VII and the Unmarked Guard Car

vii-and-unmarked-police-carToday while driving home I was practically bulldozed by these two vehicles rushing down Shahrai Faisal with absolute no regard for traffic or people crossing the roads. We here in Pakistan are quite accustomed to being shoved off the streets by these VVIP [or VVuIP very very Unimportant people] convoys. But what surprised me was that this Toyota surf was practically unmarked and the guard car trailing hot on its tail providing thug coverage to this menace on the street was also unmarked.

The lead car sported a large stencilized VII on its back, while the blue guard car trailing hot on its wheels had no markings at all. The guard car was a Toyota Hilux painted blue to mimic a usual police escort vehicles but apparently the car neither carried any policemen nor had any visible markings to be an official police car. The guards in the back carried some hefty weapons and were visibly furious at the surrounding traffic ‘for not providing them the right of passage’ [??], one of the guards was in a casual white shalwar kameez while the other sticking his gun out the side was in a plainclothes grey shalwar kameez uniform

Im sure it wont be too difficult to find out who actually operates this illegal convoy – without doubt it is the work of the powerful and mighty who ‘can get away with it’

34 Comments so far

  1. yahudi4 on April 28th, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    as long as its moving away fast……does not concern me a bit…!


  2. fasee on April 28th, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    the trick …to get off there way as soon as possible, unless you want to be abused or harrased out right on the road.

    once fasee sahad, on his phatphati was harrased for some while, ( not in his knowledge, as windows closed, heavy music runnign full volume, uncle fasee sippign away his cold grape juice, was least bothered to give way to some police waving hands and saying some things ( must have been expeltives ) which i didn therd or bothered for a few mintues, to there shock and eventual furustration…..then i thouhgt,,…damn it are you out of your mind, they might shoot you for god sake…..so i gave in and let them pass….which they really did, but not before givging me a menacing look from each car in the convoy….after that uncle fasee usually dont mess with them and enjoy his drive like he alwasy do

    @ teeth mastero.

    sir, with any amount of sanity, never replicate such feat with a REAL convoy, as this was a decoy….as you might be shot at sight for suspision on gathring sensitive info or amrican jasoosi.


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  4. usman on April 29th, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

    The car is Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon, not a Surf.


  5. kabirdas on April 29th, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    @ Fasee
    " sippign away his cold grape juice, was least bothered to give way to some police"

    Pray sir, which kind of grape juice was it which gave you so much courage or was it Dutch courage thanks to the right kind of grape juice, the kind KD advices every one to drink to survive the woes of present day life:-)


  6. fasee on April 29th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

    @ KD

    "Pray sir, which kind of grape juice "

    sir pls have faith in me, fasee’s habbit of drinking only sin-free drinks…..although mrs fasee still think red grape juice is alcoholic once its too old in the fridge…..:)

    "was it which gave you so much courage or was it Dutch courage"

    sir try it some time, when you put volume 2 or 3 pointless than maxiumum, with juice in ur hand and blackberry on yr side reading emails, and banging ur head to teh heavy music while driving….u wud be least bothered what the hell is gogin on aroudn you…only know whats in front of me…..the ones on my back …hell may care…

    so i wont call it bravery …it can be more of ignorance or apathy to the surroundings or something…but not breavery by any condition


  7. kabirdas on April 29th, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

    @ Fasee
    " sin-free drinks….."

    KD considers drinking sin-free drinks as big a sin as Shirk.

    " mrs fasee still think red grape juice is alcoholic once its too old in the fridge".

    Mrs. Fasee may also be thinking that if she puts paper flowers in the fridge long enough they will start smelling nice like the real flowers.

    " with juice in ur hand and blackberry on yr side reading emails"

    Sir, honestly I think driving while multi-tasking is more dangerous than drunk driving.


  8. d0ct0r on April 29th, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    Similar incident narrated in a letter to editor Dawn news.

    Yahoos in Prados

    Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 | 02:01 AM PST

    ON my way home from work the other day, I was edged by a white Prado travelling at breakneck speed on Sharea Faisal, oblivious to other vehicles on this busy street at rush hour. It was being chased by two escorts, one was filled with private guards, the other was a police van.

    I craned my neck to catch the license plate number but all I could see was a big ‘Z’ and the acronym AFR (Applied For Registration) 2009 written in small letters. As my car got squeezed between the sidewalk and the Prado’s entourage, I couldn’t help but think that as much as I hated it, there was nothing I could do about it.

    For I was just a common man and we commoners were no match for the yahoos in Prados: a state of disregard, contempt and disrespect that those in power have for those they have power over. This state of affairs has increased many times over after the latest administration came into power.

    Karachi, being the main city of Pakistan in terms of population and the revenue that it generates, has seen worse days. Mustafa Kamal is a good nazim, as good as they get. Bigger roads, flyovers, underpasses and what not are the talk of the town. That they have helped ease traffic congestion is true. That these are only cosmetic changes and that the real solution lies in an efficient mass transit system is also true.

    But again these are structural changes. We do need changes in the infrastructure but more than that, we need to change the way we think. We need societal changes. Top down, bottom up. And the so-called VVIPS and self-aggrandising individuals represent what is wrong with this system: people at the top do not care about those at the bottom, which I consider the ‘Yahoos in Prados’ mindset.

    Honesty and accountability should trickle from the top. If our Yahoo-in-Chief decides to get rid of the ‘Yahoos in Prados’ culture, his popularity is sure to rise from the pits it is in right now. However, this government is very similar to the one before: strong-arm tactics using state resources, intimidation by goons and manipulation of those who might later on serve to become a problem by offering them lucrative jobs and ministries is the order of the day.

    Is the ‘Yahoos in Prados’ culture something that we must accept and live with? All we can hope for is that the younger generation does away with the ‘Yahoos in Prados’ culture. They’re likely to be better educated, more in tune with the world, open to a more equitable culture found in the West and realise that there is more to life than material things such as roaming around in Prados.

    I’m sure that we can all vouch that the average Pakistani is good at heart and wishes the country to progress. It’s just the few rotten apples who spoil the bunch. The ‘Yahoos in Prados’ culture may die soon. There is still hope.

    YAWAR HEREKAR
    Karachi


  9. karachiet on April 30th, 2009 @ 12:02 am

    (Just got this email from my friend’s daughter) OMG this is simply crazy, I was on my way back home after taking my coaching classes and had no idea what was going on, as soon as my brother came to pick me up I noticed his pale face, he said that he narrowly escaped in-discriminate firing near hyderi market on his way to pick me up.

    As we hurriedly drove back home I saw a white corolla car firing like crazy on the shops near my house, I live near hyderi market area, god I will never in my life forget this horrifying sight, I clearly saw that there were 4 people in the car and they were certainly not local people, they had fair complexion and two of them had beards my brother said either these terrorists are afghans or from tribal areas.

    I am a student preparing my exams but looks like these crazy terrorist from outside our city have some evil agenda to destroy the peace and harmony of Karachi, I cant stop thinking could they actually be Taliban..?


  10. fasee on April 30th, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    @karachiet

    Well that’s pretty fuckedup….coz me stuck at airport…with rangers all over…and no taxi…and all fucked up peopples have booked all rooms before I did….and while browsing I dint even see anyupdates on KMB….what everyone. Is waiting for….everything here is fucked up….including my battery with no charger….fucked up


  11. balma on April 30th, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    I have seen many fair people in Pakistan and India (and I have been around, despite my young age) who are not Pathan, and have seen many many many many Pathans who are not fair at all. So, guessing someone’s ethnic background on the basis of their shade of skin is not a good idea.

    But, if this girl thinks that those bastards were Pathans becouse of their harkaat-o-saknaat, or they were teliban because of their tribal kartoots and vehshee looks, then I have no comment.


  12. karachies on April 30th, 2009 @ 12:43 am

    This is really terrifying; I live in Bufferzone I was going for a shopping with my relative, when we were at North Nazimabad we saw some cars turning around from the end of the road. I wonder what happened that these cars are turn around, but I was astonish to see that four men sitting in a maroon car two in front and the others two are sitting behind having long beards firing on the innocent people who are waiting to go home from their work.

    I don’t know how to express the situation, these guys are crazy they didn’t see whether there are women or children at the street but they are firing. Shops are beginning to close. I was hardly run and found a shelter beneath the car.

    After seeing all this cruel act of these guys my relative questioned me who these people were? They are Afghanis or Talibans? Their looks are not related to local people. After hearing this comment from his side I begin to think that Taliban actually exist in Karachi? Why these people destroy the peace of this city? They have some foreign agenda to work on it? GOD knows…


  13. fasee on April 30th, 2009 @ 1:23 am

    Rite now I giv a blody shit if they r taliban or afghanis or pasthuns of greko roman russians or purussinas….all I know is…I don’t have a room*, am sitting on airport grass footpath, I don’t have a charger…and people here don’t know what a black berry is…not even a laptop charger converter……this whole world is fucked up……will buy a chay Nokia which this fucked up city understand…oh sir nokia..han han charger bi hai. Attery bi hai….sali fucked up qom


  14. balma on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:03 am

    Stay safe Fussy.
    I have been there…..arriving at the airport 8 PM, for 6 AM flight, or waiting till 8 AM in the morning after arriving at 2 PM at night.
    Too many ghundas doing ghunda gardi in Karachi for too long.
    I thought half of Karachi had blackberry….kyaa baat kar rahay ho!


  15. fasee on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:48 am

    @ balma

    Thanks for the concern sir, my nerves have calmd down a bit by now, after a long session of vulgar songs and galiyaan in the air for 3 hours or so…as I landed at 12 to be precise…..no cabs there

    Now I regret why didn’t I leve my phatphati in parking so I cud have fled or atleast have slept in back seat with AC on.

    Now going to airport hotelb for a try…as for playing safe….me getting irritated to the limit…I don wana play safe…sali dimagh ki dahi ker di 3 ghantay me

    As for balckberry….sir try ker lijiye ga…aap ko kahen say charger mikjai tu….me 3 ghantay say thak giya…ke kisi ke pas hu tu mang loon

    Last hope was my laptop charger…per salay wo charge nai kernay de rah on shops…pillars pe wo fit nai ata…sali chay qom….no posibility to adjust bigger sized sockets..it doent not fit or reach inside….

    Khair….me getiing pissed off again,,,so am hoping a ride to heotel…kuch time guzar jai ga


  16. بستنی (wasiq) on April 30th, 2009 @ 8:26 am

    @fasee sab…..ghar nahein aaney ka achcha bahana hai sab….raat behr mobile cam sey airhostesses ki pictures leytey rahey houn gay aur hum ko sirf bharam dikha rahey hain….han na….?
    Btw, yeah barday naam waley mobiles main kuch nahein rakha…aaj kal chinese mobile aagay hain unn ki battery zayada chalti hai….double sim bhi hai….I love chinese


  17. karachiet on April 30th, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    @fasee: sir hope you are safe after many hours of panic, considering your experience i’m wondering are we disaster ready? guess we need ‘theek thaak’ on-ground working at individual & collective level, like fasee sahab should be carrying all the necessary gadgets he missed last night :)

    @wasiq: dude i completely agree with your Chinese input, i am on the same boat and my second phone is this NKTEL thing :D kia nahi hay is mobile may!


  18. kabirdas on April 30th, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    @ Balma,Fasee and Wasiq

    My heart bleeds for Karachi. Think of it only last week I was thinking of moving back to Karachi and you were welcoming me. Now

    Na jaay raften na paai mandan

    Anyway Islamabd is still safer. Welcome to Islamabd. KD will receive you with open arms and show you a glimpse of Paindu hospitality. You will enjoy the peace and quiet of Murree hills away from all this madness.
    Take care and look after yourself. Hope no harm comes to you.


  19. بستنی (wasiq) on April 30th, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    @KD sarkar…..sir when I was a non matric not like you….I studied the sine wave and the biorhythm…..this seems to be the case of the bitter half cities of Karachi and Islamabad these days….its no different to live in either of the two….clear and imminent danger surrounds us always. fear and hope cannot be separated anymore…!


  20. karachiet on April 30th, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    @KD: Izloo 60 miles away from *MADNESS*


  21. kabirdas on April 30th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    @ karaciet
    " Izloo 60 miles away from *MADNESS*"

    Still, ‘hanooz dilli door ust.’


  22. karachiet on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    Rangee ko Narangee kahen
    Bane doodh ko khoyaa
    Chalatee ko gadee kahen
    Dekh kabira roya…


  23. karachiet on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    *CORRECTION*

    Chalte ko garee kahe jele doodh ko koya
    Rangee ko narangee kahe dekh Kabira roya..


  24. kabirdas on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

    @ kaachiet

    I think it is:

    Kharay doodh ko khoyaa

    Khara doodh ounds better than Bana doodh.


  25. kabirdas on April 30th, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    Jala is wrong because there is no contradiction in calling Jala doodh as Khoyya ie lost.
    ———

    Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair
    Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair

    [Kabira in the market place, wishes welfare of all
    Neither friendship nor enmity with anyone at all]


  26. fasee on April 30th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

    As is waqat mr fasee Jala tu nahee per Jali Kati sab ko suna raha hai…so will hold my anylasis….:)


  27. fasee on May 1st, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    @karachiet

    My situation was worse due to my sickness, my lack of battery charge and the feeling of stupidity for being in such condition although being a partial survuvialist….if u know what a survivalist is…:)….fasee thinks most of us shud be to the level they can afford to incorporate the things required.

    I had wrote a lenghty list, which I ususly do and some what am planing to do…but it seems I got baned agin so will paste it from my last page that I saved on

    Maybe it might help u in futute eventualities


  28. kabirdas on May 1st, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    @ Fasee
    Sir, don’t mind my saying so but our women folk generally tend to have a soft corner for these bearded devils mistking them as the gate keepers of heaven. This is the ideal opportunity to put Mrs Fasee on the trail of our uncle sufi who is a major cause of our woes.


  29. kabirdas on May 1st, 2009 @ 12:50 am

    @ guys
    The following may not be relevent to this particular post. But I dont care. It is relvent to our present situation:

    The following anectode might be worth reading in connection with the live burial of young girls in Naseerabad, Balochistan and subsequent defence of the action as a Baloch tribal custom by deputy chairman Pakistan Senate Mr. Zahri., the flogging of young girls, summary executions and other barbarisms based on our ‘tribal’ and ‘cultural’ heritage

    A story for which Charles James Napier (British Commander-in-Chief in India ) is famous involves a delegation of Hindu Rajput locals approaching him and complaining about the prohibition of "Satti".This was the custom of burning widows alive on the funeral pyres of their husbands. The exact wording of his response varies somewhat in different reports, but the following version captures its essence:

    "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."


  30. fasee on May 2nd, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    @ KD

    "The following may not be relevent to this particular post. "

    so do you mean that are all suppose to be relevant to the post..??


  31. ayeshashah on May 3rd, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    Yarr Janay do us ko jo bhe hay, us ko apny jan piayry hay, just like Altaf Bahi hiding in London.

    Or Janab Lerkion ko un kay hal per chor do met masslla bano itna un ka ….


  32. kabirdas on May 3rd, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

    @ ayshashah

    Janay do kis ko ??
    Kis ko jan apni piari hay ??
    Larkion ko un kay hal per
    chorna hi to mushkal hay !
    Massalla yeh bahout deerina hay
    Choro to mushkil agar na choro to mushkil :-)


  33. بستنی (wasiq) on May 3rd, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    @Ayeshashah……My dear friend…..if they look good and do good …I’ll think good…simple..!


  34. fasee on May 4th, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    a bit late, as my system was unable to post it that i have typed.

    @ karachiet

    "i’m wondering are we disaster ready? guess we need ‘theek thaak’ on-ground working at individual & collective level"

    have of my furustration was due to this part….as i am considered a survivalist in my circle…if you know what a survivalist is, that is.

    but yes i agree….we all shud be to an extent, if not fully….fasee realised this long ago whe i usffered during the blowing up of mullah brigade on 12 rabiulawal some years ago….further added to it when benazir met her fate….

    so lemme give you some tips…some are really pricy and not affordabel v]or managable, even for me, but some are really cost effective….and shud be done.

    1) shud have 2 independet power supplies ( 1 generator 1 UPS or solar panels

    fasee has two generators, 3 batteries and a couple of boxes of candles just in case.

    2) have ample storage of multiple purpose fuel
    fasee stores gasoline in 6 diffrent cansters ( 2 of 20 lts and 4 of 5 ltr ) along with 10 kg of coal just in case.

    3) have a stock of necessqaary mediences

    i usualy maintain 2 stacks…one if the reular house medical kit, the other is a untouchable resevre, with antibiotics, pain killers, panadol, paracetamol brufen, ointments , detol etc etc staashed away…they have a 3 -4 yrs expirey and are not that expensive for aonce in 4 year buy.

    4) have protection devices handy.

    fasee used to have a norinco 0.38 b ut mrs fasee pressured him to sale it, as she fearedi might shoot some mullah if they came again…she was right, if i had it, i must have today……so the day things normalises, i will be reapplying for two arms, one a handy hand gun for atrgeted firing….0.38 for men, 9mm carbon fibre for women……second that i will be buying is the repeater, which is just a terror weapon not good for closed quarters, but looks pretty good in hand or on the wall.

    5) ample dry food

    i usualy store dry milk, which we never drink and hate, but is stored for any eventuality, some canned food which you can rotae by using ands adding up slowly but keepoing a running inventory

    6) ample stock of water supply.

    fasee buys some extra bottels of nestle when i order, in additon to water filter which although not used, can be utilised…and oh forgot…the generator shud be atleast that strong to handle your water suction pump…..a good motor requries atleast a 5 kv generator.

    7) mobility, shud have atleast one or btere two vehicles, diffrent brands and catagories, ( light -heavy, cheap-expensive car-bike etc )

    one the main car and second shud be primed but less used….and keep the fuel tansk filled, alteat the one you dont use.

    fasee uses one car phatphati, while keep the seonced one in garage will tanks full….secondlhy the fuel stored for generatoion can be switched to vehicles if and when required.

    8) comunication

    shud have a land line, mobile phones and internet access….better to have them charged, but if your power generation is secured by generators then there is no issue if they are charged or not, no worries.

    shuld have diffrent sims of diffrent companies…although in pasitan once they ar4e jammed , they are all jammed..but anyways,

    better have two phones one pricy second cheaper one…..fasee used a combo of black berry and sony erricson, which mrs fasee snatched on without gun point…so i will choose a nokia for easy availablity.

    the backup mobile shud be a "no frils" and strong rugged, rough and tuff one to handle the shocks.

    9) preventives.

    storing such electornincs and fuel is dangerous so ample preventive devices are to be have.

    like rupper matts and ear muffs and rubber slipes when handling power generators, a good capacity CO2 fire extinguisher near the equipment ( others might damge the electronics ) a good set of ropes for any thign that migfht come handy, some torch lights, i inadditon of the regualr house emergency lights have shock proof torches, which althogh pricy, are the best for such eventualities, and they have shockproof body and lens, plus a LED bulb which dont let you down any time sooner.

    10) Trainings

    get a traning on firer fighting, CPR, first aid, how to handle burns, electric shocks fractures etc etc

    11)
    whenever gogin out double check
    all your batteris are primed,
    your car tanks full,
    your car has store of snaks and water
    a balnket adn a pillow
    a second set of clothes and slipers



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