Girls outnumber boys in Rescue 1122 prank calls

Published: August 24, 2011

Data revealed that 0.53 million prank calls were received from girls; 0.46 million calls from boys.

Data revealed that 0.53 million prank calls were received from girls; 0.46 million calls from boys. Data revealed that 0.53 million prank calls were received from girls; 0.46 million calls from boys.

If you believed that girls making prank calls is less likely than boys, then it’s time you changed your views. Data released by Rescue 1122, revealed that girls carried out a greater number of prank calls to the rescue service than boys.

The statistics show that the Punjab emergency service Rescue 1122 received a total of 1.08 million “obnoxious and irrelevant” calls at the emergency number 1122 since its inception in District Rawalpindi.

The data revealed that 0.537 million calls were received from girls, whereas 0.462 million calls were received from boys.

Additionally, 32,437 calls were made by minors, 2,460 musical calls, 51,450 abusive calls and 1,560 were irrelevant calls.

Fine and imprisonment for prank callers

The Rescue 1122 team takes legal actions against prank callers that include imprisonment upto six months or a fine of Rs50,000 or in some cases, both.

The course of action involves the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s assistance in blocking the numbers from which the prank calls are made.

However, lodging an FIR and taking legal actions only occurs in serious situations.

Correction: An earlier version of the story had incorrectly stated the number of calls. The correction has been made.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • IZ
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:23PM

    100 million prank calls? What is wrong with people???


  • sarcastic
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:47PM

    @IZ: What else does a ‘faarigh qaum’ do? :p


  • Adeel Ahmed
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:49PM

    How can people have so much time to waste that they call 1122 for a prank call…
    don’t they realise they could be risking someone’s safety by keeping the line busy?
    Do people not have any common sense?


  • hamza tahir
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:06PM

    @Adeel Ahmed: no


  • Anonymous
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:15PM

    This is Parha Likha Punjab :P


  • Aug 24, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Most of the girls around us prove boys be more intelligent and practical than them. As for these girls, I think they do genuinely need help!


  • shahid
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:25PM

    “However, lodging an FIR and taking legal actions only occurs in serious situations.”

    still they believe this is not a serious situation…let them enjoy!!!! prank calls.

    they should take seriuos action against these absurd people !!!!
    if a wrong or a prank call comes to their houses and their mother and sister pick the lines. how they will responce…….?????

    Man! this is one organization where some body hurts them, they reach to help them.Recommend

  • Ali Imran
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:26PM

    What a nation :$Recommend

  • MS - Mariya
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Shame! Prank callers should be named and shamed publicly. Start putting their names and address in newspaper and see how prank calls end.


  • Rizwan Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Its really sad to know that people abusing this great service. It does not make any sense to demand the betterment of the service when people themselves abusing this service.


  • Aug 24, 2011 - 4:46PM

    LOL@ musical calls!


  • Majid
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:47PM

    What is wrong with Pakistani girls. Looks like girls will keep continuing prank calling and boys will continue being talibanized.


  • Aug 24, 2011 - 4:52PM

    Read again. It’s 1 million.


  • Usman Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Well well well! Subhan Allah!


  • abc
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Oh my. I know this solution is not ideal, but give Rescue1122 the ability to charge hefty sums of money to the prank callers via PTCL . Or something of the sort. This is madness.


  • jeewaji
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:30PM

    What a shame!! We as a nation are wanting to have a system and yet we are the ones who miss use it the most. How can then we except the police to take the calls seriously and act on it. Shame on people who are doing the prank calls. These people should be caught and fined heavily.


  • Aug 24, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Punjab Government need build more vocational centers in their province.


  • Irtiza Rizvi
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:15PM

    Farigh qoum sey wat else can we expect? This country is drowning in every way and form. From suiced attacks to target killings to war to economy pverty no jobs no nothing and so called “Pakistani Patriots” are indulged in such activites. And Majority is the YOUTH! Shame on such youth.

    Is this the best they can do for there country? lol

    These are the side effects of media. What else you can expect from a Nation who breeds on immoral, unethical, un religious 24/7 indian/pakistani movies, dramas & songs etc.


  • Mj
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:16PM

    I am in full agreement with your suggestion. Make it a minimum fine of 1000rs for first time offense and see prank calls drop by 90% overnight.


  • Shaam
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:50PM

    Shame on you GIRLS


  • Sonia Amjad
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Lawless and clueless group of young generation and so are their parents who have failed to teach them good ethics. Would they do the same in Uk calling 999 or in US calling 911. There is upto $2500 fine for making a false call in some US states or they get arrested. Why don’t they impose such laws in Pakistan. If they get arrested atleast it will wake the parents up. Daddy will run for shifarish and mommy will switch off her Star Plus. Pakistani so called new generation with misuse of cellphones should be sent to drawing-room of some thana. Ouch mommy! hurt ho raa hay…thanay dar uncle nay mara hai… Once it will come in the media that people are getting heavy fines and getting arrested it will all eventually stop.Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:09PM

    When half of the population is forced to stay at home they would find ways to entertain themselves all day long. I don’t blame these girls. Atleast its better than watching cheap Indian dramas.


  • abc
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:29PM

    @ abdussamad and Syed and to the people who thumbed them up:

    Be sensitive to the situation in your country. Misusing emergency services is not a lol-ing or a means of passing time. Please educate yourselves and your family members if they are participants.


  • Pakistani
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Stupid ppl..playing around with some1s life..shame on u prank callers..


  • Uncle Sam
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:03PM

    well you have sort of identified the underlying reason. Our misogynist society has rid itself of female influence. The females are banished to the confines with not much access to outer world. We have destroyed the mindset of our female population.

    Just as the macho/faithful/pious males are responsible for the violence/conservative mindset which results in Talibanisation, they are equally responsible for all bad things the female find themselves in.


  • Waseem
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:43PM

    How is taking someones life better then watching indian drama? please explain in detail as i might not understand that by prank calling you might be taking away the life who geniuenly needs some assitance. please please clearly explain how it is better..

  • Fiaz Ur Rehman Tanoli
    Aug 24, 2011 - 10:43PM

    Fine should be increased up to 500,000 rupees. Statistics are showing that we are not a serious Nation. Recommend

  • Aug 24, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Girl population outnumbers boy population as well so the story should have considered percent ratio based on population vs prank calls. The issue is grave and not that superficial. It’s a collective national immaturity that we all suffer from. We see the results, everyday!


  • Aug 24, 2011 - 11:03PM

    Girl population outnumbers boy population as well so the story should have considered percent ratio based on population vs prank calls. The issue is grave and not that superficial. It is the collective national immaturity that we all suffer from. We see the results, everyday!


  • adeel
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:03AM


  • hid
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Wow!! way to go girls!!!!!

    I don’t mind receiving girls’ prank calls…my number is 03xx-xxxxxxx …. Oh cumon’ ET, don’t censor it!!!!!!


  • Taha Rizvi
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:14AM

    And we, the boys, are called nalaiq :P


  • Pakistani Canadian
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:34AM


    Actually, girls do not outnumber boys in Pakistan. Wikipedia has the following breakdown for our country;

    Sex ratio at birth: 1.10 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    15–64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.82 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2006 est.)


    So, the only time more women exist than men, they are above the age of 65. Having said that, the gender differences would not really matter anyway, because as you can see from the above breakdown, there isn’t a big enough difference in the numbers.


  • Obaid khan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:16AM

    This is not mc Donald or KFC that these girls are making pranks calls to ,, they should realize that its an origination made to help people who are really indeed of help .. it may sound funny and enjoyable act but they must know that they are sure-ly responsible for the deaths which could be prevented in that time .. and on the of judgment they will questioned .. we are going astray just because we are going away from over religion

    may ALLAH guide us all


  • Nawaz S
    Aug 25, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Its the same people that block the path of an ambulance in a traffic jam and who crowd outside burning buildings. TAMASHBEEN LOG.Recommend

  • AH Mughal
    Aug 25, 2011 - 6:12AM

    Our entertainment preferences have changed over time. Previously we used to have benign sort of fun but nowadays, regardless of either sex, we are developing treacherous character, and we are deemed to suffer in future. Rawalpindi is considered as one of the more literate of the societies in Pakistan, but this attitude clearly defies such perception.


  • A.O
    Aug 25, 2011 - 9:47AM

    This type of articles reflects the true picture that why we don’t deserve gud facilities in this country.


  • sajjad
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Interesting comments (37). What an interesting artical or some thing else.


  • wasim
    Aug 26, 2011 - 10:43AM

    I sugust to impose fine of Rs 100 and collect through cellular comany, by deducting the balance of user and depositing in govt treasury with help of PTA, see the results to end prank calls.


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