Conversation with Police Officers May 4, 2009Posted by Talha Izhar in Uncategorized.
Tags: chalan, Cold Drinks, Convesation, Karachi, Pakistan, Police, ticket, traffic violation
It happened today at Tipu Sultan Road while I was on my way to office. I was speaking to a friend on phone and saw two amazingly smart and innocent looking policemen ;) asking me to pull over. I did so as every responsible citizen would do.
Policeman 1: Assalam O Alaikum Sir. Can I see the documents of your car?
Talha(Myself): Wsalam. Sure. (I gave him the documents and he walked over to his partner and looked at the documents)
Policeman 1: Sir you were talking on phone and you’ve violated traffic rules and we will have to issue you a ticket for Rs.512. Please give us you driving license.
I said: Are you traffic police?? No. Then why would you give me the ticket??
Then they both looked at each other and then looked at the documents once again and said : You havent paid you car tax since you bought the car. We have dozens of cars locked in our police station for this.
I said: Are you from the Revenue Department?? Thats supposed to be their problem not yours.
At this point they didnt know what else to say. They both said: Sir we can lock up your car and will not release it until you pay the tax.
I said(offering them keys of the car): Sure go on. Lock it up.
They had nothing more to say. Then they tried another act.
Policeman 1: Sir Sahab(The other policeman) thinks you are a nice boy. he thinks you should go here are your documents.
I said Thanks and as I approached the car the first policeman came to me whispering, Koi thanday ka intezam kar dein tou achha hai bohat dhoop hai yahan (meaning: If you can arrange for cold drinks that will be good. Its too hot over here!!)
I looked at them and now both of them were looking like two innocent men begging for a drink. I bought them a drink from the shop across the road and moved on.
I think I did right by not giving them cash and buying drinks. or did I??