National Road Safety Conference

kmbnrsc9bNational Road Safety Conference held at the Aga Khan University Auditorium, in collaboration with Aga Khan University and Sindh Education Foundation supported by Toyota and shell on the 7th of July was a good initiative to raise road safety awareness and highlight the challenges we have ahead to the number of road accidents in the country.

I had planning to cover the event live on a blog but due to unavailability of the internet access and some other technical issues live blogging turned out to be an almost imposable option to go ahead with and I decided to do it the old fashion way.

The event inaugurated by The Federal Minister for Communication, Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan started with an address by the president Aga Khan University Mr. Firoz Rasul. In his address he revealed that in Pakistan approximately 7,000 people died in road accidents in 1999. His address was Followed by The Chief Executive Officer of Shell Pakistan, Zaiviji Ismail’s speach in which he said that Pakistan is one of the countries with the highest number of road accidents in the world.

It was also stated later during the conference that in road accidents 39% fatal injuries were revived by pedestrians, motorbike riders were at 37% while passengers and car drivers were at 14% and 4% respectively, putting the pedestrians on the top of the chart. Most pedestrians were hit by vehicles while crossing roads.

The second half the conference was a bit more exciting, with Faisal Qureshi there to moderate the panelists, including SSP Sindh police; Dr. Aftab Pathan, DIG national highway and motorway police and Mr Aziz Kabani, Director Sindh education foundation. During this whole session a number of smart questions were posed by the audience, and I do think time didn’t justified the session and the answers were cut short or veered off topic and a number of questions weren’t answered properly but only because the time was running short.

Despite all the session managed to raise a number of valid points, the first and the most important one of them was that our police is actually in a very tight place, if they demand a raise in their salaries or in the penalties for road violations the transporters and general public stands against it and they don’t have much support from the top as well so at the point they can pretty much do nothing. Secondly it is clear that our police is really not very well equipped or skilled, they need better tactical training, better equipment better support which is yet not there. A need to highlight these issues and the importance or driving ethics, road safety rules on a regular bases was emphasized upon. Bringing awareness among young children about road safety rules and their importance was also stressed upon.

The conference was a god initiative and such events should become more frequent so we can learn to follow road safety rules and make living and traveling experience for everyone in the country more safe and comfortable.

13 Comments so far

  1. human01 on July 10th, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    Its a good start, at least we are talking about it… two rupee (cents) on this issue would be a suggestion of complete overhaul…..which would be a multi pronged strategy addressing adequate licensing procedure ( that means no DL without formal drivers training), social awareness of traffic rules n regulations (campaigns in schools…can be a good start, electronic media could be very effective as well)…..and the most crutial one would be ruthless unbiased implementation of traffic laws (that means professional, adequately trained traffic police, accountable system)….No matter how hard I try/wish to deny it but in reality we are the nation of ultimate jahils who understand only one language (& we all know what it is).. ….who behave well every where else but in our own country….just because over here we can……this herd mentality of ours needs to be changed….of course by force!!

  2. بستنی (wasiq) on July 10th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    Okay you can clap now…the roof of AKU auditoriam is probably a little stronger than mine….lol

  3. fasee on July 11th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

    Good, now those scumbags wud get trained how to sqeezue our hard earned money out from innocent people who wud be wronged just for crossing red signals, no liscneces or ramming a biker.

    Topi dramay.

    What stops them from controling busses riskhaw pollutants, charsiz,

    Beta jee , training nahee. In khabees logon ki niyaat ka fatoor theek karoo, ya inki ankhoon say lays chips walay janwar ka baal nikalo pehlay

  4. بستنی (wasiq) on July 11th, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

    @fasee sab…..sir aap sey unn ki annual income kitni hai….? kya kabhi aap ki phatphati ko dhak ka laga ney sey mana kardiya tha kya…?

    Btw:lays chips pakistan main bantey hain….think twice !

  5. fasee on July 11th, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    @ wasiq

    "Dhakka laganay say mana"

    Sir hamari phatphati lakhnaow mizaj ki hai… ko dhakka aap laga hi nai saktay….one reason I fear rain, if it wud stop, there is no way to start it except jumper cables…per pakistan me who bother to help anyone stranded….I just kept EVAC service for 1 yr just out of this paranoia.

    " Lays chips pakistan me bantay hain"

    Two holes in the wall…

    1) Does that mean everything prepared in pakistan is halah by default…?? Made in pakistan n halal r interchangable is it sir??

    2) We r a naion of nut n bolt tightners… Whatever is "made" here has all its patrs its n bits imported from yahood o hanood ke mumalik.

    " Personally, I think lays has haramingredients"….I loved it so much I used to buy cartoons of it to eat while I drive….I threw away all of em.

    But personally I think…khanzeer ka bacha thaa bara tastey…:D:D:D

  6. بستنی (wasiq) on July 12th, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    @fasee sab…..sir by the grace of God….Binori town waloun ney Lays chips jo Pakistan main Banta hai ko halal qarar dey diya hai….Hum toh bey fikar ho kay sotey hain….aap ki marzi aap na khao…aap ka nuksan..

  7. fasee on July 12th, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir they have taken back there words..dat it was obtained by deceiving the mullahs.

    So….bottom line…..its still haram

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on July 12th, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

    @fasee sab…sir very confusing…who has taken back their words….?? our shops are selling it openly….there seems to be no such worry or concern….so what’s your problem…?

  9. fasee on July 12th, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir jee, openly to her bridge ke nechay powder bi milta hai….is it halal then..?

    Fatwa of monkies of banoria dat lays refer to says " lays is halal if the comapnay is using hala products as it syas it uses, otherwise its haram"

    Subhanallah, what kind of a mnokey brained fatwa is dat… lays is exploiting it, and jamiya is yelling we didn’t ment what this is making out to be.

    As for shops, salay memon do paisay ke liye kuch bi bechta hai….16 ki aik hu ya 8 , 8 ki do

    Pakistan he bhai, yahan paggri say ley ke chaaddi tak sab bikta hai dost

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on July 13th, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    @fasee sab…Openly under the bridge….sir is an Oxymoron…i believe!

    qudrat ka ajab yeah sitam hai
    Insaan ko raaz jo banaya
    her raaz uss ki ankh sey chupaya

  11. fasee on July 13th, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    @ wasiq


    Sir jee, keeping site bridge in prespective…no its not.

    Waisay u caught me there sir…;)

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on July 13th, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

    @fasee sab….sir kya karoun KD bahut yaad aarahey hain herr waqat unn hee kay barey main sonchta rehta houn…..pardosan ko dekhna bhi kaam kar diya hai….ali ka kunda ho raha hai per kuch khaney ko maan nahein kar raha…

    Mahi yaar de ghardoli bharde
    Aik Allah kano mai der de
    Haq mulla mahi yaar de ….

  13. fasee on July 14th, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    @ wasiq

    Same here dude…..KD uncle ki yaad may kabi kabi unkay marhoom uncle bernard russle ko parh leta hoon.

    Hope he is all fine, going thru procedures, as his surgery was on 20 th july I rememebr.

    Guess his family wud be busy in praying and docotrs busy testing samples and KD testing samples of all kinds of beers, cognac, wines and sodas….so keep ur fingers crossed buddy

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