Irregularities around the city…

I am starting a new series where I will post things that we spot on a day to day basis, that dont seem right. A lot of people see things that should not be happening but we usually end up turning our eyes away from it. In order to improve the country, it is important that we keep an eye out for people who seem to be breaking the law and using unfair methods. If we keep highlighting these things in the media then the authorities are forced to look at correcting themselves. If we turn a blind eye, we give more freedom for corruption to flourish.

With this series, I will provide a platform for you to help change things in Karachi for the better. In the rapidly upcoming tradition of citizen journalism, I will keep this series open to everyone. Since it is our responsibility to make our city a better place, you can go do your own reporting and send me your photos/videos. I will publish a good selection every week for the benefit of the readers (Submission guidelines are at the end of the post).

TODAY’s SELECTION:

Ibex being transported

Ibex being transported

I saw this stuffed Ibex being transported to somebody’s house near Khyaban-e-Ittehad a few days ago. I am not sure if these animals have a protected or endangered status within Pakistan. If it is, than this guy was clearly doing illegal stuff.

Next item:

Police high-handedness?

Police high-handedness?

These policemen drove up on their bike all of a sudden, snatched the weighing scales of these two poor fruit peddlars, and rode off. The fruit peddlers tried to argue, but seemed more shocked at what had happened. Would this be a case of high handedness by the police towards the poorer members of society? I believe the fruit peddlers had a right to be warned first if they were doing something illegal, rather than just being snatched off of their hard-earned possessions.

GUIDELINES FOR YOUR OWN SUBMISSIONS:

1) It has to be YOUR OWN STORY!  No news from other sources allowed. Only original items will be published.

2) Take pictures, they tell it better. Videos are okay too. Try to reduce the file size as much as you can.

3) Send it to swerveut@yahoo.com

4) If you want to keep yourself anonymous, just ask me.

Lets make our city a better place. Cheers!

17 Comments so far

  1. jaydee on July 6th, 2009 @ 2:33 am

    Hey dude nice post. I hope people will give there input cuz there is a lot of stuff around to post…


  2. بستنی (wasiq) on July 7th, 2009 @ 10:59 am

    don’t tell me its not a statue of Ibex….

    ps:the mangoes were really nice .thanks


  3. bizare on July 7th, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    Traffic laws in pakistan is like driving a ride in playland…no ones gives a shit if they are in their lane or they are using indicator or they are following speed limit or are their belongings are secure enough…

    I am not disappointed from Masses…what hurts the most is when you see educated people doing these kinda things, which makes one think….that is that what our future is.


  4. بستنی (wasiq) on July 7th, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    most of the mangoes on the push carts are sindhrdi….and this year they are of much better quality than last year….and they are very cheap as well 3kg for just Rs 100/-….without a bargain….

    @ SwERveUT….which flyover is this…in the second picture…?


  5. ameerhamza on July 8th, 2009 @ 9:22 am

    Ibex, alive or dead, is not allowed. But I see that lots of people have them in their homes. People who can pay hell lot of money to kill such a beautiful animal and then stuff it.

    I am sure this photograph is worth a paper. Please send it to Dawn.


  6. بستنی (wasiq) on July 8th, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    @ameerhamza…..sir with all due respect…I have a friend who was stationed on the highest battle field of the world the infamous saichen…few years back….and according to him sometimes while bracing the enemy these horned creatures were the only means of their survival…he had kept the stuffed heads as a reminder….


  7. Shamsi (shamsi) on July 8th, 2009 @ 11:54 am

    wasiq … IBEX at Siachen,

    The animals are found most frequently at elevations ranging from 3000 to 5300 m above sea level, (Siachen is at 5700) but are also known to occur in areas as low as 1000 m in the Altai Mountains (in tibet & mangolia)

    They have a redilection for rugged terrain as an anti-predator strategy.


  8. fasee on July 8th, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    @ swervut

    " There hard earned posessions"

    Sir, I cudnt stop my smile on that, pls can u do a atricle, on what really is a hard earned posession in pakistan….??

    Its either chori ka,corruption ka, bank lease ka, loan ka, amma bawa ka, susral ka, ya phokat ka posession…..hardly seen the mythical khoon paseena say banaya huwa maal…:)

    @ wasiq

    For what means these IBEXs were used by ur friend….?? Was it only for satiating the junger for food only..or…….khair leave it, let the poor soul rest in pieces


  9. بستنی (wasiq) on July 8th, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

    @fasee sab….these day they use a proverb in the hindi movies…." Ab phansi razia gundoun main"….you are right those that must have survived my friend ….must have crossed the boarder into the hands of the indians….they can’t complain because its the matter of national security….bakhair


  10. fasee on July 8th, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    @ wasiq

    Well west is much advanced is every aspect of life, no doubt they r such dominant.

    Had they learnt, india n pak shud have populated the border region with sheep, they r a multi facet livestock available to satisfy many types of hungers, if western confessions r to be belived on face value.


  11. بستنی (wasiq) on July 9th, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    @fasee sab….you are so right about the advance thing….they have the best spy satellites….over the troubled regions….because to the best of my Knowledge….they hired most of the survivers from both sides….most probably for the sheeps back home…..


  12. fasee on July 9th, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    @ wasiq

    " Hire for sheeps back home"

    And I thought the people they hired WERE the sheep..( Of darker color that is)


  13. بستنی (wasiq) on July 9th, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    @fasee sab…..ya they only do that when hiring for us….lol


  14. fasee on July 10th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    @ wasiq

    Suna hai aaj kal rate thora gir giya hai.

    In good times it used to be a dime a dozen or so


  15. SwERveUT (swerveut) on July 11th, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    @ Wasiq: It was a real Ibex for sure. You can tell by the horns and the fur if it is real or fake. And by the way, you cannot make a fake so lifelike. Even in museums.

    The army usually gets supplies helicoptered to them in Siachen. If they are stranded and they hunt on the Ibex for survival, that is okay. However if they display afterwards that they killed an endangered animal with pride, that is a cause for shame.

    The flyover in the second picture is the under-construction Gizri skyway.

    @ Fasee: What corruption do you want to accuse those poor mango sellers of?


  16. fasee on July 11th, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    @ swervut.

    Well sir, that’s an easy one…..

    There scales r crooked, there weights r less that what they r suppose to be.

    They sell desi aap in name of anwar retol…( Me being a victim so many times, kiya bataoon)

    They sell mangoes dats ripened on "calcium carbide" which is poisen for us, instead of tree ripen.

    U wud say dats the contractor, not the rehri wala, ok, immit last one…but what bout being a tool on inflation and over pricing, 10 rupay ki cheez 50 me bechoo.

    "Sir jee pechay say mehanga aa raha hai"…I don’t buy that crap

    Haram ka paisa kabhi insaan ko faida nai deta….dats why even after such corruption they still stay in the gutters where such cheaters belong.

    Izzat, taraqi and most importantly "barkat" sirf jaiz tareekay say kamany me hai


  17. بستنی (wasiq) on July 11th, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    @SwERveUT…..the fake one or should I say the carved one look almost like the real one from this distance….Iam sure of it…on the otherhand….the peculiar way of the accompanying Batman in the truck….removes the doubt…and even tells where its heading….thanks for trying…

    However if they display afterwards that they killed an endangered animal with pride, that is a cause for shame.

    Iam not sure about all of them but the one I know did not bring any dead or alive indian…..dead would be ok with us….but if he had brought an alive indian….his mother would have killed her before us finding out……

    woh shikari kya shikari
    jo nash ay main na rahey….



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