This Electric Pole in the Middle of the Road in Peshawar is an ‘Engineering Marvel’

There’s stupid and then there’s a special kind of stupid.

A few days ago, this picture of a crashed car went viral over social media:

These electrical poles serve a very vital function in Pakistani society. They just mind their own business, unlike most people we know.

In fact, even in most areas of the country that only have electricity for a few hours of the day, they at least keep the high-tension wires away from folks who just want to go about their lives (and not get a rude shock in the process, literally speaking).

Where Can You Find This Marvel?

Now coming back to the subject in the picture above, this engineering marvel of a pole is situated in Peshawar. More specifically, it is situated at Sabzali town (back side), Warsak Road, Peshawar.

It seems like this pole has seen its fair share of action by virtue of being deployed in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But what if someone told you, that this pole wasn’t the only one to lean on like a Michael Jackson dance move? As per eyewitness accounts, there are two poles like this – on the same road!

But wait a minute. We live in a world of fake news and a nifty lil program called Photoshop. How are we supposed to judge a random picture doing the rounds on the internet?

As it happens, someone just went and confirmed that this Leaning Tower of Peshawar is indeed as legitimate as it gets:

We bet even Vin Diesel (of the Fast and the Furious Fame) could not survive this death-defying corner of a road, ably supported by that wrongly placed pole in the middle of the turn.

Now for the questions that are on everyone’s minds? Who is responsible for this monstrosity and why is nothing being done about this stationary death trap in what appears to be a rather dangerous and narrow road.

One intrepid tweeter mentions that this is the property of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company. Since reports say that the pole was laid into the newly constructed road later on, the electricity distribution company is solely to blame in this case.

Jokes aside, this matter needs to be resolved at the earliest. The pole has already caused a few accidents and injuries ever since it was installed. The authorities in question need to make up for this snafu before some precious lives are lost due to this. Like we mentioned in the beginning, there’s carelessness, and then there’s stupid ignorance. The installation of this electric pole seems to be a bit of both.

Credits to Mumtaz

Samir heads the sponsored content department at ProPakistani. He also looks after the Life section.


  • Waqas

    this is result of “lack of coordination” between departments. Moving towers away to another place is long task and wapda is too lazy on it.

  • Ali Sher

    signs of NAYA Pakistan in Peshawar, we know what kinda improvement they brought in . Rubbish

    • FuriousNinja

      There are also other sectors apart from infrastructure. You do know that?

      Unlike Punjab where roads are priority while health and education sector can bite the dust for all they care.

      • Ali Khan

        That’s why all, KPK residents visit PIMS, Islamabad for treatment

        • furqan hakeem

          this shift will not take a long time

        • Muhammad Aftab

          And Rulers of Islamabad Visit London for Treatment.

    • Kashif

      bhai jaan me un ki taraf dari to nahi karonga but punjab me bhi aik to me khud dekh chuka hon – 100% same scene. oper mere comment parh lo please.

  • ahmed

    pti performance and what they have done exposed. pti is an illusion.

  • Waqas

    yahoodi ke sazish

    • Anas Singularity

      haha

  • Bhola Sanyara

    just imagining this pole in lahore and PTI brigade’s reaction.

    • Qasim57

      We have overflowing sewage in major parts of Lahore, especially older areas. Reaction is minimal

  • ahmadnowaz

    More photos?

  • Abdullah Safdar

    Wtf?!!

  • Malik

    Naya Pakistan

  • Muhammad Farrukh Mehboob

    Funny how people call it fake just because it highlighted irresponsibility of PTI’s administration and wapda.
    You don’t have to be a patwari to highlight mistakes of PTI.

  • Muhammad Farrukh Mehboob

    This is way too ridiculous

  • Ali

    Last time I checked, “Peshawar” was in France and was known as “Paris”, isn’t? Am I misinformed?

  • Gulfam Mustafa

    This kind of engineering exists everywhere in Pakistan. A couple of days ago, I found similar road with electric polls in middle of the road in Quaid-i-Azam Market Faisalabad. One similar road also exists in Lodhran (Railway Road), my hometown.

    • عثمان احمد

      share pictures please

  • Tayyab

    Got worried for a second there that ProPTI got hacked while reading this story, however writer put my faith back in humanity by selecting a random tweet and putting the blame squarely back on federal govt. All is well that ends well, I guess.

  • Owaiis

    Kamaal hai hamari qoum

  • Kashif

    mere susral wale village me bhi same scene tha – ptcl ka pole tha aur wo us ko hata bhi nahi rahe the – har week koi na koi accedent bhi ho jata tha – phir Allah jaza de us truck wale ko jis ne takar mar k us ko bilkul hi jahanum wasal kar diya – lagta he ab ptcl k paas us ko wapsi lagane ka budget nahi he :P

  • Irfan

    What came first chicken or egg,
    Same thing is applied here, Was the poll installed first or the road was built first.
    In with case both engineers were the dumbest we have seen in out times.

  • Carl

    WTF…. who plan, develop this road.

  • Farrukh Siddique

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4deee7f95f99facb86193e079c59f9f26fdba7c302fa3e84c882966e4a683b01.jpg There is no dearth of these marvers in our everyday life in pakistan. I don’t have a picture but I come across these two in my daily routine. This is Rawalpindi Cantt, close to GHQ

  • Farrukh Siddique

    Someone deleted my earlier post for unknown reasons…..probably some moderator….. doubting authenticity of the information. Now I have obtained pictures and attaching google maps image.
    The photos were snapped with GPS tag enabled.

    I said that these marvels of engineering are not hard to find. I come across these two poles in my daily commute…… sitting in midst of Rawalpindi Cantonment (Lalkurti Area) awaiting for a sane thought by authorities. Zoom in images to find marks vehicles, mostly bikes, hitting the poles

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4deee7f95f99facb86193e079c59f9f26fdba7c302fa3e84c882966e4a683b01.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6257c44a68f322dd12f4e832bbe6fa3226e21ddca899e582abb7b25e2a9ff15a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60081e40d0e1214f135f77d59384b4c8fb4d5484a9cce32aad5dce213349c886.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53917d9681656b547fd7a42f2f5d17354ea2d5a512b7b9afdb4575f0791195eb.jpg