IDEAS 2006 – Bringing a ticket-free regime

MB recently pointed out a big gap in the security being provided by the various security agencies in karachi, when the organizers of the event itself got robbed at gunpoint on monday night. This post is not about that, its about the lack of traffic cops in the city.

It seems like every traffic cop in the city has been detailed the “major routes” and taken off everywhere else. That leads to a almost ticket-free regime for the rest of us, who can break any law imaginable and get away with it during these five days. I’ve been witnessing this since monday, people breaking signals, talking on the mobile while driving, turning left on a red light, all these events which are heavily ticketed and usually the bread and butter of our “friendly” people in white, are left alone.

Two days to go, lets see what else can we get away with. But be prepared, once the event is over… they’re going to crank down hard on us poor motorists in order to their recover losses.

6 Comments so far

  1. Jamash (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    There were some “men in white” near in kareemabad yesterday earning their bread and cheese ;).. There were about 4 motorcycles stopped around them. May be they have abandoned the signals only to get double sawaries..

  2. Farhan (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

    IT’s always a ticket free regime in Karachi , in the past 5 years I only got it once and that too I stopped my car , look at my videos , in USA they have put me in Jail for this type of driving oh btw I also got a ticket in US for driving on wrong side of the road

  3. MB (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    Thanks Mansoor for highlighting one more aspect. I agree with you completely. So no need to for any addition to it.

    By the way did anyone notice anything in PAK vs WI match. You can see around 10+ officers (from their dress and all) standing or roaming here and there. This is one more example of wasting resources. The organizers shouldn’t have more then 1, a very high level officer, 2+ junior officers & the rest of all not more then a sipahi over there. Now what the hell so many officers are doing there. Enjoying a match while any unfortunate incident will happen anywhere else in city. One more reason why they have to do heavy deployment for such events is they don’t do their homework all around the year when they have time and resources to utilize.

    Though that was not in Karachi but the issue to be noticed is same. This is another aspect of the VIP culture that i had highlighted in that IDEAS2006 post.

    Changing the gears:

    Did any one hear about police helping out elderly citizens crossing the roads near expo?. I heard about it from someone but due to lack of authenticity I couldn’t post anything. I wish if anyone has any pics or any info on it. It’s a positive, though rare sight, in Karachi. We would love to highlight it.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    farhan: lol! u must be lucky man.. I got ticketed around 10 times last year… :(

    MB: your welcome. and i’d like 2 see those pics too!

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    A Special Boriat report about IDEAS2006 =)

  6. cuz (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    Turning left on a red is illegal? I didn’t know this. Since when?

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