Police Shmolice


A VVVIP is due to visit town today. I have no clue who it is, but the presence of fifteen different policeforce members standing at every intersection and roundabout, and all over Shahrah-e-Faisal are confirmation of the fact that we Karachittes are going to be stuck in traffic jams all day today. What is extremely irritating is that they’re only there to ensure the VVVIP’s security and smooth sailing towards his/her destination. Of course, the ten members of the traffic police standing at the SMCHS roundabout today could not do anything to control the traffic jam, but were standing at attention with their walkie-talkies. This is what we’re paying taxes for – so that some VVVIP can whiz by, and be impressed at how smooth the flow of traffic is and how efficient the police is.

P.S.: Please make sure before leaving your office/university/home that the roads are open. Call all your friends and acquaintances who might’ve passed by the route you’re taking earlier in the day to ensure that you don’t get stuck in a horrible traffic jam, without any water or food. Which reminds me, take some crisps and a bottle of water just to be on the safe side.

4 Comments so far

  1. Zubair (unregistered) on March 28th, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

    Huma, it’s not the traffic police’s fault that they have to clear up the traffic for the vvips! It out corrupt system.

    Having said that, I for one appreciate the karachi traffic police a lot. Given the constraints of roads and increasing number of vehicles, they are doing a marvelous job. Living in Karachi for 4 years now and driving everywhere around, I’ve seldom had any ugly encounter with them (but yes, there are black sheeps everywhere, including this deptt. too). We never paid them any due respect which they long deserve from us now. Critism only helps when it is positive.

  2. A. Malik (unregistered) on June 8th, 2005 @ 3:29 pm

    With all the due respect to the above writer, I totally agree with his suggestions that they “The Policemen” should get respected but in my opinion they need to earn the publics respect, there is a difference between “should get” and “deserve”.

    Now let me try to explain the difference:

    Should Get: The police is a respectable profession and authority and ìShould be respectedî by the public.

    Deserve: When you do something either good or bad you deserve to get awarded accordingly.

    I have came back to Pakistan after a gap of almost 15 years, have seen and noticed lots of changes here, which are by the way in a positive direction, but it is very unfortunate to say the police have not changed a bit, they are same old even worst than what they use to be and in my opinion about 20 or 25 years ago there use to be some respect of the police but since than they have even lost that respect. There is only fear left in the public and it is not even a fear of the policemen but it is the fear of the ìinconvenienceî which public has to face by getting ticketed. I commute to work every day from N. Nazimabad to DHA, it is about 18 Km and it takes 40 to 45 minutes ( which is sense less) and I can assure you and prove you with pictures that every day occurrences of these ìPOLICEMENî efficiencies and effectiveness. They are the biggest problem to Karachi traffic, no buddy cares about these police men while they are breaking the law, because they know that they will not be noticed by these police men since these policemen are only looking to make extort money from people. People most often talk about that it is Governmentís duty to get every thing straightened out well in my opinion Government has done its job by employing these ìHud-haramsî who only look for weeks to pressure them in giving them bribes.

    Again with due apologies I would like to know if you call the current state of Karachi traffic as every thing ìhunky doryî than my friend unfortunately you are a part of the same jungle where every one is behaving the same way like if there is no Law and Order. Today I was at a red light and there was a bus right behind me and the driver had his hand on the horn and wanted me to run the red light as the others were doing even the conductor came to me and asked me to move since every one else was doing the same, I totally refused to do so and he was pretty upset at my reaction now please tell me who was right, if I was wrong than I donít have any right to drive in Karachi.

    These ìPolicemenî when they put their uniform on they have only one thing in there mind and they see only Rs. And only Rs., coming their way. I would not blame the public as much I have blamed the Police because it is the policemen who should make the driving public follow the law. Also the drivers on the roads of Karachi are pathetic specially the motorcyclist, if you are at a stop light and even a lot before the light turns back to green these motorcyclists would start going forward like cockroaches, if you donít believe me just try to lift a gutterís lid in the back of your house you will realize what I am talking about. No buddy here like or wants to be civilized there is no patience among the public on the road as if every one is riding or driving an ambulance and have someone dying in there. Please try to understand that it is not some one else how is at loss here itís you because not only you will be hurt but you will be the cause of otherís harm also.

    Again with all the due respect thatís how I feel since I have come back to Karachi, and I would like to apologies if I have hurt anyone feelings because if things doesnít change here than I would never want my kids to face this absolute nonsense of the society.

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 8th, 2005 @ 11:35 pm

    I totally agree with A. Malik – The total system in Karachi has been corrupted. I am at times totally confused and sometimes surprised by the total lack of courtesy shown by drivers, motorcyclists, not to say anything about pedesterians – who instead of crossing the road in big leaps just stroll down the busy road as if they are the VVVIPs and the everyone is suppose to stop for them.

    Our society is just getting worse by the day. And the most comical thing to me is that almost everyone will blame everyone else, even HIM and will completely overlook their own actions and deeds.

  4. A. Malik (unregistered) on June 13th, 2005 @ 12:28 pm

    Thanks Arsalaan for agreeing with me but let me put couple of words in your comments, it is not the system which has been adopted by the populous (The peace keepers included) is corrupt not the system which was designed to control the traffic and law and order my grip is that every one blames the system but in my opinion no buddy has ever tried to follow the system which was made to be followed.

    Thanks and Regards, one of my wishes is to form advocacy group who can gather these facts of law abuses not only by the Police but the people also and simultaneously send them to directly to all the relevant authorities starting from the President of Pakistan and the officers in charge of there respective areas.

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