August 13 Gridlock – Judiciary Moves

The massive traffic jam on August 13 as reported here and here has apparently irked the Supreme Court (which has become quite irksome these days…..often in a good way).

According to this Dawn news report, the Supreme Court has summoned the Traffic DIG Wajid Ali Khan at its Karachi Registry for an explanation today.

Hundreds of thousands of commuters were stuck in traffic jams on Monday, August 13, 2007.

It’s interesting how we have multiple parties that can call for accountability of any individual/any organization.

29 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    WTG – it was definitely shocking to see the entire city plunge into chaos without any apparent reason – only speculations….

  2. pkhan (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    Looks like Supreme court has nothing to do other then scoring Points against the Govt. People knew that construction was going on Etc.They should concentrate on the Thousands of innocents people who are locked up in jails just because Lawyers and judges keep on extending the DATES for innocents.If they want to serve people then expedite these cases so real people can get the relief.

  3. AH (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    Shockingly, I agree with PKhan. What is the SC doing asking for the DIG to come before it for an explanation? Doesn’t a case need to be filed before the court can ask for someone to come and testify before it?

  4. silver (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    There are 20,000 cases still pending in the SC… i guess the judiciary should focus on that

    However, today was no better when it comes to traffic jam… I.I CHundrigar was blocked

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    DIG traffic today saidthat this its not his fault that whole city is dug up and rain has made all those dug up road as deathtraps coz when water fills up then these ditches are not visible and people and cars fall into them.. now SC have called Nazim Karachi in the next hearing..

  6. Balma (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    And, hopefully this will end up at Budnazir and Navaz Sharif being called to the court for looting the money between 1988 and 1999, a part of which should have been spent on the uplift of Karachi and on improving conditions in the rural areas of Pakistan to slow the massive paagal-pun style migration of people to Karachi. I am keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping for the best: Rigorous prison terms for Budnazir and Navaz NoSharif.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Shouldn’t SC call upon Militant Qomi Movement’s Officials to explain what kinda crap they built in the name of roads?

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    adnan, most of the newer roads are still intact, or did u not notice that?

    instead of always pointing your finger at the MQM, why not take notice of the contractors? Its all in front of you, which contractor built what.. mqm does have its flaws, but the roads were built by contractors!! not party workers!

    i wonder if you’re ever gonna grow up out of your ‘blame the mqm for everything’ mode….

  9. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    @Mansoor and contractors pay MQM its share to get the contracts ,whoever pays highest amount of bribe to MQM is awarded contract , result is that a project thats orginally suppose to cost Rs100 ends up costing Rs250, coz contractor don’t pay those bribes from his own pocket… its the tax payer’s money thats going into MQM’s and contractor’s pocket.. and once money is paid to MQM then mostly contractor gets away with inferior quality work coz he have paid MQM so they keep their mouth shut…

  10. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    MQM has learnt alot from its past Bhatakhori experiences.. publicly extorting bhata from public was causing great harm to its image and too much negitive publicity was also cause of concern for the party, so they’ve developed new innovative and discreet ways to milk the public , every public sector institution is plagued by them and even to get your legal work done you’ve to pay them…

  11. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    Canadian courts have already declared its a terrorist organisation , while british and pakistani courts will shortly declare it as terrorist organisation.. they seriously need to mend their ways if they want to wash off their sins

  12. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 9:33 pm

    on second thought maybe pakistani court won’t touch these terrorist.. afterall we all know what happened on 12th may 07 when even Chief justice sindh highcourt and other justice’s cars were not allowed to pass through the barricades erected by MQM’s terrorist and later on they on foot had to jump over all those containers to reach high court building…

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    Doctor, it’s useless to get engaged with Mansoor. A foji mentality always come up with such lame reasons.

    Everybody knows the love relationship between Mehran Builders and MQM who were involved in several construction. Also few posts back it was Mansoor who made a post about billboards. I don’t know which new roads this guy talking about. Mustafa Kudaal spent entire tenure to show off and wasted money in the name of underpasses which always become swimming pool in rainy seasons. Poor management or lack of education or knowledge, whatever you say. If there was some honest and wise management then it would have fixed existing infrastructure of roads and rebuilt poor quality roads but since MQM was suffering in Jamaat phobia and they wanted to show that they worked more than Naimatullah, Mustafa Kudaal came out with projects which could just help his party to score some numbers. That’s other thing that most of their project are suffering these days. If Mustafa Kudaal pay even 10% of the attention he pays to Altaf bai then he could really be a helping hand for this Karachi.

  14. bluemax (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    I see good roads being built in Karachi. Never in the past 20 years I saw storm water drains being built on the side of main roads. Agreed that this may not have happened in the whole city but my town is now a lot better place to live as compared to 10 years ago.

    Its sad to know that taxpayers money is going into the pockets of contractors and political leaders. But the same thing happened in the Motorway project, PIA’s aircraft contracts, F-16 deal, submarine deals, and many many more. So when I am in “my” realistic mode, I dont feel bad if Mehran builders or the local LAFANGAS are getting a share. At least this money is not increasing the balance of “Pakistanis” having bank accounts in Switzerland.

  15. D0ct0r (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    yea instead of bank accounts in Switzerland, all the money is now being shifted to Edgware’s Pir Sahib’s accounts in London…

  16. bluemax (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    Well … may be you are right, I’ll not contest your claim. But I am happy that in return at least I can see some much needed govt. attention to Karachi. For increasing balance of Swiss bank accounts, my city didn’t get anything.

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm
  18. HITMAN (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    LOL, that is hillarious!

  19. asa (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    too good Adnan..this bastard is never ever represent mohajir community infact he is embarrassment for us

  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    And this guy is mentor of people like Mansoor,PKhan,turab and few others. Too good for them. :-)

  21. Concerned (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    This guys is from lower middle class, didnt get the posh education BB got, so I am sorry if you think he pathetic.

    He actually might be a bad leader but the idea behind MQM is correct. Someone needs to own karachi and treat it has his own and thts wht they are doing. no matter wht u say you dont have a better option if you want khi to improve.

    You guys dont face reality and if I am correct none of you (whoever is complaining here) vote. You realise then that you have no basis to say wht u are saying.

    keep on looking at the bad side of everything, life seems really bad that way. Have hope and be a little cheerful and you will live longer.

  22. Concerned (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm


    well said, i totally agree with you.

  23. Concerned (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    Also I dont remember the exact wordings but in the News yesterday there was something about quite a few new industrial units being set up in khi and alot of ppl getting jobs.

    I never read anything like that in the paper when BB or NS were in power, infact I read the opposite.

    This probably does not effect most of you directly but think about the 1000s of construction workers and industrial workers getting jobs. their life is bettter because of MQM and if you say inflation makes it worse for them then inflation is country wide problem and has to do with policies of the federal govt, which is another topic.

  24. Balma (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    * quite a few new industrial units being set up in khi

    I believe no heavy duty industry should be set up anymore within 100 miles of Saddaar, Karachi.
    Karachi can not handle any more pollution, nor the influx of people from other provinces that heavy industry being concentrated in KArachi leads to. We should encourage development of 2nd and 3rd tier cities in Pakistan, like Sukkar, Multan etc.

    Karachi does not have infrastructure to become mini Pakistan. The concept of Mini Pakistan moved to Islamabad, when the capital was shited out of Karachi. Enough of this mini-Pakistan crap for Karachi.

    Take the faqir,thiefs, as well as unskilled labor out of Karachi, instead bring educated and well off people from other parts of Pakistan to Karachi.

  25. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    @Balma and you want visa system to be implemented for karachi.. thats ridiculous..

  26. Balma (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    Are you guys funny or what?
    I am saying ‘bring’ educated and wealthy and discourage faqirs and unskilled labor. There are many ways of doing this. Hint: Put an end to illegal katchi aabaadis all over Karachi, enforce ticket purchase requirement on trains, no more huge industries in Karachi, etc. etc.

  27. pkhan (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    @ Add Nan Siddiqui
    Your Favourite party (whom you see in your dreams too) and the leader of that party controls almost teen crore people. How many are under your Control? probably two or maximum five? what you are spitting on your party comes back on your face?
    Thats the same party who has change the face of Karachi with all kind of developments if people like you can not see then get a SUN GLASS that might show you the progress.Corruption and bribery is there but who is taking those bribe people like you who are working as clerks /supervosors/engineers etc.tumharae aankh band karlainae sae woh party ghaeb nahee ho jae ghi? chand par bhi to spot hae kiya uski roshni kum ho gaee.janab nadaan siddiqui.

  28. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    Update: Mustafa Kudaal didn’t appear in court.

    as long as rulers consider themselves above the law, pakistan can’t move forward. We always ready to copy West for every crap but never tried to take good things from them. When Tony blair could be called in police station for investigation then why not Militant Qomi MOvement’s Mustafa Kudaal?

  29. HITMAN (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    @Balma, Atleast I agree with u on the point that Katchi abadis should be put on a halt & the ppl there should be relocated. Otherwise ppl will keep living along the banks of Gujjar Nala, Lyari Nadi etc and in the rainy season , govt will have to keep making overhead expenses for their safety & all & take the blame of not doing much as well. The pictures in this post r evident of this.

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