Back here in Pakistan, I sadly see rickshaw drivers, trucks, vans, motorbikes, cycles, even people walking in front of cars, not giving a fuck as to what the outcome of their traffic-blocking actions might be. There are uneducated people in every country, but you fear laws if you know you will have a large fine or put in jail for something you did to another person, a vehicle, even an animal.
You see someone breaking a traffic signal, you think it's 'none of your business', because you are safe and secure in your own little car, and in your own little world. In a country where someone could get away with brutal murder, perhaps that's the way to 'play it safe'.
However, me being me, I beg to differ. I raise chaos when someone breaks a line or blocks a road, and women and men stare at me in astonishment, wondering about the repercussions about such an action. That's the deal, people are too scared to voice their own opinions in Pakistan because they fear being shot or gunned down or beaten up by the higher ups, or the uneducated.
A few weeks back, me and a friend grabbed food and sat in the car for an intense conversation session. It was all fun and games, until a cop (supposedly one, because he was not in uniform) came up to us and threatened us to open the car window and go with him to a police station because we had 'parked our car in a shady spot'.
I ask of you, what is this country becoming? Everyone can do as they please, and everyone can get away with it. Where is the government in all this? Oh, I forgot. They're busy making ROADS.
I see a donkey-cart and an Audi doing the same shit everyday: running lights, breaking signals, rushing, honking, shouting angry hurls at people and what not. Nobody cares, and nobody gives a rat's ass to their behaviour.
Even the traffic police, sometimes, act busy on their cell phones when someone breaks a rule and they're unable to stop them. They do it for two reasons: either they're too lazy to go for a chase, or they actually fear whoever is inside the car/van/bus.
A time will come when none of us are safe and anyone will be able to do/say whatever they want to us/our families/our loved ones.
He is not protecting his people, and neither is he obeying the law. How will people obey laws if people they should be scared of, act busy in their phones when it happens? It is wrong, and we all must do our part in raising traffic awareness.
If the government were so worried about us all, they would have campaigned and raised awareness on traffic rules. There should be adverts on television about such things, so an average man having chai at a local dhaba can see that if he disobeys the traffic rules he will have to pay his entire month's salary for the cause, and he would hate to do that, wouldn't he?
I really do hope that we, as citizens, can create some form of awareness regarding safety on roads and why it's important to avoid accidents (for your loved ones, for others and so on).
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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 31, 2023 (Friday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||347.5||351|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.11||36.46|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.57||177.58|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Karachi||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Islamabad||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Peshawar||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Quetta||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Sialkot||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Attock||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Gujranwala||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Jehlum||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Multan||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Gujrat||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Nawabshah||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Chakwal||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Hyderabad||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Nowshehra||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Sargodha||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
|Faisalabad||PKR 208,200||PKR 2,470|
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