Whos fault?

KARACHI, Aug 4: Two persons were crushed when a container being transported on a lorry fell on their car at Qayumabad intersection on Friday. Among the dead was the son of former Jamshed town nazim, police said.

Quoting the statement of eyewitnesses, police said that a container which was being transported on a trailer fell on the car (AGX-019) at Qayumabad intersection resulting in the death of Amir Parekh, 35, and his driver. Their bodies were shifted to the Jinnah hospital for legal formalities.

Police employed cranes to remove the container from the car which was almost flattened in the accident. Police said that driver of the long-vehicle escaped following the accident.

Whos fault is it? Bumby roads *courtesy of CDGK*? Overloaded containers *transport mafia*? reckless driving *truck driver*? or the fact that such culprits almost always get away with such crimes?


Update: The guy was talking to his daughter on the phone and imagine what would have gone through his daughters mind when she heard his dad screaming in pain. She was the one to inform the rest of the family of the mishap. Must have been tough.

Inna Lillah Hi Wa Inna Elehi Rajioon.

18 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 10:22 am

    worst of all is any thing done about it

    it could have been any one, it just murder,
    if u ask me, the driver was at fault, he should have known that the truck was over loaded
    or overloaded for the streets

  2. Inspirex (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    By the way…..
    has anyone noticed that hardly any of the containers being transported in Karachi are fastened to the trailers base?
    some truck drivers are nice enough to tie a rope, but how does that rope hold against the few tons of weight in the container?

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    last night, while coming baq home.. i saw this MANIAC truck driver…. driving a LARGE container truck on mai kolachi.. and was zigzagging all over the road! It was terrifying to see it doing that!

  4. Karachiite (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    Sad, very sad indeed. Infact I have witnessed several years ago a horrific accident on the Hub Chowki Road when a container trailer driver slammed on his brakes and the container went forward and split the cab of the trailer (including the driver) in two pieces and landed on the road ahead of the trailer. These drivers are at risk themselves yet they dont realize.

  5. Zain (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    There is no way a rope can hold a loaded container. And yes from more than a million container roam across the country, hardly 5% are fastened to the trailer base.

    Fixing this would be a tough call but not impossible, how?? I am not so sure about truck drivers but I know for sure that we should play our part. We, citizens can’t do anything about educating the truck/trailer drivers but if we take this up with the shipping companies to ensure all health and safety measures are followed then this would never happen. I mean why these shipping companies do not make sure that their containers are fastened to the trailer base.

    This is just a simple basic health and safety measure! Why don’t they follow it? They have to!! Come on, two persons died and this is not the first time someone has died because of this!

    There is no way the driver can escape away, shipping companies have all the records!

    I suggest we send an open letter/request to all shipping companies to ensure basic safety/health measures are followed.


  6. anon_khi (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    This has always been one of my nightmares. If I find myself next to a truck carrying a container, I either speed up or slow down. I am scared.

    Other then fastening the containers, the roads these travel on need to be improved. All the potholes in the roads are invitations to the trucks carrying the containers for a disaster. And sadly my nightmare has now come true.

  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Firstly we naturally offer condolences to the Parekh family (they are my neighbours). It is a tragic loss to loose the eldest son of the family.

    Literally they can blame everyone yet on the other hand cannot as it is like yelling onto deaf ears, as no one will listen. This is the third such accident I have heard and in the situations it was like wiping out the entire family of five in the car.

    A few days back Umar made a post A Truckers Perspective that can shed light on the conditions INSIDE the truck, its usually a rickety old truck more of a dangerous hazard on the streets.

    Who do we complain to when even CDGK cant stop those old buses and rickshaws from driving around. Its a huge Mafia which can bring the entire city to a grinding halt simply in protest

  8. MB (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    ZAIN :
    The companies are not run by kids. They know very well what are the safety precautions that they should take but again our same mentality comes into play which exists everywhere. Had they given any value to human life they needed no advice.

  9. MB (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    ZAIN :
    The companies are not run by kids. They know very well what are the safety precautions that they should take but again our same mentality comes into play which exists everywhere. Had they given any value to human life they needed no advice.

  10. Zain (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 1:53 pm


    No company is run by kids! And what is this remark waisey “kids”.. %^&%

    It is just ignorance and specially in a country like PK. Trust me I know them better! All they do is to make money that is it!

  11. yo yo (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    I agree the Loads should be fastened. but Containers falling off the trucks have been very rare as compared to other road accidents. Generally truck drivers are more responsible drivers as they are answerable to their clients. Law and order is the basic first step thats needed in almost all karachi problem.

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    Ina lil’lah-e-wa ina ilhae ra’ajioon

    The concerned company should be booked for this.

  13. Sooban (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

    my condolences to the Parekh family

  14. Jamash (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    It just takes a few bolts to fasten a container to the truck, just a few bolts could have saved these lives.. So sad that we so often ignore such safety precautions.

    My condolences to the family of victims.

  15. Darthvader (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 6:51 am

    my condolences and prayers for the deceased and their families.

  16. Mariam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    Yup, as others said, it is the law enforcement agencies duty to safe guard citizens and such case falls in to this. I wonder how people sleep at night after commiting such crimes.

  17. AHMED PAREKH (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 3:32 pm


    Mr. Aamir Parekh and his driver died, when container fell on their car at Korangi Road. To Stop repetition of such tragic incident, request is being made to road users, who manage to collect information from their overseas contacts(Principals, Customers – Importers – Chambers – NGOs – Foreign missions – etc)about transportation of containers on road of foreign countries. Pls forward info. to following email address ahmedparekh@cyber.net.pk for isal-e-sawab of Mr. Aamir Parekh & Muhammad Hanif Driver.
    Pls note as per international survey in 2001, death due to road accidents were as under:
    Worldwide 4127
    Pakistan 2170
    India 443
    China 227
    Karachi 720 (as per TEB) 2 persons per day

    Father of Aamir Parekh
    Ahmed Parekh
    40-B SMCHS

  18. Zahid Ali Khan (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 12:49 am

    No individual is responsible for this murder of Amir Parekh and driver Hanif , this whole stupid nation is responsible of this crime. On the 59th independence day of this country train service is disengaged between Lahore and Karachi for last 15 days, can you imagine it !…………… this nation of 150 million STUPIDS bearing corrupt, dictators , generals, and politicians for last 60 years, do you think anybody else is responsible for this kind of crimes? When people will come out of their so called safe heavens and through this corrupt mafia of generals, dictators and civil servents ?, if not, do they think they or their beloved ones will be safe in their luxury cars and homes.

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