A video of a traffic warden standing up to a Navy deep amid a traffic incident is making rounds on the Internet.
This traffic warden in Karachi was not about to let Karachi’s Navy bully their way through Karachi traffic.
Salute to the brave traffic warden!! pic.twitter.com/9Wl38bHn1q
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) July 26, 2019
Plenty of people believe that ‘army officials also enjoy privilege’ in this country. Time and again, we hear of statements and stories that like certain bureaucrats and politicians, even military men plow through hurdles.
Citizens even say that army officials are capable of making and breaking laws without being held accountable. This includes violating the traffic rules and thinking they will get away with it.
Karachi Navy’s Traffic Incident
One Karachi traffic warden was not about to let that happen on his watch. As a Navy jeep tried to have its way through Karachi’s infamous traffic, one traffic warden stood in their way and had them re-route the jeep. He wasn’t about to let this vehicle just plow through traffic because it belonged to the Navy (it’s not an ambulance after all).
The warden stood his ground, and stood right in front of the jeep when it was violating the rules and made sure that the driver followed the law. The warden explained to Karachi’s Navy men that they need to uphold the integrity of law just like every civilized citizen.
Bravo Warden ! 💪💪
Pray for the life safety of this poor Trafic Police Warden stopping a military Vehicle cause of violating the traffic rules pic.twitter.com/8DHDGpYTNx
— Shahzad Shafi (@shahzadShafi007) July 26, 2019
He made sure the driver turned around and followed the rules like everyone else. While people lauded the bravery of the traffic warden, they also feared for his safety.
Citizens for Accountability
That’s when netizens pitched in to do their part to protect this traffic warden.
Allah esay maghroor army officers ko taba o barbad kray jo Qanoon our Ayeen ki khelaaferzi kerthay hien, Aameen
— Ahmed 🕊️🌷 (@Afnan882255) July 27, 2019
I hope Military Officers shall not deal it "PERSONALLY". It's matter of law violation, they shall look it as per their laws and rules.
— Ehsan Ahmed (@ehsanchachar) July 28, 2019
They even called on higher authorities to hold the Karachi Navy officials accountable.
— 🕋 ιмran ѕнeιĸн -شيخ عمران 🕋 (@ImranImvu) July 26, 2019
This kind of videos swell my chest with pride
If you have some sort of legal power you should not bow to the wrong mighty ones.
— M A IMRAN LODHI (@MAIMRANLODHI1) July 26, 2019
Some people think the Karachi Navy men were not abusing position and privilege, it’s an ‘old school mentality’ issue. Nonetheless, the law should be equal to everyone.
It's not about Army
This is pathetic bloody old school mentality shown by this individual driver in uniform.
The Mind set needs to be changed. Really shameful. If someone can identify number plate serious action can be taken against this indl.
— Hassan (@CourageousPAK) July 26, 2019
It’s about all the “sarkari” elite class either army, civil servants, politicians, their familyrelatives, lawyers and a long list
— Dr sehar sarfraz (@sehar_sarfraz) July 26, 2019
Rewarding What’s Right
While people are waiting on Karachi Navy to hold their men accountable (have them re-take their driver’s license test perhaps), the Sindh Police went ahead to reward the traffic warden.
The traffic warden who stopped the Navy officials from going the wrong way at Karachi’s Saddar area received an appreciation certificate from IGP Sindh.
Hero of the year. 💪 pic.twitter.com/X3l5Yawzh9
— Arshad Yousafzai (@Arshadyousafzay) July 27, 2019
The people of Karachi are all onboard for this brave civil security officer being lauded for his efforts.
Wish & pray for safety of courageous constable and the officer who recognized him !
— HNJ (@nabijans) July 27, 2019
But the people feel appreciation isn’t enough. The man deserves a promotion.
What this traffic warden really did was set an example for others to stand up to privileged people who think that the law doesn’t apply to them.