Why so many?


Along the walls of the US Counsulate, there are apparently no less than 8 no marking signs, all within 10 feet of each other.

Interestingly, Im wondering who parks here in the first place, even before the signs were put up!

A similar repeated deployment can be seen on the left hand side, while aproaching 3 swords from the underpass. 10 signs, all so close.

If companies have enogh money, why not put up signs where needed? If they are followed in the first place.

10 Comments so far

  1. xyz (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    They have probably put up so many signs because people park the car few steps away from the sign and say there’s no sign right above my car. I’ve seen it happening at alot of places where people argue with the traffic police guys over the same issue. I guess US embassy does not want to take any chance. On a seperate note, correct the spelling of Parking (you have it as Marking) in the second line of your post.

  2. verysmart (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    Ths is coz the current Marketing Manager of Habib Oils is a moron.

    Who in his sane mind would do a brand association with a Negative Sign such as “No Parking”???

    I guess they were considering it as a opportunity to et some kind of low cost marketing, which totally has failed to registered, atleast positively.

  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    XYZ is right. :D

    Traffic engineering bureau of Defunct KDA is now under city govt. The HEAD travel internationally to attend seminars and conferences and WASTE tax payers money but have not made single policy suggestions to city govt since past 10 years to implement road safety or welfare of road users., only whining on media for lack of fundings and lack of man power


  4. Zainub (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    I could really get started on the whole American Consulate deal Inspi. The abundance of no parking signs (there’s even speed limit signs on that road) is just one of the odd things, about three months ago I had something to do at the Meezan Bank at Marriott, and when we (me and some one else that was with me) were done with our work, we, as any normal people would do, stepped outside of Marriott, crossed the road and stood on the footsteps of the Frere (sp?) Hall garden, as our car was suppose to pick us from this spot in a short while. But as we were waiting, cops from the other side of the road came rushing to us, and telling us that standing on either side of the road, or even walking on them, was not allowed because of “security” reasons, because every movement on that road was apparently being monitored by surveillances cameras, and if we continue standing there, they’d get suspicious! Wow we though, so they own the Abduallah Haroon Road or something? We asked if we could go sit inside the garden of Frere Hall, he asked us if he had actually seen any people in those gardens, his question suggesting that no, we couldn’t do that either! I was outraged, we had to cross the road, go back inside Marriott and wait inside, and our car had to come all the way around after making a u-turn and getting stuck in the traffic outside Marriot.

    And I’m not complaining because it was inconvenience for me, that inconvenience matters little in comparison with what this entailed as whole. That entire stretch of road of the Abduallah Haroon Road is basically controlled by the orders of the American consulate. Ordinary people can’t walk on the road, can’t use the public park there is opposite the consulate, only selected types of cars are allowed in and as in gross violation of our privacy, they’re surveillance cameras which note every movement made on the road.

    Now I’m all for proper security measures et all, and yes, I know and agree that they’re in place for our own betterment, but to going to the extent of actually dis-allowing any active human movement outside of cars on that entire stretch of road, that’s a bit paranoid at best! And the poor old bagh outside Frere Hall (and I’m sure I’ve been spelling it incorrectly all this while), what wrong has it done? There’s few public recreation facilities in this city as it is, and if we’re forced to ban their use for protecting our foreign embassies then there’s not a whole lot of options left for the masses.

    In my humble opinion, the American consulate needs to be shifted from that spot. Its on one of the main intersections of the city, with a high flow of traffic and every time the security measures are raised, it creates all sorts of traffic issues. They need to re-locate to some other place where they can employ some of these security measures without being as much of a hindrance to regular people as they’re being here. Some where in Old Clifton where you have all the other embassies could be an idea. In fact, anywhere that’s not on a main road, should be a better idea then having it on main abdullah haroon raod. Rant over.

  5. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

    It would be much better that US closes down its all consulates in Pakistan and does not issue any more visas to us then we would understand the importance of them. I understand that it is inconvenient but actually they are moving khi consulate in next couple of years but please don’t forget that they are masters and we are lickers so why complaining ??

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    abdullah haroon road from metropole to Hoshang Road signal, and parallel fatima jinnah road of equal length is virtually US territory and Japanese & Indian consulates are under their umbrella.

    People living in that vicinty in appartment complexes, Frere police station have virtaully 100% biodata of each resident and their vehicles.

    US consulate is paying 40% of operational costs to marriot and Visitors / Guest database is shared by the hotel with Frere police station and security of head of Consulate.

    They managed to GET RID of Naval Dispensry from the area, as well

    so live with it, :)

    Its kind of colonialisation within specified limits.

  7. wasiq (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 3:37 am

    Its very rare for drivers to honk once they usually honk honk…!


  8. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    zainab — we would like to publish your post in our letters columns — if that’s ok with you then please mail me at omarr.quraishi@thenews.com.pk

    Op-ed pages editor
    The News

  9. BoZz (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

    All the inconveniences and security issues come not from the consulate itself, but from extremists and mullahs within our own community.

    Reign in these nitwits and all your complaints and problems will go away.

    It is easier and simpler to point a finger at somone else, is it not?

  10. wasiq (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 4:50 am

    if i remember correctly somebody here recommended me as a moderator of a new tv show….was it the first blast or the 30-30,i would love to be the co-editor of Newseye….

    omer bhai! people asked Gul jan whats the story behind your beautiful name and he replied Nana was eating Rs10/- pakora’s from the mini stop and suddenly somebody asked…cut!

    ps:kaha sunna maaf!

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