ridiculous!!??

A couple of days back, i got pulled over by the sindh police for the *most* ridiculous reason EVER!

me: koi masla hai janab?
him: license and registration dikhao.
me: sure *handing it over*
*inspecting and then after asking for the usual information*
him: tumhara chalaan hoga
me: kyon?
him: tumhare seat covers buhut kaalay hain! andar nazar nahi aata! (Your car seat covers are TOO black, makes ur interior dark).
(Note: i dont even have tinted windows).

aarrgghhh!!!

Thankfully, i got freed in just 40 bucks, but still, this just goes to prove that all they need is money, and even in the month of ramadhan, they’re not willing to let it go.

27 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Yaar why did you pay up ?? This is not a reason fpr a challan… I am sure they might have gone sweet and asked you: “Sir EID aanay wali hai kuch bachchon ke kapraaay bananay hain”… right?


  2. ny (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    hahahah one more reason why we love it out here!!!

    40 Ruppees to the “Man in White” fund.


  3. Imran (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    you should have said keh challan karo … and they have that book which they BY LAW have to show you on what charges you are been fined … and i am pretty sure that there would be no reason for black interior .. matter of fact its up to me whether i want red leather seat covers with yellow polka dots :D … (not that i have) …


  4. shakil (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    I gave them bribery only once. But after that I never gave them anyting. I always plainly say to them that bribery is forbidden in Islam (or that there is no reason for them to catch me).

    One just has to wait for them to get away because time is the key.


  5. xamran (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!!!!


  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

    Looser. I would havev never paid a singlebuck (hopefully). waisa kabhi chalan howa nahi thank God ;)


  7. Asad (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    Year 1998
    Place Few blocks from my house
    Time 8 pm
    Occasion Eid Day

    Me: kia huaa sir
    Policemen (7 of them on mobile). Oyee Sharab pee kar aa raha hai
    Me: No sir. Just had a paan. I dont drink
    Policemen: Moon sungha (comes right on my face and I was about to passout with the bad smell of his breath).
    Policeman: Jhoot bolta hai. Sharab pee hai toonay.
    Me: No words
    Policemen: Kitnee Eidi milee hai tujhai. Checks out my front pocket.
    Chal mobile mai bhait.
    Me: Sir sorry. Maaf kardai. Mai nai sharaab nahee pee.My father is an army colonel ( a lie)
    Policemen: Acha chal kia yaad karay ga..Takes away all my eidi and rush back on the mobile and sped away.

    Solutions.

    Fire all the policemen from their job. Recruit new ones based on merit. Must be residents of that city for last 10 years or so. Only then they will care for their people.


  8. yo yo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

    Mansoor why did you pay up…Ws it night time..or there was a group of traffic police guys. Iyes then you did the right thing. But if you see a lone police guy ask him questions instead of paying up. They melt down easily and let you go for free.


  9. SWA (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    Justice is COMPLETELY absent from our society. And who does the mullah in the mosque or the maulana in the National Assembly target? USA.


  10. Da-Man (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    You should have said “kaaley chushmay pain kur dekhain, sub kaala nazar aa jae ga”!

    Happened to me right outside the airport. Checking for radio licenses. Group of cops and some civvies. Gave a receipt too. I don’t think even one paisa went to the pulic exchequer. All the reciepts were probably jaali.


  11. danny (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

    Mansoor I have to agree with the others who said you shouldn’t have paid up. By doing so you only encourage them to do more of this in the future. If we put our foot down and flat out refuse they’ll realize that we’re not all pushovers.


  12. Danish (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 12:32 am

    Man I guess in a country like Pakistan, paying money is a much better way to save your butt, rather than seeking justice. Mansoor, I think you actually made the wise choice, confronting them could’ve landed you in more trouble.


  13. Jamash (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 1:32 am

    Lols .. I police is pathetic.
    you should have taken 40 from them :P


  14. mansoor (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    guys, i paid up because it was 5 PM, iftar time was near :p it was the first roza.. and i was totally *not* in the mood of behs-o-fying that dat guy

    plus, it was a full mobile too.. the fact i got away with just 40 seemed pretty good @ the time :p


  15. SWA (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 2:59 am

    Remember:
    “Rishwat denay waala or Rishwat leinay waala dono jahunnumy hein.”

    I think either that is a Hadith or a verse from the Quran. And since you succmbed to giving the rishwat, you are equally guilty.


  16. Captain's Log (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    SWA that is Hadith but muslims are allowed when there is a risk for their life or there is no other way possible.


  17. umar (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    omg… i my car also have a black interior


  18. SWA (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    @ Captain’s Log: The plight of Islam is that we Muslims look for all sorts of shortcuts. Apart from women who we like to confine to our houses, everything else is allowed in some form or the other. No wonder no Islamic society is a completely just and equal society these days.


  19. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    Police – Traffic police is one point less zalyl then black & khaki, however they Traffic walas do deserve some sympathy and respect on reciprocal basis. Least from people who are participating here, writing and reading.

    I seldom get stopped, for an offence. else talking on cell phone, while driving.

    however whenever I feel like (twice a week minimum) in day time i always stop close to a traffic cop and offer him atleast 2 glasses of water from my ORS filled thermos. ORS daily helps me fight the loss of electrolyte in perspiration.

    Guys – they are also humans who perform in open sun without drinking water for hours. Those of us who keep water in our cars along, offer them a glass of water if you can manage to stop. If you get stopped for some reason offer them water then try and resolve the issue. I can bet, everything will be setteled within 50 bucks ! and a glass of water.


  20. Concerned (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    @Jamal Shamsi

    What you do is commendable.

    But the point remains that the police is corrupt and if people keep giving them money like our friend did and keep coming here to cry about it, we wont solve anything.

    Have some guts people. Have some guts.


  21. mansoor (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 1:42 am

    jamal: good point.. i dont really dispise them.. but sometimes.. they’re just TOO damn irritating :p


  22. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    hats off for you jamal… i feel sorry for those cops working in harsh conditions… and top of it all nobody wants to listen to them….


  23. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    tht’s y i don’t drive in this country !


  24. I-HATE-BURGER-BACCHAY (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    >>>Justice is COMPLETELY absent from our society. And who does the mullah in the mosque or the maulana in the National Assembly target? USA.

    Accha bhai why just target the Maulana Sahab? This is a problem all throughout Pakistan. Blame someone else for the problem. Benazir blames General. General blames Taliban. Taliban blame USA.

    I think having a holistic discussion on why this occurs is more valuable than pointing fingers :)

    Here is my belief

    1. I believe BURGER classism in Karachi denigrates the role of the public servant, religious leader, and average labourer

    2. When said people who constitute majority of the population are not respected and have little control over their lives other than the whims of the BURGER wallas, this results in defensiveness

    3. Defensiveness blossoms into denial and eventually blaming others for our problems

    4. This is compounded by the fact that people in America and the “West” are causing many problems for us for reasons of imperialism, egoism, machoism, and other values heralded by European gentry.

    5. Hence the blame game continues. No progress is made.

    My solution

    1. Pay police officers well and ensure they are treated in a meritocracy. Give them the facility to enforce real traffic violations regardless of the class of the individual.

    2. Ensure the legal process is smooth and effective in dealing with traffic violations. Offer easy to understand guides to resolve any outstanding fines and ensure an automated process to speed the turn-around time.

    I hope my suggestions are good. ALLAH SUBHANA WAT ALLA KNOWS BEST.


  25. mansoor (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    kind of agree with suggestion above of paying poliecmen higher.

    Not only policemen, but other functionaries as well, they’ve been given the power of kings, and the payscales of paupers.. its no wonder corruption rules in our society.


  26. mansoor (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    kind of agree with suggestion above of paying poliecmen higher.

    Not only policemen, but other functionaries as well, they’ve been given the power of kings, and the payscales of paupers.. its no wonder corruption rules in our society.


  27. iMzai (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    Well, i dont know wht u shulda have or shuldnt have dun, id pay the guy,reverse n run him ova, rob him off, n have a goodnites sleep….zzzzz



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