with great power…

comes great responsibility!

Sadly, thats what is missing from the masses these days! They’ve been given credit cards with no idea of how to control their finances, fast cars with no idea what driving actually entails and the reason for this post, Camera mobile phones with no respect for other peoples privacy.

I was standing near Nandos, having a smoke after iftari, when i saw a couple leaving the establishment for their car. As with most of the crowd coming to nandos, the girl was donned in western attire. Then i saw three people staring at them, three guys, two middle aged and one quite young, as if they hadnt seen a girl in their life! They looked liked drivers or something.

Then one guy takes out his mobile phone, which has a camera in it, points it blatantly at the couple, and shoots away gleefully shouting at his buddies as if hes doing something worth regaling! After the couple left, he and the others drool over the picture for a while, and the taker walks away with a spring in his step!

Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened, nor it will be the last. With eid shopping rising to its full swing.. i wonder is it really safe anymore to go out in public with every tom dick and harry snapping away at you. Last i checked, privacy was very much my right.

22 Comments so far

  1. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    privacy? *laughing*…. well its atleast good thing that its all peaceful otherwise just imagine if “happy slapping” started here which is becomming common in west btw…. then it’ll be a complete chaos…. and law enforcers would be helpless just like they’re with mobile snatching cases…


  2. mbokhari (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    Well, in a way, its all quite democratic isn’t it. What else can you expect from a sexually repressed society? The guys have a right to leer at things they want. The girls have a right to go over and slap him. Where is women’s lib when u need’em? The problem, dude, is this: These women wear “weatern attire” as u term them without being necessarily western, which, by the way, would entail standing up for your rights and making ur voice heard. The sheeda mitha-pan (cousin of joe-sixpack) sees these women as just exotic versions of kept women, also probably immoral in his opinion…not his fault…tleeeeeem di kami

  3. faiq.shaikh (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    Come on this is enlighten moderation,its a part of free society this is wat All Government,NGOs,media want to Liberalize paki women from islamic fundamentals.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    mbokhari: lol @ sheeda mitha-pan!!! but u may have a point there…

  5. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    What else can you expect from a sexually repressed society? TRUE!

    If girls are going to wear western clothes in Pakistan they will get looks

  6. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    oh and if something that is covered becomes ‘uncovered’ then…..

    you get my point yea?

  7. nouman (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

    I have been toying very very serioulsy with the idea of getting a taser gun for these very occassions.

    I did some search on the web; unfortunately they dont ship/mail them outside USA so the idea never materialized.

    People may certainly choose not to agree with me but I have fancied the idea of pepper spraying some ‘pestering faqeer’ and tasering such smarts ass hill billy visiting my area.

  8. Sa'ad (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    First thing i notice when landing in PK is how young and old have a habit of staring at the opposite gender regardless of how old or young they are. We were raised to lower our gaze yet on the road, every single person looks and acts like a pervert. With the current phase our society is going, doomsday will be a welcome delight. Ive had men stare at me to the point that even I felt uncomfortable.

    @nouman Tasers wont work, i have fantasized about the idea of carrying a klingon phaser set to de-atomize settings.

  9. Faraz (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    If the woman has the right to dress in ‘western clothes’ (a synonym for revealing skin), then the man has the right to stare and photograph.

    Welcome to the doubled edged liberal society of no morals.

  10. SWA (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

    @ Faraz: How is wearing of western clothes by women immoral? There can be very modest western clothes too!

    I think this woman and her husband should have gone up to the person with the mobile phone and slapped his face. Or at least should have made him delete the image.

  11. Riz (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

    well if the young are doing this, then they really can’t be blamed, cause they are living in a hypocrytic society, while the old can be judged perverts, but then again, they don’t have a choice in who they marry etc., so i guess its just a phase, where we have been enlightened to the western culture. Yet we are being bogged down. So we are here nor there… and this will continue.

    Hell if a gal walks accorss in a tiny mini skirt in a shopping mall in the west, ppl will gawk at her…. (and they are not sex deprived) that might be the equivalent of a western dress there, its human nature… can’t do anything about it….. and trust me this is not a big form of evil… there are much bigger forms of evil living and breathing freely in our envoirnment….

  12. wasiq (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened**(to me)

    This is serious man,why is it happening to you so often….how is your relations with your inlaws..? are you planning a career move….? or just being at the right place at the wrong time..?
    if i recall correctly you were the one my friend, who saw “making” in a car while driving….isn’t that so..?

  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 12:51 am

    Am not in AWE – JAMASH

    there is forum on net with the name of http://forum.pakifeetheaven.net
    every one can register and be a member if he / she have guts to snap ladies feet and post there.

    There are no faces but yes snapping feet candidly without permission is abuse of individual’s right.


  14. mansoor (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    faraz: western clothes a synonym for revealing skin? i think eastern (indian) clothes are much more revealing nowadays, but thats just me. I agree with SWA, western clothes can be quite modest too.

    wasiq: ??? i dont get what ur trying to say…?

  15. Faraz (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Ok guyz, I meant western clothes in the context that it was used. Sorry, but I should have been specific. In general, western clothes due to their form fitting appearances (or worse) are considered revealing. I’m guessing the couple walking out must have worn something that caught others attention.

    I’m not condoning the picture taking but everyone has a responsibility. Yes, there are perverts who will stare no matter what a woman wears. But even women that wear revealing clothes (pakistani or western) realize they will be stared at and that’s a price they have to be willing to pay.

    By the way, this is not just a phenomenon in Pakistan but also here in North America so lets not blame this as a result of a sex starved society.

    Every right comes with a responsibility and being Muslims, New York or Karachi, democracy or communism or dictatorship, we shouldn’t cross certain limits — that goes for the women wearing revealing clothes and perverts who stare and take their pictures.

  16. wasiq (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    just here or almost everywhere…..?

  17. scarlett (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    looking might be a common phenomenon but the way its done in Pakistan is unrivaled. I have never seen men elsewhere look the same way as pakistani men do, they make u want to cover urself up so bad.

  18. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    I do not see MEN scratching groin in Public, let alone when staring at woman, anywhere , so there are some ethics & morality surely lacked by Pakistani public

  19. mansoor (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    wasiq: right place at the wrong time would be my guess :D

  20. Manno(Mansoor) (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

    I am also born and brought up in Karachi but now living and working in Amsterdam. I recently had a chance to return to my beautiful city and experience a morally devastating change.

    Here in Europe we are once again going back to our great religioun, and rejuvinating ourselves.

    But I am very shocked to see a new westeranized culture mashrooming in Karachi and Pakistan all over.Girls are wearing western clothing even in sunday bazars, displaying their sacred features openly and creating a shameful presence in the public domain.

    Good old shalwar kameez didnt catch my sight so far I lived there.

    Every tomy dick and harry takes quite a pride these days if his or her daughter going to a co -education institution where drugs and moral corruption is high, and religious values are 0%.

    Being modern doesnt mean that we should stop wearing decent clothes and expose ourselves to the evil spirits.Shalwar kameez are transformed into mini shirts that are so tight that I wonder how these poor teenagers breathes out.

    Youths are drinking alcohol, doing drugs & rock n roll on devilish beats. Fashion shows are showing bare bodies than clothes, looking like if we are in India.The fashion designers are making body revealing clothes in order to create the hype.

    Girls & guys are so influenced with indian culture that they now look more like hindus than muslims, Astakhfirullah. Again all media third rated channels are showing girls smoking and dancing, and drinking which we even in west find hard to watch along side family.

    And now 8th October, have we learnt anything, no absolutely nothing. This is a curse from our creator who is giving us a wake-up call.

    We can only compete with west through innovation and creativity and not by taking clothes off .

    I feel ashamed that coming back from the city I love the most (though I have travelled and lived around the world) this time was like I am coming ALIVE in one piece.

    The bloody roads/ people spitting pans/ garbage lying on roads/ donkeys carrying massive loads/people shooting each other/ cars and mobile phones snatching everyday/ police killing innocent passer-bys/ransom & kidnappings/corruption & everythingelse makes it one to really think that if this is the city that our founder is laid to rest. What most be occuring to the Quaids soul to see these brutalities of life.

    Karachi is flowing through my blood stream, I will come back again and this time perhaps with a mission to change the face of it.

    Again my heart goes out to the suffering of many, including Amir Parekh’s family ( May Allah rest his soul in peace, Ameen sum Ameen).

    We can never change anything, if we dont make a change.

    Have a beautiful day 2 all,
    Love & Peace,

  21. IHATEBURGERBACCHAY (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    @ faraz

    totally agree

    1. women shouldn’t wear horrid clothes and hide their charms whenever they can

    2. perverts should be dealt with swiftly

    @ mansoor

    preach on bhai!

  22. wasiq (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 3:49 am

    respect women my friend….or ignore them,either way you will not become a tool to bring disrepute to my girls…thankyou.

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