Musharraf has a keen eye

Fear not, Karachiites, Gen Musharraf is looking out for you! Every time you’ve been held up on SF and cursed his travels, you need to be a bit more generous: the general has a keen eye and, even while hurtling along at over 100mph, he can see flaws in this city’s road network. From The News:

‘After some 12 years of its construction, the Drigh Road flyover has been pointed out as being defective. During his last visit to Karachi, President Pervez Musharraf pointed out that the flyover had a technical flaw.’

18 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 7:45 am


    exactly. had this been in another country, there would be a private investigation commission. we are far from that stage.. at least somebody accepted that there is a fault.

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 10:40 am

    Guess it was his first time from the flyover :) What does he say about the drainage sheets in liaquatabad flyover that bump into vehicles, or the steep turn of stadium road flyover?

    As I quoted earlier:

    sultani-e-jamhoor ka aata hay zamana
    jo naqsh kuhan tum ko nazar aay mita do

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    @kashif: Iqbal?

  4. MB (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    It takes a president to identify a flaw in a flyover …….. wow….the officials should have tried to hide this news as it takes their clothes off instead of showing presidents interest.

    @Kashif : miyan kis dunia mai rehtey ho, president ka chaprasi bhi nai aaida wo daikhney

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Interesting and the CITY GOVT is all too willing to overhaul the bridge since the royal highness is displeased.

    More money in the till…. as they construct this bridge then a few months later make the Elevated Expressway – truly a genius is at work trying to solve our city problems.

    The brilliantly designed Gora Qabursitan flyover – can be lauded as a technical nightmare and some one has to wonder did the city engineers plan the bridge for a 5 year life span or did they ever take into calculation the potential load in 20 years. Some one needs to put these idiots to task and help sort out the plans of our city as stop gap solutions WILL NOT WORK.

    Repairing the flyover / reconstructing is definitely needed BUT it should NOT be just to move the ramp. The motives have to different and not a WHIM of the inconvenience faced by the Royal Highness Pervaiz Musharraf

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    president ka chaprasi bhi nai aaida wo daikhney

    MB, tum tootlay kab se hogaye ya tumharay moo me chalay hain? *kidding*

  7. BoZz (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    It is not that the President is the only one able to notice this flaw and point it out, as I am certain many more have noticed the same defect. Including I hesitate not to say, the builders and planners.

    But Musharraf has the balls to say it. And holds the stick too!

    Lacking the above qualities, most others tend to shut up and some who do speak are not heard.

    How ever, true and transparent progress will not begin in this country, till such time, that the man with the biggest balls and the stick, does not start to listen what the possessors of smaller balls are saying (i.e. us, the citizens)!

  8. JAY (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Agree with BOZZ.

  9. Kashif (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    @Adnan: Yes!

  10. tahir (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    dandaa zinda baad!!!

  11. Mo (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    BOZZ, i applaud u for saying what u did. I couldnt agree with you more.

  12. Tamed~. (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    So that was the only thing abnormal Mushi noticed
    about Karachi! Strange..

  13. ash (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    how dare he say that drigh road has problems? what about karachi zoo? what about the polar ice caps? Not only does Drigh road have no problems suddenly criticism of drigh road makes you a theif and a criminal….guys i am all for dissent, cowasjee cr@ps on mush all the time, but please come up with a legitimate argument b/c this is just silly.

  14. Aristocrat (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    useless man all he did was point out a flaw… what about lawlessness, crime, corruption … anyways… he is the president therefore u must’ve speak any negativity….

  15. Original-Anon (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    Cy, you are my hero – just read your letter in today’s Dawn magazine :)

  16. Azee (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    Well I’m not sure which flyover we are actually referring to as ‘Drigh Road’? However, I must point out that Mr. President should also point out a problem in the Shaheed-e-Millat flyover. Though this flyover does alleviate the problems of commuters on SF but hell breaks lose on the ‘flyover’ users at the top.

    Come around 1:00pm (City school gets off) and at Peak hours there are long lines witnessed everyday. Traffic lights on top of a flyover make no sense. Heavy Vehicles including loaded dumpers, buses, mini-buses etc. all standing and pressing firmly on the brakes, else they bang into the vehicle at the back. I don’t know who designs these things.

    They should actually make left and right turns banned during peak hours as is the usual case in the developed world where U-turns etc. have timing on their useage.

    However, in our case they’ll have to block the whole entrance as signs alone will not suffice.

  17. Cy (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    Orig-anon: Thanks for pointing that out. I heard about it earlier this afternoon. And they cut out some stuff. :)

  18. Original-Anon (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 7:03 am

    Cy, too bad they trimmed it. I would have loved to read the whole thing. I find her columns as irritating as a fingernail running down a chalkboard:)

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