I WOULD like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards VIP movements in Karachi which cause a lot of problems for the people.

These movements are so frequent that they create numerous hardships for the citizens of Karachi.

Traffic comes to a halt and motorists cannot move freely.

People heading for their offices or students for their educational institutions all get stuck.

The same holds true for people who want to go to a hospital or attend a funeral.

Patients fight for survival inside ambulances -- all thanks to VIP movements. You often miss a book exhibition or arrive late at a wedding ceremony due to the same reason.

The VIP movement of the president, prime minister or any other high official is not properly announced in newspapers or on the electronic media. Therefore, citizens become unsuspecting preys to these.

The law-enforcement agencies never provide an alternative route to the people.

Hours pass by at a snail’s pace while people remain stuck on roads and streets.

People reach their destinations late as a result of this.

Sometimes it becomes a matter of life and death for them.

Many crimes also take place while people are stuck on roads in their vehicles due to these VIP movements.

I hope that the authorities concerned would do something about it on an urgent basis.

TAHA SIDDIQUI Karachi

Updated May 22, 2013 08:33am

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Comments (7) (Closed)


Agha Ata (USA)
May 22, 2013 12:51pm
In most countries of the world, police cars run at a five minutes distance ahead of the VIP's cavalcade, and stop the traffic, and all is over within 10 minutes.
Syed Ahmed
May 22, 2013 01:26pm
I am living in the Ontario province of Canada since last 10 years but never saw a VIP movement on the road or air terminals, except the Mayor of Mississauga who seen was walking with the Carassauga Festival procession in the Square One Mall. The eighty-five years old lady had only one unarmed uniformed person, probably Security Guard, following her at a distance of five feet. This is because the entire city, province and the country is kept secure by the concerned agencies.
Ankahi Baatein
May 22, 2013 03:20pm
This so called VIP Movement is a disgrace for those who call themselves "Democratic Representatives" of the people! Why do they fear for their lives when they claim themselves to be so popular among the masses? They have no right to make us suffer from the discomfort and hardship they cause by blocking common thoroughfares.
Jawwad
May 22, 2013 05:55pm
Well that's because you are a "Riaya" and not Public. Has this ever become part of manifesto of any political party? Being a Muslim, shouldn't God decide who will become a VIP when we go up there?
Baber
May 22, 2013 12:00pm
Why this not applies to Islamabad?? :-)
M. Alvi
May 23, 2013 01:46am
I have lived in USA for 45 years. I have not seen security for any official, other than the president.
Husain Jan
May 23, 2013 05:19am
Readers would also like to know as how many security guards are provided to MPAs at govt expense in Canada.