Two days ago I was getting out of a Taxi on a main road and I took about five minutes in counting my change. Suddenly there was a policeman outside asking me if everything is ok. I was shocked and startled. He explained that I took too long and they wanted to find out if everything was fine.

I have never felt so safe due to police control in Karachi.

Maybe this is a glimpse of better times to come.

6 Comments so far

  1. saba (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2005 @ 11:23 pm

    OMG, the same thing happened to me too a few days ago, shocking me completely out of my wits at the efficiency of the police. A policeman had a rickshaw wala I was arguing with (over the high fare he was quoting) hauled in to check his registration papers and when I said he didn’t have to do that, the officer replied that this was the way they would deal with things now.

    What is happening? :s

  2. misha (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 12:00 am

    Good god, it’s like the twilight zone!

    But then just this morning two policewallas walked by muttering “mashallah”s so I’m reassured the world isn’t coming to an end just yet.

  3. insiya (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 11:59 am

    I might completely ruin the taste but the truth must be told…

    … I am taking tutions along with 2 other friends. Last Saturday at around 10 at night my friend’s Dad came to pick us up but couldnt find a parking so he was standing a lil far but still in our eye-view. We started walking towards the car when a Police Car turned into the lane. I had a bad gut feeling so I told my friends to look down and walk fast. Just as the Police Car came next to us a Police Man took his head out of the window and said, “Kaheen Chalain Gee?” (Would you like to go someplace?)

    I was completely shocked. As we kept moving away from them they kept reversing the car not knowing that we have our ride already waiting. We got in the car and they sped away.

    I am just mad at ourself for not noting the number plate.


  4. Syed (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

    Here is my personal experience with a Karachi Cop when I was there about 7 years ago…
    A police walla stopped me, I was about 18, had no licence and no papers… he did not bother to ask me about them, just want me to drive him out of the troubled neighborhood… I had a choice to make.. either end up in Thaaana and end up paying chai paani to come out, or just go with the flow and take risk of getting shot at.. hehe I choose the 2nd option.
    The ride was getting longer and longer as he was not in mood of leaving Raani (my bike)…we stopped at a fruit vendor and he snatched some “free fruits” to reward me. I was exhausted by that so I played that something is wrong with my bike and stopped in the middle of the road. Requested him to give a dhaka start…Poor police wala fall into that…after the good enjoyable dhaka, I start my bike and did not look back..hahah I could only hear the screams and “Oh Rukk Oaaay”..:-)
    Well in very minimal income of police and lack of morals in our society, we cannot expect them to be angels anyway…

  5. Sarwar (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    LOL. That was a great story.

    Let me tell you about one of my experiences with a puls.

    Years ago when I was in Karachi in my late teens I was going home to and had to stop at the Metropole Hotel traffic light. There was a VIP (no VVIP in those days) going to the Governors house and they had pols lined up on both sides of the street. One of them decided to make some money and caught me. Just as he was threatening me, the VIP motorcade came. He left me and went back to his post.

    I got back on my bike, quickly crossed over to the other side of the street when the motorcade was gone. By now traffic had begun to flow. I got off the bike and shouted “OOAAY TERI BLAH BLAH BLAH.” He looked at me from across the street, heard the first abuse and then quickly turned his head pretending not to notice. That did not stop me as I let him have it in Urdu, Punjabi, Seraiki etc.

    Went home with a song in my heart.


  6. Kaash (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    For Karachi policewalay
    Kuttay, Kammenay n Zallel

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