“Tum jaante ho mein kaun hoon” syndrome

Reading through an article in The News citing CCPO Niaz Ahmed Siddiqi (anyone know what is CCPO??) that traffic police in karachi would get technological support, the last two lines made the think about a very pervasive issue in our society.

Differential treatment by the traffic police officials of official vehicles, and the subsequent misuse of this treatment by the drivers and families of officials allotted those cars.

He asked the traffic police to ensure that all the vehicles must observe traffic rules, be it an official vehicle and even the police vehicle

A closer look at this issue tells us, that not only the traffic police must ensure this, but also people driving these cars. It can happen in Islamabad, why cant here.

Can we really get rid of the “Tum jaante ho mein kaun hoon” syndrome in people? Any suggestions?

16 Comments so far

  1. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    CCPO = Capital City Police Officer, making him the equivalent of city police chief, the capital city in question being the provincial capital, Karachi.

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    The Interior Ministry has placed a ban on personalized number plates, reason being, traffic police unable to comprehend the numbers in case of accident or traffic violations.

    Prior to any ‘technological’ advancements, traffic police should be educated and taught some common sense.

  3. Bamboo Guy (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Ghanta mera, kuch nahi hoga…

  4. Omaer (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Might is right….
    No one can lay a finger on these B**tards…

    Recently, have you noticed how the Government official’s cars are getting bigger, newer and more & more exorbitant…

    And whats the deal with these tints, its allowed / not allowed / make up your mind guys….

  5. tee (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    there is a letter in todays Dawn, the person narrated an incident whereby a bus full of passengers on the karach-hyderabad route was held hostage at a police station just because the conductor asked a ‘police wala’ for the fare. its a classic example of the ‘tum jaantey ho mai kaun hun’ syndrome in our higher ups.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    xil: thanks

    omaer: i swear! somebody come up with a solution!! puh-leaze!!!! whenever i think its safe to get tints, i see someone pulled over for having em :S i’ve already been fined about a grand for them! in no mood for paying more..

    tee: damn :S

  7. Adnan (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:37 pm


    ye kia larkion wali adatain hain tum mey?.Gosh,puhleeze waghaira waghaira? *grin*

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    adnan!!!!!!! i was wondering where u were man :p KMB is such a quiet place without your bickering ;)

    i know i can always count on u to ‘raise an issue’ ;) you do it almost on cue :D

  9. al khan (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    The only solution to those afflicted with the disease of the “do you know who i am?” syndrome is to tell them exactly who they are – NO ONE.

  10. Adnan (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    Thankyou mansoor.Your love keeps me alive.

    i know i can always count on u to ‘raise an issue’

    Jealous? *grin*

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    adnan: lolzz!! hardly my dear! one hell raiser here is quite enuff :p especially since PPH has decided to ‘pipe down’ and orig-anon is an occasional visitor :p

  12. Adnan (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

    Again I thankyou Mansoor that you put me ,pph and OA in same slot.It didn’t hurt me at all but do ask them that whether they are happy with your grading or not.I loved this term ‘hell-raiser’.I was expecting another girlish remark like ‘Hai meri jooti’ from your side but you have made a good move.Keep it up! :>

    p.s:By the way its fun to pull your leg.Did you check the *grin* sign before replying me?

  13. Adnan (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 9:24 pm

    mansoor now this isnt fair.You are moderating this thread now ;/

  14. Omaer (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    Mansoor @ I am making do with removable tints, you know the kapra walas… the moment you see a tulla, commado action! tints gone :)

    And then you see those kids roaming around in their cosmetically charged vehicles with even the Windscreen tinted… “I guess that is also where the “tum jaante ho mein kaun” syndrome…

  15. mansoor (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    adnan: oh come on man :p you’ve been going on n on about moderating when we’ve repeatedly told u why that happens :p lolzzz!

    ofcourse i did look @ da grin :p

  16. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

    As long as you have a big car.. its all good .. you can get away with the tints.. i have limo tints on both my cars and its been over a year =D

    About the police thingi, well im in isb at the moment and these guys sure are good
    they even have the radars that work at nite and they dont let go of any opportunity to give you a fine..

    the best thing they do is if you are a govt. official or army officer and you tell them that, ur fine is doubled =D

    i believe its all about backing the department.. these guys have a really strong SSP and he doesnt give rats ass about anyone..

    For god sake.. we dont want this in karachi.. seriosly.. take my word on it.. its not fun.. they have a speed limit of 60 on major roads

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