School Mafia Prowling PECHS

With a number of money making rackets floating around in our city, we all know that this mafia also does exist. Private schools open up shop in a residential neighbourhood and immediately become a nuisance for everyone. Same is the case for this group of neighbours who wrote to me today in an attempt to find help.

I am writing to you because our neighborhood (PECHS Block 2) is facing a problem. One of the houses on our street specifically 202/2A PECHS Block 2 have rented out their house to the “Meritiorious” school chain. This will be a big issue for us as we have one school already in the area and having another school will be adding to our misery.

This will lead to bigger traffic problem and adding a significant amount of noise pollution in the area. The local homeowners met the school director (an ex-colonel) in an attempt to resolve the problem. The director refused to talk to them reasonably and called the police amongst a few other military personnel. The director then verbally attacked everyone and threatened to destroy everyone through his available resources. The people of our neighborhood are now a little bit scared as they believe that they wont be able to achieve anything even if they file a lawsuit.

We want justice but at the same time we cannot create problems for ourselves, if we are unable to close this school then it will lead to more people taking the law in their hands and destroying our peaceful residential area.

I personally know the person who has made this appeal and upon hearing this issue I felt his cause needed a little more exposure and hence the post on KMB (A request for anyone who can help, to also please spread the word). My first thought was to contact Shehri which is proactive in a large number of these issues.

On the other hand I personally don’t know the technicalities of laws concerning opening of educational institute within a residential neighbourhood. I suspect its wrong, but at the same time such schools are rampant throughout Karachi so something must be keeping the courts at bay? Any legal mambo-jambo

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15 Comments so far

  1. Zee (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    I know nothing abuot Legal stuff but if the Residents can find some higher “GENERAL” in the army then I guess their problems can be solved but again, if they can file a lawsuit then they can really get the bastards scram from the area! Their should be a BAN on these small schools.

  2. Zee (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    Btw… I guess it is MERITORIOUS. They have one branch at Hadi Road in PECHS

  3. Notonebuttwo (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    One worries about the lack of education and the lack of schools in urban areas and yet there is this flip side.
    We want more schools but not in residential areas. We need more schools but there are no places for them and kids cannot travel to “commercial” areas from their homes can they?
    I wonder; where lies the happy medium? By the sounds of this ex-colonel though, he does not seem to be the “correct” person to be running a school.. what will our kids learn there?

  4. rayyanullah (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    On some of the 100 feet wide roads of this megapolis “permitted” school for rich brats e.g. City School PAF Chapter and the numerous ones on Shahreh-e-Faisal close to City Bank cause chaotic traffic jams daily so I can well imagine what schools such as MERITORIOUS will do in purely residential areas. So sad that our country is going down the drain as far as civic responsibilities are concerned.
    My advise is go to SHEHRI and at the same time get residents together (not much chance of this though in our culture) and take the matter to court.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    people just cant get a handle on what they want.. can they. Notonebuttwo is right in asking where does the happy medium lie. Would you send your kids to school a long way away to less ‘dense’ areas, or would u send them to some place near ur home?

    zero tolerance by everyone..

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:23 am

    ok this is really offtopic and deserves to be removed but I just laughed after reading disclaimer by awab.

    Umar’s so called moderation policy has forced awab to act like Musharraf who has habit to put instructions here and there to stop everything which he dislikes.

    I am just kidding doc. No hard feelings :-)

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 2:59 am

    TEETHO –

    if thats really your neighborhood, and you really wish and mean to ACT., and screw that EX-khaki send me email I tell you how you can put leash to EX-s’



  8. rayyanullah (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 7:27 am

    jamal how can i get your e-mail address to send u an e-mail

  9. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 10:47 am


    Ask the acredited blogger email addy is visible to them

  10. Nouman (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    If people can run a tooth polishing business in a residential bungalow ,I dont see why that should be any different than running a school in a house.

  11. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    Dr. Sahib who are you ? Some bhai log. “I am writing to you …..” made me laugh. Any how the person who has asked to get the some higher ranked army person to intervene the issues does not know how does Army work. They never go against their own man, it is just not their protocol. Try it but no use.

  12. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    I have a solution here. The people in this PECHS (stupid name, if you ask Balma) block should immediately go to their government school (yellow school) in the neighborhood, start supporting it, clean it, donate money to their teacher’s salary fund, and make it good enough to send their kids to that school, and no one will have market to open these jaali two room schools in their neighborhood.

    Nobody fucking pays taxes in Karachi, no one wants to do anything about the schools which were built in each of these neighborhoods by the govt, and then we all suffer when jali schools open in houses in residential neighbordhoods.

    Fix your local govt school. Pay taxes. And, produce less children and don’t marry your cousin, of course.

  13. mantissa (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    The Block 6, PECHS area is also rampant with private schools (and random offices) – I know that the CPLC in the area have tried hard to prevent new schools from coming in (some years back they even had the CAS junior school closed down) but it’s hard to really face up to the mafia of uncontrolled commercialization really when there’s no real institution protecting the rights of the residents in PECHS. Word has it that PECHS residents can’t even vote on matters pertinent to their own area!

  14. luke skywalker (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    read the post carefully obi. no one has asked the army to intervene. i think u should polish your english language skills or get a pair of reading glasses to help you read everything carefully. i dont see anything about them asking the army to intervene against one of it’s own. no wonder obi wan kenobi was so wasted.

  15. wasiq (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 7:59 am

    why everybody hates private schools so much…nobody ever complains about the best non catholic all girls without a swimming pool school in south the same neighborhood..?
    btw,teeth are you sure 202/2a is in block 2

    I’ll say a little prayer for…..

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