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KARACHI: Following a recent tragic traffic incident due to underage driving in Lahore, the Lahore traffic police has initiated a strong campaign to uphold traffic laws and this drive should also be replicated in Karachi, said Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor.

He said megacity Karachi is the worst city of Pakistan regarding violation of traffic laws. Hundreds of thousands of drivers are on roads without valid driving licence.

Almost ninety percent of rickshaws here are without number plates. Taxis and rickshaws ply in Karachi without fare meters. Public transport buses and minibuses don’t issue fare tickets to commuters. It is a big mess in the city when talking about traffic rules and regulations, as the traffic police of Karachi is allegedly notoriously corrupt.

Altaf Shakoor said Lahore traffic police are issuing 24000 driving licences, daily. He said Karachi police should issue more than 50000 driving licenses daily, but for that purpose it must increase facilities for citizens who want to get driving licences.

Presently, the driving license branches in Karachi are too less to cater the needs of the megacity. It is required that dozens of more outlets to issue the learning driving licenses should be opened in the city, besides running extensive mobile van service to cater the needs of different neighbourhoods.

He said recently Sindh High Court judge Nadeem Akhtar has issued strict directions to end the chronic traffic mess and roadside encouragements in Karachi and these directives should be followed in letter and spirit. He said it is high time to make Karachi a traffic-disciplined city and this journey should start from the door of Karachi traffic police department.

Separately, PDP Chairman Altaf Shakoor expressed serious concern over resumption of the genocide of the innocent people of Gaza at the hands of occupation army of Israel. He demanded of the world community and international bodies like the UNO to take notice of the war crimes of Israel and save the innocent people of Palestine, especially women and children, from this brutal genocide.

However, PDP Chairman also expressed concern over not allowing Dr Fowzia Siddiqui to meet her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui in FMC CarsWell jail, USA and demanded of the US administration to allow Dr Fowzia Siddiqui to meet her jailed sister.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Muhammad Nasir Dec 04, 2023 02:47pm
I believe that traffic police personnel should be given proper training before assigning their duties on the roads similar to other countries.
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