suicide road crossers

While the world is worrying about suicide bombers, I am more worried about ladies covered from head to toe in black hijaab/burqa/abaya and crossing the roads full of fast moving traffic. They are either totally fed up of their lives, or they somehow believe that they are being protected by the holy angel and no fast moving car could harm them. Today on my way home from work, just after the Nersery signal on SF, a lady in black was standing in the middle of the center lane, and I was cruisng at a speed of 70. For a moment I was convinced I was going to hit her because there was no way I could have stopped. But then something happened and I managed to steer my car on the right lane and saved her. When I saw in the rear view mirror, the drivers coming behind me were also going through the same experience. In the end she was successful in crossing the road, but that one lady played havoc with the traffic on shahrah-e-faisal. And she didn’t get hit in the process. Maybe she WAS being protected by supernatural forces. The worst thing is, if someone did hit her, it’s going to be the driver’s fault.

Man, that was some adventure. I can still feel my heart beating at full speed.

8 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 2:47 am

    Its stunning how casually they try to cross the street, especially at night and somehow they choose a few darkest sections of SF to do the stroll across the highway. Once near about midnight (Near Lal kothhi /Dunkin Donuts) I too was lucky to have missed a gang load of Black Burqas crossing the street.

    Can you imagine trying to have 30 or so odd women crossing the street in unison well it turned out to be a confusing mess of Burqa clad women. Poorly timing their attempt to cross it was a disaster, half of the people staying back, half running across and a few stunned burqas confused in the center. On a wide open SF at midnight I was doing 90+ compounding the decreased visibility I realized quite late of the disaster in the making so had to brake like hell and infact was so late in the process that my car actually did not stop until I had crossed the human line. I faintly recall a few women somehow missing the car at the very last moment. Stunned at how I had missed hitting anyone I was instantly swarmed by the Black clad women YELLING at me – telling me how to drive etc, for a few moments I tired my best to tell them I was going at normal speed but their black camouflage and slow walk is more to blame. But it seemed like my arguing was not going to achieve anything so I sped away to later offer my nafil prayers, it was too close for comfort for me. To Date I thank Allah to have his gentle hand on me that day as I was almost sure it was couple suicide crossers comfortably settled in heaven

    Drive slow and keep your eyes peeled espcially for the black-belt Burqas on Shahrai Faisal

  2. Omer (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 6:14 pm

    I found it hard to do 70-80 on SF in 1995 when I lived there, so how come you are driving so fast on a road that has to be more congested now..??!!

    In general it cuts both ways. drivers and pedestrians are both to blame.

    There is no education in Karachi for Traffic management. We can’t blame just the pedestrians. In my mohalla in Gulshan where my parents live they built all these schools in a residential area. People drive at 60+ in neighbourhood streets. Way back in the early 90s when I still used to live with them one lady slammed in to us from the passenger side just becuase of that and then she weazeled her way out of it.

    Authorities can’t control everything. In the US the people became so used to the discipline of driving that in 2003 when there was the “great power outage of the US and Canada” in my area in Ann Arbor MI, I was expecting total choas, but to my surprise everyone was driving as if each traffic light had been replaced by “stop” signs. Not only the signs were make believe, the traffic cops were also make believe (none on site) and there were no “accidents”. Come on,.. some one has to educate the Paki people (Karachites to start with – it is the biggest city of Pakistan).

  3. sasha (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 10:28 pm

    maybe not karachi, but every time i drive in kashmir and then i come back to the uk i end up slowing down at green signs and red signs just in case someone zomms out of nowhere.

    the fact that i am accident prone (i shall say this before abbas and hafsa do) is another matter :|


  4. Faisal (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 2:01 am

    I have my office on SF (Citibank wali building). We see accidents almost daily, if not 2-3 times a day. Cars hitting pedestrians (or jaywalkers I should say) happens about 1-2 times a week. In a month – 2-3 people die. It is such a scary thing to experience, the screeching of tyres and the fait thud sound and you KNOW someone’s got hit bad … then you inch towards the window to take a look. It totally messes with your mind.

  5. hafsa (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 5:04 am

    try pathans(no racial offence) too. once i missed an old man by a millimeter…infact his kameez touched my car. my friend turned back and saw him stand in front of a mini-bus, his hand spread out. phew. still gives me the creeps.

  6. Zag (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    Omer: You couldn’t do 70-80 Kph in 1995??? What are you kidding me?? I regularly touch 100 even now…. infact most ppl do..

    as for the black burqas, its not just the black burqas and its not just SF…. its almost all over the karachi. What we need are a few more zebra crossings like the one in front of Aga Khan hospital and a few more pedestrian bridges (are there any over SF?)

  7. sasha (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 6:54 pm

    the dust would obliterate the black and white markings within days…

    sorry to be negative. aisehi mood hei :|

  8. FurSid (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 5:29 pm

    It’s true that there isn’t any trafic rules awareness at both ends, padestrians and drivers. Really cant blame anybody abt it.

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