As he stepped out of the chaotic license office with his learner’s permit in hands, he was washed over by a sense of jubilation. Standing in the long queue for the last two hours was worth the sense of calm he now felt. He could drive openly and without hesitation now. He mentally thanked...
As he stepped out of the chaotic license office with his learner’s permit in hands, he was washed over by a sense of jubilation. Standing in the long queue for the last two hours was worth the sense of calm he now felt. He could drive openly and without hesitation now. He mentally thanked the authorities who had had officially declared a driving permit to be a necessity for all drivers. Maybe now, he thought, the staggering rate of traffic accidents in the city would be reduced. It might not change things overnight but they are surely on the way to becoming better he cheerfully thought. As he walked towards his car elated by these emotions his gaze fell on the empty socket on his car which until two hours ago was occupied by a rear view mirror. As he registered the scene in front of him, his ears were filled with the sound of his disillusionment breaking and the anticipatory lecture he would get from his father when he went home.
Recently, a lot of individuals in Karachi have undergone a situation similar as this particular friend of mine. Their cars are broken into and items such as rear view mirrors, sound systems and even DVD players are stolen very conveniently. My friend in particular was bestowed upon an honor greater than any other. His rear view mirror was stolen from right outside the License Office which is heavily surrounded by policemen. I mean, to have any part of your car be stolen by such a gifted and skilled thief HAS to be nothing short of an achievement, right?
Keeping in mind the recent enforcement of traffic laws in the city, this is actually a sad situation. It is true that the streets used to be ruled by those mugging people and snatching phone but now these crimes are predominantly haunting the city. Is it that while certain laws are being imposed others are being broken to compensate for them? I for one find it extremely unlikely that the sudden wave of small crimes like these is not linked with the regulation of other laws in the city. How else can someone explain a theft right underneath the noses of a number of policemen? Most of us are lulled into a false sense of security because we feel that the regulation of new laws is contributing to a safer city, but is it really? Or is this merely calm before a bigger storm? Is there more trouble in store for Karachi hidden behind a veil of peace? The laws being enforced are definitely important for peace in the city, but at the same time our law enforcement authorities need to be more vigilant about these street crimes as well. Criminals are criminals whether petty or dangerous and they all need to be dealt with accordingly. I agree that the city is in a much better state, but it will not be able to rest peacefully unless ALL aggressive elements big or small are eliminated completely.