The hardest job in Karachi it the blazing afternoon sun or the humid Karachi evenings with the wind only blowing at sporadic intervals, the break of dawn or the wee hours of night; these men stand vigil. They stand on their toes, straight as an arrow yet inhaling the poisonous exhaust fumes choked up by passing vehicles.

While the rest of the nation degenerates into anarchy, the sight of these foot soldiers at every major intersection provides a sense a security to some citizens while to others they are a cause for concern. Whether or not their watchful eye can prevent disaster is another debatable issue. Nonetheless, I salute them for doing their job.

19 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    Providing security?? Huh! They are eating a BIG CHUNK of our Budget!!

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    pakistani awam ja jahil ho ya IBA me study karti ho,use bewaqoof banana boht asaan hay. :-)

  3. Rukun (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    its more of helplessness rather than ” bewaqofi”

  4. asa (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    kaun se security is more insecure ever before and we all knw the root cause i.e lack of proper justice system

  5. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    how can they provuide sec. against suicidal bombings?

  6. MB (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    Adnan is dot right. donun ko bewaquf banana es liye asaan hai ki jahil awaam hoti hee essi liye hai or IBA grads ko es liye ki unko koi interest nahi es mulk se. MBA ki or bahar chalaang lagadi , lolz ( obviously with exceptions)

    Adnan you can pardon sid on this. Her IBA courses never tell her the spendings on defense. Academics hardly tell you anything on ground you know, at least here in our country.

    Do you sid ?

    By the way, sid is right in some way. If you ever talk to these lower level jawan you will find them remembering their sernios with not-so-writable names?

    Trust me, just ask them what they think about their officers or to make it more interesting the Generals

  7. MB (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    Hey i forgot one thing. es jawaan ko toh definitely salute kerna chaiye but what about the poor traffic wala’s who are in worse condition then these fellows.

  8. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    I salute all and every single soldier. They are willing to risk there lives for a couple of thousand rupees in order to protect the country. it is their job. Critize if you will, the leaders but not our soldiers!

    Are you willing to pick up the guns yourself to go to war? Or will you call on our military to protect you?

    Respect them.

  9. zee (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: Yes, and you are one person from that jahil Pakistani awam :D

  10. Phil (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    A nation that cannot learn to respect their servants should not expect them to respect in return.

    Very good post Sid, very good indeed.

  11. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    Respect the soldiers even if you don’t respect the leadership.

    PHIL: Well said.

    Our country is at a turning point and we can take the right direction by having the right attitude. We are smart people with tremendous potential so lets not forget that. Respecting these soldiers only makes us a stronger nation.

  12. BitterTruth (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    Our country is at a turning point
    This sentence is heard again and again throughout the history of the country. I thing we should realize that its a roundabout rather than a turning point :)

  13. Saad (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Bitter, you’ve me rolling on the ground with that comment. That comment is GOLD!

  14. zee (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Bittertruth: HAHAHAHAHA! :D

  15. Kashif (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    Hardest job in Karachi is to drive a distance of 5 kilometers without swearing.

  16. Cheeta (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    I agree with Ahmed. I respect these guys who are risking their lives and even embracing shahadat in the face of extremist fanatics. We need to unite and support them if we are to get rid of the hijackers of Islam.

  17. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 6:49 am

    I must say that was halerious! How about this “we are at a tipping point!”

  18. Nabeel (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm


    Making judgments about things you know little about is foolishness.Who are you to say that IBA grads do not care about the country? That was uncalled for.

    And yes.criticize those who order those soldiers.what has that soldier done to you?is he responsible for the three bomb blasts yesterday? i am disappointed with adnan’s response.cynicism will not help the country.

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    Calm down kids! nobody is criticizing this individual “Jawan”. I am definitely against their installment in Karachi in presence of Police. Either push them out on borders or close the police department.

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