KARACHI: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Traffic Amir Sheikh has tendered apology for police manhandling of the hundreds of people at license offices in Karachi.
“I apologies and can assure people that it will not happen again,” he told media on Monday after police baton charged citizens who hand thronged the License Offices in Nazimabad and Clifton areas of the city to get their driving licenses.
The people were making desperate attempts to get their driving licenses as the deadline to get the licenses was to end today (Monday).
Police had earlier warned that unlicenced drivers of buses, rickshaws, taxies, truck and other vehicles could be sent to jail after the deadline. However, the police have decided to extend the deadline till December 2.
According to Samaa correspondent, thousands of citizens converged at driving licence offices in Nazimabad and Clifton areas where limited staff was seen helpless in facilitating masses.
People, standing in long queues at traffic police offices, complained about non-availability of driving licence forms. “We are waiting for hours but staff is neither accepting nor proving applications,” an aspirant for driving licence complained to Samaa.
Reports said only 1.2 million people in Karachi, the city of 20 million, have driving licences; whereas the total number of registered vehicles in the city is 3.8 million. -Samaa