As the Country Sizzles, People Take Refuge Inside ATMs

They do say that where there is a will, there is a way. And that desperate times call for desperate measures.

As many cities in Pakistan continue to sizzle under the full glare of the summer heat, ordinary people are being literally left out to dry. The politicians want us to know that all is well, but the reality is something else altogether.

Nothing drives this point home than a few pictures that are being widely circulated over social media and Whatsapp. Let’s take a look at them first:

Us Pakistanis like to pride ourselves on our ‘jugaars’ (shortcuts) and that also seems to be the case when it comes to creative ways of beating the heat.

ATMs are for more than just withdrawing whatever little money our bank accounts hold. But did you know they also happen to have fully functional air-conditioners? It was only a matter of time before some enterprising souls put two and two together, and decided to camp in one.

Call it genius or something that was right under our very noses, but some students decided to make the most of the situation and beat the heat (literally).

If you pay attention to the picture, you could make out at least two people who are ‘chilling’ inside the ATM. And to ensure that no one disturbs their AC-filled sojourn at the ATM, they decided to put their literary skills to use by slapping an ‘Out of Service’ message for others passing by.

Their attempt at hiding in plain sight, while cute, didn’t really hold for that much longer. Even though people say that there’s strength in numbers, in this particular case this ‘strength’ made their attempts at stealth virtually useless.

But hey, bonus points for at least trying and getting some much needed ‘thandi hawa’ in while they could right?

It seems that the students were also accompanied by a security guard or two; joining in and getting their slice of AC heaven when they can.

And as it is with most folks with these days, if there ain’t a selfie to mark the occasion, it probably didn’t happen in the first place. Some citizens from Karachi decided to do away with the pretense and flaunt their newfound ‘azadi’ inside an ATM machine.

One can’t help but wonder why is it that only HBL ATMs are preferred by the common man to partake in some cool and refreshing air. Unlike their customer service, those ACs in the ATMs work as intended.

Note: While you may have come across these pictures with differing captions, they still illustrate one thing pretty clearly. Do you have it what it takes to beat the heat in 40 degree plus temperatures?

Have you seen people in your vicinity do the same? Or have you done it yourself? Sound off in the comments below!

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


  • Adnan

    Aise Mousam Main Banks Ko Chahyeh k Wo ATM Machine Band Kar K Logo Ko AC Ki Sahulat Farham Kare :

    It’s Better than to Cash Withdraw

  • Karachi Wala

    KARACHI, once upon a time,
    Was known for it’s education, manners, innovation and advancement !

    Alas ! Jab sai paindoos shifted from other cities to karachi, they bought their own illiterate culture and habits with them.

    And this is karachi now in 2018.

    In the above picture, the faces explain the ‘ tehzeed, aadab and outhna baithna ‘ of such kind of people.

    So, ATMs will be used for such purpose by those peopeople.

    • hooman

      You should make your own gated community where only high class people can live. IDK whether you’re aware of this or not but the most influential high class people are the biggest thieves in the city because they can get away with it unlike ordinary people. Best of luck to you and your enclave of thieves.

    • C

      No, it’s the citizens of Karachi’s fault because they voted for a political party again and again for 30 years without seeing an ounce of improvement in the city. The political party of “namaloom afraad” with an expertise of bori-making, fitra parchi-issuing, bhatta-collecting, and burning people alive. And then you wonder what has happened to Karachi.

      • Arsalan Shah

        Then who were they supposed to vote for? Party of 10% Shaheeds or 20% Shareefs? xD Or 15% Pashtuns? They voted for qurbani ki khaal party, as they don’t have any other choice !!!

  • seefi_boy

    I think ATM machines bank ki walls pay bana leni chahye jaisi foreign countries main hain aur aisa AC room zaroorat mand logo k liye banks ko wakq kar dena chahye. Un logo ki duawoo se hi banks k businesses full speed progress karay gay…

  • hooman

    jugaar doesn’t mean shortcut. it means improvisation in the face of scarce resources.

  • Talal

    اس حرام زدگی کا لوڈشیڈنگ سے کوئی تعلق نہیں

    • Arsalan Shah

      To phir loadshedding ka kis se ta’aluq hai? Quote “Agar maine 6 maheenay main loadshedding khatam nahin kar di to mera naam Shehbaz Sharif nahin” hahahahahahaha….

      • Talal

        یوتھیا جی اول اے ٹی ایم سونے کے لئے نہیں پیسے نکلوانے والوں کے لئے ہے.
        دوئم اے سی میں سونے کا بہت شوق ہے تو کالج کی لائبریری یا کسی بس اڈے کے ویٹنگ ہال میں جا کر سو مر لو. وہاں اے سی لگا ہوتا ہے.
        سوئم، لوڈشیڈنگ کافی حد تک ختم ہوچکی ہے. اب یوتھیا بجلی آنے پر نہیں بجلی جانے پر خوش ہوتا ہے.

        • Libra 4

          Haa Haa. This was good.

        • Muhammad Muaaz

          bohat hi alaa jawab dia hai,, har cheez ko govt ki taraf tanqqed k liye use karna hamari qoom ka waterea ban gya hai…