APPARENTLY, the defence exhibition (Ideas 2012) held at the Expo Centre presented an opportunity of displaying the prowess of military et al. The exhibition, however, became a cause for annoyance with its tremendous security protocol on the crossroads of a thickly-populated and traffic-riddled residential area. The city’s vehicle count compared to its road infrastructure has increased to an alarming proportion. Then, many of the alternate main roads were cordoned off for traffic diversion and at around 5.00pm – the onset of the traffic peak when office-goers return – all hell broke loose. Meanwhile, all the other roads witnessed bumper-to-bumper traffic, tirades between exasperated drivers, brazen flouting of laws and an invective on the higher authorities from everyone, both audible and otherwise.

It would have been well if the authorities could have arranged the exhibition somewhere else and to remember the wants and needs of the common man. But then again if they did, they wouldn’t be Pakistani authorities, would they?

H. IDREES Karachi

Updated Nov 12, 2012 02:53am

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Comments (7) (Closed)

Ammar Moiz
Nov 12, 2012 11:47am
I totally agree with Mr. Idrees, as usual the Armed Forces of Pakistan treated the common man as a third grade citizen. Ammar Karachi.
ali khan
Nov 12, 2012 07:55pm
as always bash the army.. only in pakistan is something that has international recognition looked down upon. i too suffered in the traffic but hey i did not mind. the convention center is there. its one of the only places that can host such an event.. the common man is the same man that should be proud of this event that gives an opportunity for our nation to export something. wake up and stop complaining..give some positive coverage..but noo that can never happen
butt jee
Nov 12, 2012 06:47pm
If it is a nuisance for the Karachites , I recommend next time it should be held at Lahore. I am sure Lahorites being large hearted will not mind this inconvenience for a few days.
Gerry D'Cunha
Nov 12, 2012 01:51pm
javed: had our government and politicians had any common sense in them, would our country be in the state what it is today. they do not even want to follow/learn how foreign countries control their country and people
Nearby resident
Nov 12, 2012 05:57am
I am a nearby resident and had been wondering when someone would highlight this serious problem in the media. The traffic congestion and frustration is one thing but small businesses have been negatively impacted by single lane roads bearing the bulk of highway traffic. In addition a certain area nearby had had its water shut off during the exhibition days. Whether this was security related or a mere diversion of water resources, we would never know. My point is this: there is no shortage of land in Karachi especially near the airport/malir cannt. Can the concerned authorities please show some empathy to the plight of us regular folk and hold this exhibition elsewhere. I'd also like to mention the highlight of this ordeal for me. That involved getting stopped right outside my residence each time I returned home and being asked by rangers personnel whether I owned the house or was renting it. Fool proof security?
Nov 12, 2012 09:37am
It does not make sense to have a high security event like this in the heart of the city. It should be held in a military area away from the city, where there will be more opportunity to showcase the products. The peace demanding citizens dont need another situation due to this highly secure event being mismanaged and leading to an issue. It is not a consumer oriented event which should be held in the heart of the city.
Nov 12, 2012 09:40am
I agree with the blogger,this exhibation should be held at Malir Cantt area or Islamabad.