Monday, April 20, 2009

The Fast and The Furious...

...leave one dead; two, critically injured. At 4:00 am in the morning, a four-wheeler - allegedly driven by an MNA's son, drunk and wasted (who immediately fled the scene) - rammed into the car of a Luminite. The collision left the boy in his junior year at undergrad school, dead.

This happened immediately behind my father's house, on the main road, here in Defence, Lahore. He instantly called Rescue 1122, who refused to respond, stating that they needed confirmation that somebody actually was injured! My father insisted that there was a very bad collision, the noise from which, woke them up from deep sleep; he could see smoke gushing out from the vehicles and the electricity pillar damaged. But Rescue 1122 refused. He then called the DHA Police.

Boys and girls from big families are above the law, it seems. Out with a license to kill. But our youth is now waking up to its civic rights and duties. Will the one who fled, be caught? Will the 2 boys in jail, be released with the force of contacts behind them? Will Rescue 1122 be admonished? Will drinking ever end, in this 'land of the pure'? Let's wait and see.


13 comments:

Abdul Sami said...

we need education here about drink driving ... regardless of the fact that it is allowed or banned

u hav to consider the fact that you are allowed to legally drink if you have 'permits'...

so if your law allows u to drink.. u def need education on how it goes !

R. Ramesh said...

optimism unlimited..u r right.let's wait n c..

Saadia said...

Here, Sami, drinking for Muslims is illegal, much less, drunken-driving. So it remains a matter of not one crime only. SAD.

Ramesh, hope is the only hope.

Abdul Sami said...

yes... but what are we to know about the faith of the drivers...

drinking is still allowed in pakistan with permits... and that is the legal kind... not the 'hi-fi's of the nation drinking !

Saadia said...

The odds are pretty much in favour of one faith, especially given that there were three of these hooligans. Lest this debate turn into a debate of faith being personal, drinking is against the law: for Muslims (as per the Qur'an) and for Pakistani Muslims (as per the law of the land).

Saadia said...

Oh, and they named the boys. Certainly seem to muslim names.

In any case...still asking, "Will the one who fled, be caught? Will the 2 boys in jail, be released with the force of contacts behind them? Will Rescue 1122 be admonished? Will drinking ever end, in this 'land of the pure'?"

Abdul Sami said...

saadia... you... me... and perhaps everyone reading this already knows the answer to that sadly !!!

Id it is said...

In all the wrongdoers here, there is one whose response really shocks: the emergency services! How can they be questioning the validity of the incident when the life/lives of people could be hanging in balance and their immediate resonse could make all the difference!

As for drinking...each one gets to pick his poison...

Saadia said...

Quite shocking, yes. Students from LUMS are protesting that they arrived on the scene, too late. And then, didn't perform as they should've. So much for Rescue 1122 taking pride in its own services. We've seen it all.

Kadri said...

Shocking to see that those who could have helped didn't do it or didn't do enough.

Onkar said...

Unfortunately, the situation seems to be the same everywhere, but efforts must continue to be made to see that the law is applied equally to all.

theBollywoodFan said...

I remember my instructor for the mandatory drugs and alcoholism course administered before issuing drivers licenses here saying, after seeing my name tent (I was the only Muslim in the class), "drinking is 'haraam' in your religion, isn't it?" To my enthusiastic, "yes, sir!" he replied, "it should be haraam for everyone". I never quite forgot that, and your post reminded me of it.

It's always sad, and as someone who's been involved in an accident in which I had little control (someone runs a red light, what can one do?), I always fear it's a very real and inherent risk each of us carries. This recent incident was really sad, too.

Allah Hafiz hai, what else can one say beyond that (and driving conservatively), right?

That emergency response, though, is a shame. And when we can't expect drivers to have legal permits to drive, I don't think it's fair to expect them to not drink and drive.

jingoist said...

It won't end up unless the law enforcing agencies take serious actions against this...
all I know is that.. driving license branch people in Karachi are much corrupted guyz...

so true that... A hope is the only hope we are living for...