President’s Convoy

I was able to capture the President passing by with all his protocol. The video is shot with a cell phone at night, so visibility is not too good, but the commentary gives a good idea of what’s going on.

27 Comments so far

  1. Maz (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    why the hell dictator come to karachi…killing 80 ppl in bajour can’t make him happy that he come to karachi to bother karchities.

  2. SWA (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    Isnt it sad the amount of distance there is between the rulers and the ruled in this country?

    Our presidents dont feel secure enough in their own country. Sad.

    I dream of an enlightened Pakistan where our society is stable enough and enlightened enough that the president or anybody for that matter, can mingle around with each other without fear and doesnt have to build so many barriers around them.

  3. K.A. (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Thats how it used to be. He walked into S&P Village one day without prior info. He also went to food street in LHE early morning without any security. This was pre 9/11 alas no more.

  4. amir (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    my frined in think you have put yourself in danger by making video of President.

    Be carefull.

  5. Faisal (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 4:59 pm


    In an ideal world, I would tend to agree with you but keeping in mind the current scenario, I would just say the following: Wake up and smell the coffee (or in our case, the doodh pati) buddy.

    Do you think leaders of other countries go about without security and protocol? Do you think in the States, you can just find George W. just hanging around the local mall?

    Once again, in a utopian environment, this might be possible but times, my friend, are just not the same anymore.

  6. Yahya (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:06 pm


    By definition a dictator can do anything he likes.


    Is it normal for people in Karachi to speak English? We Pakis (politely meant of course) don’t speak so much English in UK between ourselves. May be we should, in case we ever need to go back home and need to adjust. :)

  7. MB (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

    Every era has a fir-oan , if not a complete one then may be a partial one or a similar one. So when I grew and came to know Benazir, Zardari & co, the nawabs, the chaudhries, the waderas etc. I don’t know if Musharraf is on a similar track but he isn’t doing anything different from the previous ones, not at least for the common citizens.

    The market may be booming, and we may have good relations with USA, EURO and others too but the fact that the common man has gone down, in his standard of life (which has a broad definition) means he is not doing the job well, or may be he has lost his love for the common people or may be he is flocked by evil minds, in army and in bureaucracy. What ever be the case, history, at least yet wont consider him just slightly different then previous ones.

    So I don’t know if really is president , coz president is supposed to represent the nation and the country and I doubt if he , in any respect represents us not at least in his VIP way which was captured by UMAR.

    For angry common man he is 21st century “Fir-oan” like Hitler , like Saddam and like others. There are other small fir-oans too like the Cor commanders who waste our and citizens precious time. Who suck our blood at their luxuries, all in the name of defending a land which no one in the world is interested in grabbing..

    And then there are higher grade officers and small fir-oan’s too, like the ones the poor man has to come across, the lower grade govt. officials. and there are fir-onic empires called govt. organizations like POLICE, KESC, FIA, and different ministries.

    History does repeat itself, in different ways and in different shapes with different names.

  8. Original-Anon (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

    Hi Faisal, Not George W. but I did run into our governor at the local mall just before Christmas a few years ago. He was with two dark suited guards and turned around, smiled and came over, shook hands and chatted.
    I’ve also seen the president come to our town and it is just a few cars, nobody gets stopped for long, they just went where they had to go and that was that.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    cool video!

    @ swa: i agree with faisal, when you get in *any* position of power, there are many otheres who would wish to kill you. Its but natural, and our leaders are no different from any other leaders anywhere.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    I agree with the buddy that it’s risky to capture such clips. Who knows someday we might see your clip on PTV as a “Alqaeda terrorists” or read your gitmo story in papers like UMMAT. I’m just kidding,I/we want you here on KMB all the time ,everytime. =)

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

    Who would like to see GWB in a mall?

    US govt couldn’t save JFK, how could they save Mush?

  12. umar (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    yahya… it depends who are you with. my clan speaks both urdu and english. it really depends upon mood/situation. Sometimes it’s totally english, sometimes urdu. Even at work with some cowokers I speak only in english while with others I converse in urdu.

  13. Yahya (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    Please don’t bad mouth our beloved General “Pakistan” Musharraf. Without him where would we be? Also his ability to entertain is much better than any of the others. Anyone knows how many girl friends nawaz sharif had or boy friends benazir had? Exactly.

  14. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    @ Yahya: Hahahah!!! Silly thought, but I agree:-)

  15. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

    @Yahya: Yaar, english has become a status symbol. And according to my research, girls are more prone to this.
    I noticed many times in my school (KGS in case u r wondering)
    If you spot a group of guys, they’ll be speaking urdu (or minglish).
    A group of girls: English, all the time.
    A mixed group: English (or minglish)
    Hence my conclusion. And no, I am not a male chauvinist. This is a fact that i observed

  16. Yahya (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:51 pm

    “english has become a status symbol. And according to my research, girls are more prone to this.”

    I was wondering about this and wanted to ask umar if he spoke English more with female colleagues purely for anthropological reasons but then thought he may think I am some sort of weirdo – which I am not…just for record.

    Umar any comment?

  17. sarah (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    WHats the BIg deal if the video is recorded in englIsh, English is our seCond language, first speak nahi karahey tu second hee karlein, What the BIG deal, PpL live abroad are i think tired of speakin english constently so thts why speak URDU, same way its in pak, & yes don’t bad Mouth Our President !!!

  18. sarah (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:17 am


  19. Yahya (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:49 am

    Just to analysis a little, could it be girls’ natural quest for class or (equally naturally) following the perceived fashion?

    Sorry girls if I am way off the mark. Just some curiosity as to why we do what we do.

  20. ash (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    Re Mush – The guy has survived three assasination attempts i think he should be protected from “his people” so he can live long enough to help them

    Being bilingual is a great thing, maybe we karachiites should remember though that less than 3% of Pakistanis speak urdu as their first language

    The medium of instruction in most schools colleges and professional schools is english, and women in particular dont exactly mingle with people outside of their little social bubble which is why i think they tend to speak in english more than men

  21. ARCD (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    English in pakistan is such that a Khakrob would also pushed to speak, as all around him would may show some respect. Its a cool thing and considered a show of intellect and modernism. This is all I have to say “Kawa chala hans ki chaal apni chaal bhee bhool gaya” :)

  22. Sooban (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

    @americans not being able to save JFK.

    my history isnt perfect, nor am i aware of all the details but from what i knw , Charles De Gaulle was way better protected from the SAS(i thnk) than JFK. the french went there and they looked over americans security and really werent in favour of it.
    as for our President using beefed up securty, if anythin happens to him, think of the chaos it could entail. it would be disasterous.

    @core commanders being smaller firouns.
    these ppl are willng to give their life to save yours. we could be more appreciative of the army as a whole . am not defending them, at all. they shouldnt suck on the common man for their luxuries. but they are willing to fight anyone who raises an eye against pakistan . they wont speak of hw they ll sacrifice their lives for the country , they might actually do it.

    yes the army is very WRONG in murdering democracy in broad daylight. i say its very wrong. but you shouldnt forget some facts.

  23. Yahya (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    “@core commanders being smaller firouns.
    these ppl are willng to give their life to save yours.”

    Really? When did a corps commander give life for us last?

  24. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    @Yahya: Bhol gayay beta aap, 71 main General Niazi na kaha tha ba, Dushman Uski Lash kay oper say fatah karay ga bangladesh.
    Sala, marnay say pehlay khudi gift ker aya.
    Yeh to bukhaar say bister per mar bhi rahay hongay to bolain gay, Abay jaan day raha hun, aur kia chahiya

  25. ash (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Cynicism is fine, but lets not forget that noone joins the army at corps commander level, and at all the other levels those guys have fought and died for us in every war.
    We “lost” bangladesh the same way india “lost” pakistan. If you cant guarantee a place in your future or in your hearts for a group of your own people then why would they stay?
    I am generally the last person to be optimistic but I think despite the corruption that has seeped into every branch of our organizations the army still does its own job with comparative efficiency and equality.
    Not to digress but the head of the army is “mohajir” whens the last time an ethnic minority was allowed to be the head of any other political or government organization? (ofcourse barring in karachi and hyderabad)

  26. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    it just makes me giggle whenever some one says that army is’nt corrupt…. infact Army is the MOST corrupt institution in pakistan atm…

  27. ash (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    not really doctor, not most corrupt. Other civil branches hold the world record

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