The spirit lives on…

These days, a lot of what we hear in the media, particuarly on some independent news channels both on radio and TV, is that there is a a lot of persistent lack of sensitivity in people and that the government is doing nothing but bad.

An incident id like to cite here took place on my drive to work on August 29 at about 8.15am on Shahrah e faisal.

While waiting at the PAF Faisal signal, I saw an ambulance with its beacons flashing onne car behind me, while I had 2 cars infront of me All of us in the extreme right lane.

I was looking at the car right next to me, hoping to move my car in the central lane in order to allow the ambulance to pass, but naturally, this could only happen oncce the signal turned to green.

Even before the signal hit green, the car in the front took off and as the signal hit green, everyone started moving. All cars were accelerating with very little space between them.

The driver in the car directly infront me somehow wanted to move to the central lane, and he managed to do so by literally sliding into the central lane, and back out, with only a couple of inches to spare. The car in the central lane pulled back slightly and allowed him to slide in.

It was now my turn, at 70+km/h, as i passed the car that had just slid into the central lane, i saw the driver beckoning me to move in. For a moment I was shocked, the other person might be a racer, but i surely am not one.

The car behind me was closing in, so was the ambulance. For some strange reason, no-one in the central lane was giving way.

I just passed the car that was initially infront of me, and noticed that he was flashing his headlights to the person ahead of him, while he noticably reduced his own speed, to create a gap between him and the car infront of him. Within seconds, the gap was large enough for my car to slide in.

I moved in, and followed suit creating a gap for the car that was behind me, which in turn allowed the ambulance to pass through.

All this, in under 1 minute. By the time we hit the Karsaz signal, the ambulance was nowhere in sight and we could only hope that it had reached the hospital in time.

The purpose of this post: When things start looking bad, and one smimply has to think positive. Procrastination doesnt really help.

When no one in the central lane was making way, this one person infront of me was determined to help. Determined to make a difference.

My travel to work and back is long, and almost every second or third day, I see people giving way to ambulances and fire engines in moving traffic. This particular incident deserved a special mention because someone created a means to help someone in need.

The tragic disaster of October 8, brought the whole (well, a great deal of it) nation selflessly together, with some people here and there trying to make a quick buck. From what I saw first hand, was the spirit of Karachi, on an unending drive to help their fellow countrymen.

Im certain that there atleaset an equal level, if not more, of enthusiasm in other parts of the country too.

Even today, the spirit lives on.

8 Comments so far

  1. umar (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    in most western countries, there is a law that if an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind, you have to pull over to the side immediately and don’t move until the emergency vehicle passes you. I have seen quite opposite happening here. People come in the way of ambulances on purpose.

  2. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    True Imtiaz! I hate those b*stards who do not give way to an ambulance! Once there was a f**ker who was talking on a mobile and the poor ambulance was behind him. It all happens yaar!

    But I can see now a days, people actually make way for ambulances. I think some have realized its their responsibility to help!

    warna BAMBOO is ready..

  3. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    Umar, they need a big bamboo…

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    the general spirit of this city (and country) is very benevolent. I usually see people making way for ambulances, and even myself make it a point to let an ambulance pass me whenever on the road.

    Inspirex: your forgot the thursday rains incident my dear :p that was too when the spirit of general helpfulness (aprt from phone snatchings) was seen everywhere.

  5. Kashif-x (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    As a followup story, last Sunday i was in Bhurban, i had just left my hotel to go to the ISB airport.
    We were stopped just a mile ahead of our hotel and told that we could not go thru for and hour as Mr. General Parvez Musharaf is comming to inagurate the Sui Gas pipeline in Muree. Behind me was a car in which the people were trying to get an old man to the hospital as he was suffering a heart attatck then and there.

    The policemen did not bulge even as the man was dying, his answer was “Idher to mei rok raha hoon, agay puir faug hai, koi agay nahi janay dega”

    Finally the road opened and we went out way. I still wonder if the man survived or died on the road there.

    That was the day i lost respect for the Mr. General, so many people have to die everyday just because our ministers and president have to pass ‘easily’ and ‘smoothly’.

  6. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

    so many people have to die everyday just because our ministers and president have to pass ‘easily’ and ‘smoothly’.

    There is a huge gap between rulers & citizens here! this is why they don’t know what is wrong in the system. Had they been travelling on the road during normal days the traffic system of our coutnry could have been perfected decades ago.

  7. KhiPitt (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 6:07 am

    My suggestion for the General is please use the helicopter (for safety reason also) to go anywhere he wants so that the ppl dont have to suffer on the road.

  8. Suhail (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    “”That was the day i lost respect for the Mr. General, so many people have to die everyday just because our ministers and president have to pass ‘easily’ and ‘smoothly’.””

    Dear Kashif… i am sure its not just for easily and smoothly…actually its not his fault, he has said many times that the traffic shall not be stopped for him , more than 10 minutes. the thing is in the current situation its not possible for his sercurity guards to obey him, its too risky, as two times he had a narrow escape. helicopter is surely not safe enough.
    yes, in the islamic history , the rulers were very down to earth, but also Please do not forget that we have lost our 2nd caliph of islam because of security was not adequate.
    the thing which makes me angry is that Muree is quite a populated area, and yet they have to bring a heart patient to islamabad..and on the other side we have so many doctors looking for jobs…anyway thats an other thing..
    just think for a while , if due to poor security God forbids something bad happens, just imagine for a while? how many head of states can we afford to loose like this…
    things will take too long to improve… i am afraid

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