an open letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I know you are too important, and you are worried about your security. I know you have been attacked once and it can happen again. But taking your security at a level where it becomes inconvenience for general public will only result in loss of respect for you and the government. Trust me, if you didn’t exist at all, it would have made no difference in our lives. As a matter of fact, your existence has proved to be rather annoying. Your visits to Karachi play havoc with the traffic, which is already in chaotic state most of the time. The roads that you pass through are virtually sealed for general public, and commuters have to wait for hours to get to their destinations. The places where they park their vehicles are made inaccessible, and they are forced to park at alternate locations where cars are usually not parked. This gives a chance to your over-efficient police to impound those cars as they never miss an opportunity to make some extra money off the poor citizens. You, on the other hand, Mr. Prime Minister, are making enthusiastic speeches that the country is on its way to prosperity while the people are being ripped off by the police. It seems as if your security is more important than their time and money. If that is the case, then the people of Karachi don’t need you, Mr. Prime Minister. We are busy people and we don’t have the extra time to let your convoy pass through smoothly, neither do we have the extra money to give to the police to have our impounded vehicles back, which were parked near the place your were supposed to go. So, it is my humble request to you, Mr. Prime Minister, that please, do us all a favor and don’t come to Karachi! We are better off without you. If you have to come to Karachi then don’t use the streets. Spend some more money and get yourself a helicopter and land directly at the place where you want to go.

Much love,
Umar

13 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 8:39 pm

    Very well written and true to the point.

    I’ll second that.


  2. Snyprous (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 9:50 pm

    The problem is quite simple …

    The section of population from which our dear ploticians come from is referred to as ‘the elite’.

    They dont care what happens to the average guy on the road. Somehow, they seem to exhibit the Marie Antoinette mentality that led to the French Revolution. “Let them eat cake”, she said :P

    The goverment gives its employees a certain amount of fuel (despite the constant increaments, I am quite sure Mr. Shaukat Aziz doesnt know how it would feel to buy Petrol at Rs. 52/litre since he’s been getting his share the same way as before)

    LOL @ helicopters. I am sure if our dear Prime Minister gets a copter, every other politician will want one too, out of the people’s pockets.


  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

    Bravo Bravo – A very well written letter – You need to forward a copy to the Prime Ministers Secretariat or somehow trackdown his email address and have eveyrone at least on Karachi Metblogs to send him a copy of this letter.


  4. Darwaish (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 11:58 pm

    very appropriate indeed.. can you add “/President” in title please? :0).. ahh we at Lahore suffer even more. We are not lucky as you karachiites coz they visit you once in a while. Both President and Prime Minister visit us more frequently, not that we want them to but there isn’t anything we can do to stop them either.

    Last time I was stuck on kalma chowk, Lahore for more than an hour since Mr. President had to pass .. for bab-e-pakistan opening ceremony on 14th Aug.


  5. mohummed (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 12:09 pm

    I agree that we , the Karachiites are alwasy very busy & we have very less time but if we wait for them to pass away just for their security than thats not a big deal.


  6. atique (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 2:31 pm

    Cheeta…where to go mate!


  7. zeeshan (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

    i would suggest to send a copy
    to http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk


  8. Prime Minister (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

    Dear Country people:

    I read and judge your messages about my unwanted visit to Karachi and the way I cause problems for your routine activities. I totally agree with your comments and views but I was told before taking responsibility of my office that “your security is much concerning than a normal person and that you need be protected from the hidden threats”, I do not my self believe the way policemen do protection for me because most of them are kickback takers but I do not blame them at all because the crisis in our social system built an unbalanced society where the industrialist are earning huge and plicemen are coming with a little bit income thats why they are allowed to get money from public. I would committ that if Karachi comes a place of sober people and they do not fight or threaten for personal things so I would the same day offer my services as a public servant to the people over there but I know karachi people can not sacrifice because they are now like an old class of bourgies where they only think their own profits and do not even care what going up n down, I am pretty sure if you are elected as prime minister so you would follow the same rules that I do. Hence I would suggest rather than forcing on me find solution to change the system at all, I cant do it only by me but its like a body where all the cells are active with particular job allocations, I would never want to see your such comments on my personality but yes I would if there are flaws in the social communilaties. I know I have been suffered alot when I was a student and needed to go home early after school time but I did not raise such a comment to that time prime minister because they the prime minister or president both are again humans driven by a theory adopted from a social mechanism. Honestly speaking we can pass remarks on any ones personality but in the depth the reasons are some thing different, I would love to ride a bicycle still being a prime minister of country but would any one assure my own security as if god forbbid some thing goes wrong who would take care of my family. You need to identify the root cause analysis of crises and than to implement suggestion. I am sure being a responsible person of this office I made you a bit clear but your suggestions are welcomed.

    In the last I would again say – create a moral or social system that better fits the value addtions to people, run this system and implement on societies – prime ministers or presidents are individuals as no use after resignation but the system is intact and forever.

    thanking you
    prime minister


  9. real PM (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 7:22 pm

    The above PM is an impostor. I am the real PM of Pakistan and I agree with Umar. I mean I agree with Omar on the helicopter suggestion. I am buying a subsidised helicopter from the Israeli’s. They told Mr. Kasuri all about it in Istanbul.
    If you have any other suggestions for a helicopter fit for the real PM of Pakistan, feel free to send in brochures and links.
    Also feel free to send in money to buy the helicopter. I have already created a task force to oversee the transparent process of forcible fund amassing. My new image consultants say it should be labelled Roshan Pakistan Helicopter Muhim. It would tell all those foreigners what great strides we have been making. I mean the people of pakistan can not only afford cars in these times of crazy oil price hikes, they can also fund their real PM’s helicopter.


  10. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 4:25 pm

    ok…enough of the PM….what about the president???

    isnt his visit bothering too???


  11. umar (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 11:50 pm

    i never thought the PM would be so weak in grammar.


  12. Khurram (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 12:24 am

    Umar,

    The problem is a valid one, however, I don’t think things would have been the same if the PM did not exist. Things would have been worse.

    For decades Karachi has been neglected not only by the government but also by it’s residents. I think if other things were better this problem would not have bothered us as much.


  13. Zain (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 11:58 am

    Umar, well done man. i was laughing like hell while reading……



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