Where’s The Law ? & Who Rules The City ?

Few hours back around five pm in the evening today a UTS bus carrying passengers from Nagan chowrangi towards surjani was intercepted by several armed men, among the occupants were mostly the ladies who were heading home after ending their shift at the garment factory.

The armed men stopped the bus directed the driver to take the bus off track to a deserted location nearby, they directed the occupants not to raise alarm or call anyone or they will be shot on spot.

While the occupants remained hostage in the bus the driver was dragged a few meters away where they questioned him, made a few phone calls and than they started rouging him up, beating him they further dragged him to a by standing car. The men who were keeping the occupants of the bus still, slowly moved back, boarded the car and fled the scene along with the driver.

The whole nerve shattering drama lasted around 45-60 minutes, leaving the passengers completely stunned by teh end.

As the occupants were not robbed or harmed and nothing was stolen, it seems someone had some sores settle with the driver, but the questions that haunt me: ” Where is the law ? And who rules the city ? “

14 Comments so far

  1. BoZz (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    You meant to say, who rules the jungle, did you not.

    The answer is the the strongest, biggest and the meanest of them all.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    Jamash – I hope you are not a teenager or from group of new 20s’ generation who have not seen the world outside their neighborhood or suffered from exposure all on your own.

    BY the way – You asked LAW? which law? NRO of 2007? or ATC section 37-2(A)- Arrest without presence of magistrate and warrant, or PPC 17D – which says armed to damage public or public proerty in which even a gas ciggrate lighter can be enough for arrest under intention to damage public property.

    The megapolis on globe are alike, any event to disturb / distarct the LEA, the scoundrales and the gangs settle the scores.

    The episode you have narrated, must be some score settlement with that driver, nothing doing with occupants of the the bus.

    Draconian law of (former) British colonies are for underpriviliged not for those who can BUY it.

  3. SanaMoh (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    Atleast to me this situation does not sound new. There are many people especially from the village areas who come down especially to the main cities to “settle scores” with people on issues such as land and marriage.

    This situation is a bit different but shows the growing lawlessness in our city. A couple of months ago a student van taking University students back home in the early evening was intercepted in traffic by gangsters who robbed the students off their wallets and cellphones.

    At the end of the day, just like Bozz said the one who has the money and power is the ruler of the city. Money talks.

  4. Concerned (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    Abey bacha hai kia?

    So wht if the driver had enemies, he prob did something too. These things happen in every country.

  5. iD (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Jamash Bruv,

    The answer is clear
    “Might is always right”

  6. Code9 (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    What kinda idiotic comments u guys r posting… Plz post rational solutions for such problems. When we give in or suurender to a situation we become part of the problem. We must be part of the solution(s). We “together” have to push this nation forward.

  7. ALAM (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 5:19 am

    What would happen to a city which is becoming so kaam chor?

    (the following news item did not mention Ramzan, for obvious reasons)


    Economic activity in Karachi crippled since Oct 13

    Businessmen say suspension of industrial, trading activities for 9 days at a stretch is a record; export orders being diverted to other countries

  8. Zee (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    JAMASH: You wrote YOUR opinion or rather question in the title of this post. It’s a story that should be shared yes but please try not to put your opinions in the title of each story. Let people talk about it and let them take it on from the very beginning instead of putting forward a theory, an idea, a question and then having them answer it. You could have easily chosen some other title like “BUS HIJACED IN SURJANI TOWN”

    Do you have but no sense of blogging?

  9. ajjoo (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 10:00 am


    the question was where’s the law and who rules the city…

    you guys answered correctly – might is right!

    this might sound cliched but i will use an old proverb here – united we stand divided we fall.

    well same thing here – if you create enough division among the people there is never going to be enough might with the common man to stand up. so if we can start a movement to unite ourselves ( daily lives, schools, colleges, work ) we will have the might and we will rule. We all know what’s going on and what’s wrong and what’s right but we dont do anything to correct it. we just become ‘part of the system’. WE CANNOT DO THAT ANYMORE IF WE WANT A CHANGE.

    you all know what wrongs you are doing in your daily lives and what you can do to correct them ( i’m talking about a thing as simple as throwing a wrapper on the ground ). let me give you an example of what else you can do – the next time you go to friday prayers and the imam is giving a khutba any bit politically inclined, raise your voice there and challenge him. first of all he’s not supposed to be giving khutbas which are politically inclined ( but i’m sure they are all doing that this friday ) and second ask him what allows him to express and impose his opinions on others. Ask him to talk about the community, the mohalla and what has he done to improve it or what the maulwi community on a whole is doing to improve it. These maulana’s need to challenged – their word is not be taken blindly. they are the ones who blind the poor, illiterate person to go towards jihad when the poor guy doesn’t even know what it means. They are the ones who are preaching us the koran and dont even know the meaning of it. they are the ones who are imposing their ill founded opinions on us when we are better read and qualified to talk on such matters than them.

    We have to unite and we have to stand up against any oppression. But we have to be examples first.

    We cannot let buffoons lead us. We are better than that. We are way better than that. We earn a halal livelihood – why should we let them take it away from us.

    You want to improve the community – cut down your cell phone usage and put the money towards building a school in your muhalla for all the servants that work in your area. Give them an opportunity to get to know the world, to learn. That as a literate privileged person is our responsibility.

    We have a long way to go but we will get there but we need to start somewhere i.e. ourselves.

    I am working towards a movement for the transformation of two parties – the maulanas and the police. if you get those two to step out of politics and focus on their own education and the education of the community – we have won half the battle.

    I think the citizens police has a very important part to play in this revolution. the citizens police can provide us with an infrastructure which we can implement in our mohallas and take charge of common wrong doings. There is no way we can rely on the police for anything right now. that department is too frayed.

    We need to come up with ideas. please start thinking and start implementing!

  10. ronin1770 (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    they should have “Welcome to the Jungle” lyrics on “Welcome to Karachi” road-sign on super and national highway

  11. Mufakkir (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    Of course,

    Altaf Hussain rules the city!

    Of course!

  12. bala (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:30 pm



  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Altaf Hussain rules the city ?? which city, Karachi ??

    Am sorry People – cross the city limits either direction from Karachi and you will see who rules the SINDH

    – I have no biasing for any party but the ground reality MQM talks about is limited within ONLY 16 KM radius of Karachi – beyond that you will see the difference.

    The language differentiates most. The ‘HATE’ for non-sindhi is visible along side the roads let alone the towns & villages.

    I can go on & on, but take a test –

    go on super highway cross mile marker 43 park your car down on katcha, goto near by place and say it – my car is hit by someone sindhi who ran away…….and be ready for an ordeal,

    Pakistan Peoples Party is still the STRONGEST of all in SINDH, and they will remain the same, unless MQM breaks out the cocon of ethinicity.

  14. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    Bhaio wahan aik bus without driver khari hay aur tum kin chakaron main par gaye?

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