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Conversation with Police Officers May 4, 2009

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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 ūüėČ 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??


Elections 2008 Part II February 18, 2008

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17th February 2008-An off day for me, no office no lunch with friends. So I had the whole day for myself, I decided to go out and get some vegetables for the week as it was Sunday and daddy was not home today, he was busy with some project deadline. I started my car at 12 noon, drove to the market and while I was there I noticed something really strange something that everybody was seemed to doing, I realised there was a pattern to it. Everybody was in a hurry, they were all buying things in unusual quantities as if there is a war going to start and they are filling up their cabinets with all the food and groceries.

 I asked a lady who was at the shop buying bread and milk, that too in quantities enough for a week, why are you buying so much if the shops are gonna be open on tuesday as usual. She replied beta tum ko nahin maloom elections mein kuchh alag result aa gaya tab 27th december walay haalaat ho jaayen gey.

I talked to my neighbor, three more strangers with the same answers. To check on this and to re-confirm my research, I drove to hasan square from¬†North Nazimabad and saw the same look on people’s faces and the same way of buying stuff. I went to Jumbo Books to get some books and cds, I watched people buying movies in bulk the average was 6 movies per person. After seeing all this, I came to one conclusion that people are so scared of the 27th december incident they are taking no chances and leaving no room in ensuring that they do not suffer as they had from 27th to 29th december.

Elections this time are gonna be very crucial, that we all know. But what I feel is that the turnout would be low due to the sense of insecurity in people, nobody feels safe. There is another aspect to the shopping abnormality and that is what the lady in the shop told me, if the results of the elections are not what is expected then we might see some disturbance in the country. Specially when Zardari, C0-Chair PPPP, has said if the polls are rigged we will start a nation wide movement. Though, Mutahhida has said that they will accept all the results whatever they maybe, but we might just see if they loose on the previosly mentioned 4 seats there would be some problems in some areas of the city.

There also have been news pouring in that polls have been cancelled in some parts of the country, polling stations have been blown up by bombs, firing incidents in Quetta injuring a candidate, another in Lahore. BUT the government has repeatedly said everything is under control(Yeah Right!!).

There are more rumors emerging from lahore this time that PML(N) will have a clean sweep in Lahore and Shaikh Rasheed might just retire from politics after loosing out to Javed Hashmi and Hanif Abbasi. JUI(F) Leader Mr. fazl Ur Rehman has indicated polls are likely to be rigged which confirms what I stated in my previous entry that we might just see some unexpected results on his strong constituencies.

Lets just pray that whatever the results are at day end tomorrow, Pakistan remains peaceful and its people remain safe and sound either watching movies or going to the polling stations. And the business will flourish irrespective of who is forming the government and who is in the opposition, who is the Prime Minister or who will become the new President. Amen.

Elections 2008 Part 1 February 14, 2008

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Elections are less than a week away, rumors are everywhere in the city. Predictions, pre-poll rigging, riots bursting out in the country and the government to be formed will not last for more than a year.

My take on all these is, its all gonna happen :D. Why?

Predictions(If polls are conducted fairly)

PML(N) will win in Punjab and in NWFP with support from ANP.

MQM will make a clean sweep in Karachi, except for¬†4 seats NA-250(KhushBukht Shujaat vs Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig) and Lyari NA-248, Malir and Bin Qasim Town NA-258, another seat where Faisal Abidi of PPPP is against the MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi. It¬†is the only constituency where too much has been spent by the PPPP candidate on adverts and publicity(which makes their publicity mantra quite evident: “Jo dikhta hai woh bikta hai”) so Faisal Abidi is everywhere in his area while MQM is following their successfull strategy by rallies on bikes and cars on the roads and billboards are¬†decorated with¬†their Quaid-e-Tehreek’s photo. Haider Abbas Rizvi¬†is the favorite but¬†Faisal Abidi’s publicity campaign¬†looks promising. Though, the pundits are saying MQM will win 16 seats in Karachi due to the work done by City Nazim of Haq Parast Group.

PPPP will form the government in Sindh, but this will be a coalition government. Now the question with whom will PPPP form the government will come as a surprise.

PML(Q) will get seats in Punjab and Baluchistan. In Baluchistan, they will form their government easily.

¬†JUI will not appear as a very strong party like 2002 elections. Infact, results will show that Maulana Fazl ur Rehman has lost his touch in the NWFP. Due to Maulana Sahab’s inclination towards Musharraf this would not come as a surprise if his party would loose on their strongest seats.

The federal government formed after the elections, will be a mixture of PPPP¬†,PML(N), ANP and other small parties and¬†PML(Q) ‘s MNAs who have always been with the rising sun. As predicted, this federal government will not last more than a year by either the use of 58(ii)b or by lack of confidence motion. We¬†might see PPPP splitting up in choosing between Amin Faheem and Zardari, who might contest for NA seat from Benazir’s constituency. There are upsets expected like Sheikh Rasheed loosing from Pindi.

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