffic rules they would also learn to keep their hands off the horns and their lights dipped while they drive.

P.S: A Question To Karachi (Traffic) Police License Branch:

Do you even take a driving test before issuing a driving license?
Ooh! Sorry! Wrong question, let me ask you something that would make more sense.
How much do you charge for issuing a license to an illiterate moron? Because I have seen so many on our roads.

23 Comments so far

  1. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 4:04 am

    @Jamash,

    Tussi kya karachi wich naway aaiy o ?

    Come on, there is much else happening around, post that..

    By the way can you really drive your FX to 80 MPH?

    The speedometer in FX shows velocity in KM/H.

    80 MPH is 140KM/H, are you sure you were on the streets of Karachi with that speed (& that too on an FX?)


  2. Jamash (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    It is actually KM/h.. I will just make the corrections. Thank you .


  3. insecticide (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    @tamed

    just to correct you,

    1MPH= 1.61KMPH
    so the conversion is,

    80MPH= 128.8 KMPH

    according to you,

    80MPH= 140KMPH which is wrong.


  4. Ignorant Yankee (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 6:30 am

    There was a painter once living among whom we classify as DESIS in the states. He took a month to paint a beatiful masterpiece. He wrote underneath it ” Please put a dot where the painting needs to be corrected”. The next day there was no sign of the painting as it was covered in black dots. The artist took the liberty to draw another beautiful master piece but this time he wrote, “Please place a dot where the painting needs to be corrected however this time correct it as well”. To his surprise for a long time there was not a single dot on the painting.

    It is easier to critisize than to correct. I believe without honking in the streets of karachi you will probably be stuck in the potholes as no one will let you move forward. It is eseential to honk especially for street crossers who just barge into the road expecting every car to stop for them.

    However, I do agree with the idea of young teenagers acting like they are indeed driving in a Nascar race.


  5. amin polani (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:03 am

    when in rome do as romans do


  6. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    That’s one story that almost all of us face here in Karachi. The high beam really is a pain! I have been thinking WHY do we see everyone driving on high beam and not caring about the person driving on the other end. I think this habbit came to us from our beloved traffic mafia AND also because for years, we have seen huge holes in the roads. Unless you spot one from way far, there is a good chance that you will end up having your car broken or you may also end up in a terrible accident. We need proper think tanks to THINK and to come up with solutions to address all these issues.


  7. br0ke (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    omg…… how can u make us read 4 paras of ur random bs……. this is a new LOw for kblogs…
    oh wait the new low will be me replying to this bs…..
    crap i just did…..


  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    jamash ma man! try driving in lahore and you’ll see a world of difference! even though lagta hai, the noise on the streets of karachi is quite less in comparision!

    that being said.. i hate people like that too! just pass and get it over with damnit!

    oh and at times, i take the ‘liberty’ to further infuriate the ignorant driver behind me by deliberately staying in front of them, slowing down, and turning the music up so i dont have to listen to their incessant blabber :D

    works out really well with bus drivers :p


  9. Kashif (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    A bike walla suddenly stopped in front of me when I was turning towards tariq road from Allah wali chowrangi. I had to apply breaks in fraction of second to avoid collision. The guy spotted a friend on another bike and stopped on mid road, making a turn, to chat with him.


  10. bikewala (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

    my bad kashif…….
    actually i found my long lost brother that day….


  11. Bolshevik (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    @ Bikewala: LOL!


  12. Salman (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    The post was way toooo xagerated. A waste of time to go through this stupid post. lol and even more stupid da fact i replied !


  13. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    SALMAN A.: Just wait and see. I am pretty DAMN SURE that soon UNAIZA NASIM and UMAR will eventually come up with posts that make NO FREAKIN’ SENSE. May be they will share a story they came up with while taking a huge dump! Just wait :D


  14. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    @Salman:
    let me commit that stupidity too.. :))))

    @zeeshan, i am Salman A. and not Salman.. i asked you a q on the other page. take a look..


  15. HASSAN' (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    Well this thing happens nearly everyday. I dont know why ppl call them literate when they are practically illiterate?


  16. danny (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    I think Jamash highlighted a very important issue in Karachi — the use of high beams — I, for one, am completely blinded by high beams and have almost been a victim to an accident as I could not see the street ahead of me due to oncoming car’s high beams. Thanks for highlighting this issue Jamash and I hope, for our safety’s sake, that the KMB community will start driving without high beams on. If we start doing it, hopefully we can get others to do it too and make driving on the already dangerous Karachi streets, just a little safer. Be well.


  17. zee (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    wats wrong with you guys
    each and every single post is a waste of time from you…have you guys ever tried writing something up besides criticizing…..if you are not happy with the post then suggest a story there is a link available on KBM website…i been reading this blog for two years and umar is actually the guys who started this blog…
    these guys Use their time to write and post for us …i think they need some appreciation instead of meaning less criticism on post


  18. SS (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

    I 2nd ZEE’s comments. The folks who have criticized the post are the big losers and in fact they are the ones wasting our time with their stupid criticism and add noise to the comments sections. Please go some where else if you just want to criticize. We appreciate you if you leave us alone.


  19. Abdullah (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    i third zee’s comments


  20. NY (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 5:35 am

    Definitely an important issue and worth considering…i keep getting these weird thoughts in my mind of how to stop these things happening. Obviously law has to get be strengthened.

    I have seen children as young as 14 and 15 driving on the streets and maybe even younger than this…these are clearly identifiable.

    what could be done? change the law and publicise it. anyone caught driving without a license (a valid one) the car to be confiscated and auctioned OR a penalty of Rs 250,000 whichever is lower. half the penalty amount to go towards the police welfare and half the penalty goes to the government..the person driving illegaly has to spend a week in jail! strictly no bribes allowed. this will ensure (i) less cars on the road, (ii) fewer accidents, (iii) some benefits for the policemen as they definitely are not paid well enough, (iv) additional revenue for the government and (v) well controlled traffic.

    Sorry if i am over reacting but sometimes such lawlesness and the fact that law is helpless does create so much of anger that mind automatically starts thinking about such ideas!!


  21. Imran (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    We are all corrupt people living in a corrupt society, Jamash.

    Enjoy the silence :)


  22. Harris (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Jamash thank you for this random post, i am tired of LAL Masjid Darama reports till now, visited KBlogs and wow, got ur post here.

    ever been to Multan? try it, you’ll be cursing in all languages known to human race :).

    I second you Zee….

    Ham Darinda qaum hain, sharminda qaum hain, hum sab ka aik hi kam, aaao karain ganda pakistan pakistan pakistan….


  23. SS (unregistered) on July 10th, 2007 @ 10:20 am

    @ HARRIS
    LOL :)



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