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Ghost cops

I often wonder at the logic behind many steps taken by the DHA authorities. There was no need to make Khayaban-e-Shamsheer a one-way road (it is perhaps the widest road in DHA). Everyday I see motorists openly ignoring the road signs and going the wrong way. And now, to make matters worse, the DHA is removing speed-breakers from most roads. At least, in the absence of traffic police, the speed-breakers ensured that the traffic slowed down, but now (with most traffic signals out of order), the chances of accidents will substantially increase.

I also wonder why most of the DHA is without traffic cops (except for the few who are posted near Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s house and those of other VVIPs). I won’t be surprised if one day it will be found that most traffic cops supposed to be working in the DHA are ‘ghost cops’ who turn up only to collect their salaries.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Published in The News, February 13, 2012

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