Jamshed Dasti: You have no idea who I am!

Published: July 29, 2013

“You have no idea about the powers of MNAs. You will regret this,” Dasti threatened two patrolling officers. PHOTO: Express/Shahid Saeed

ISLAMABAD: 

Just as people in glass houses should not hurl stones, people in parliament houses should not hurl threats.

Member of the National Assembly Jamshed Dasti, who based his election campaign on slogans of representing the “non-elites” and the middle-class of the country, recently demonstrated the same typical elitist behaviour associated with those walking the corridors of power.

Dasti threatened motorway police officers with “grave consequences” after the latter had the ‘audacity’ to pull him over for speeding. Never mind that it was the fourth time they had signalled for the speedy MNA to stop his Toyota Hilux.

The earlier three attempts to stop the speedy MNA’s pickup truck proved futile.

“You have no idea about the powers of MNAs. You will regret this,” Dasti threatened two patrolling officers on the Islamabad-Peshawar motorway after they issued him a Rs700 speeding ticket.

The two-term MNA, a man of humble origins who defeated the father of former foreign minister Hina Khar in a landslide electoral victory using the ‘man-of-the-people’ approach, was not driving himself, rather it was his driver who was behind the wheel at “dangerously high speed”, according to police officials.

The speed camera first detected Dasti a few kilometres short of the Swabi interchange. The police patrol stationed a kilometre ahead signalled for him to stop, but Dasti instructed his driver to speed up instead. The police got on his tail. The patrols ahead were informed. The MNA’s car was signalled to stop again a short distance up the road, and again decided to give the police a run.

However, the cops remained adamant. By this time, they had identified the car as belonging to Dasti, and knew he was an MNA, but refused to give up the chase. The police erected traffic cones on the road a few metres short of the Swabi interchange.

Here, the MNA’s driver was finally forced to slow down the pickup truck. But the MNA was not ready to give up. He had other ideas. He decided to try and escape via GT Road using the Swabi interchange exit.

The cops were quick to anticipate the MNA’s plan, though even they were confused whether the parliamentarian was trying to protect his ‘izzat’ or his Rs700.

The police finally blocked the MNA’s vehicle and left him with no option but to step out — with four armed bodyguards surrounding him.

“You know this has never happened before. No one has ever dared to stop me,” Dasti told the policemen — senior patrolling officers (SPO) Imtiaz Ahmed and Atta Muhammad. The patrolling officers remained courteous and politely informed the MNA that everyone, an MNA or a layman, was equal before the law.

His armed bodyguards also quarrelled with the patrolling officers and tried to create a scene, the motorway police officer said. “I will get you transferred to Balochistan. You do not know my powers,” the MNA went on to boast. The policemen politely replied that they were ready to serve wherever the government posted them.

The MNA flatly refused to accept the speeding ticket and the police refused to let him go without it. After some arguments, the MNA gave up and paid the fine before moving on to motorway exit and heading for Peshawar.

The police officers must be thinking what will happen next. Would they be transferred to Balochistan — considered one of the toughest postings for police officers from other provinces?

That is not yet certain, but the cops should still be prepared for a call to appear before the National Assembly privilege committee, as the MNA would undoubtedly wail about the breach of privilege and his izzat on the first available opportunity in the assembly.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (83)

  • Shocked
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:12AM

    Disgusting…Can anyone tell me if this has been reported in Urdu media?? Also, can this please be made viral on SOCIAL MEDIA, ET you can feature it on your Facebook page?
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    But yeah anyone know if it’s been reported in Urdu media? Recommend

  • Pak Man
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:04AM

    He should resign

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  • Syed Motasim Ahmed
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:31AM

    the same old story .. we are a looser nation .. sigh

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  • Ch. Usman Ali
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:22AM

    absolute power corrupts absolutely
    Song remains the same

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 12:21PM

    Well done motory way police!Recommend

  • Baset
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:27PM

    What a joke to be honest !!!

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  • Mazhar
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:29PM

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with us? This was the guy who was
    Portrayed as champion of the people & now he is the one who act like hitler himself.

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  • Fine
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:34PM

    they issued him a Rs700 speeding ticket.
    I think for MNAs, MPAs and ministers fine amount must be great around Rs.70,000 rather Rs.700 only, they will not care of this.

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  • Rand0m
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:34PM

    Good on you PMP you have done what you are recruited for and you shouldn’t settle for any less. Anyone who breaks the law should face the consequences be it a MP or PM. I would request ET to send the details to Speaker NA so that he can read out loud in the NA.

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  • PAKhtoon
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:42PM

    Salute to the Police Officer…..Motorway Police Zindabad

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Salute to the police wala. I hope media gives this incidence enough coverage and the hype will help in fixing brains of such parliamentarians.

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  • Dr. Khalid
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:01PM

    I salute those police officers. ET, good job for this news. I hope the media keep play such a positive role. Media is the only hope left to uncover the dirty ones.

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  • Jyala
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:02PM

    What else you can expect from the fake degree holder

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  • ABKhan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:06PM

    When he announced his support for PML-N, it was apparent this guy cant be clean

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  • Babablacksheep
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:10PM

    media should support these two officer if dasti try to use his power and do some thing nasty with them.Don`t let him set a bad example for the other honest officers.

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  • faraz
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:13PM

    Typical Pakistani behavior when confronted with law. These so called ‘Elites’ have caused unimaginable damage to this country. Kick him out of NA forever!

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  • jumbo khan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:15PM

    brave police man

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  • ahmed
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:17PM

    for 700 PKR he can go this far, what will happen with millions and billions are in sight.

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  • AAA
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Pity on Dasti. He managed to get a U-Turn and get some respect after immense effort. After this news, he is back to “Zero”

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  • Asif khokher
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Police officers should be promoted. Dasti should resign. Ths is not the behavior of MNA we need.

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  • MA
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:37PM

    Rs 700 fine!,, what a joke, that money would have hardly covered the fuel expense that the police cars used for the chase…

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:42PM

    I salute those Police officiers..nice job….Hope Allah keep you guys safe and sound….

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  • Ali S
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Same old attitude from the ‘MNA of the people’, but those police officers are true unsung heroes. Sadly, it seems like this only happens when you’re near Islamabad because they can’t take any chances.

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  • qzj00
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Why are we complaining? Don’t we, the people, deserve him? After-all, this is the guy who was sent to jail for fake degree and still managed to get elected by us , the people!.

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  • Asif Butt
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:46PM

    @Dr. Khalid:

    And media is run by angels , it seems …

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  • Zafar Iqbal Awan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:46PM

    Motorway Police is under overhauling by the honest and competent IGP Zulfiqar Cheema. I strongly believe that the courageous job done by both Police Officers shall be appreciated at the highest levels. Even Jamshed Dasti MNA is a leader of masses. He should appreciate the working of Motorway Police and invite both the officers at Parliament and award them commendation certificates through federal minister communication. These small acts of leaders have paramount impacts in improving the moral values in the society.

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  • Harris
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:47PM

    Is this a report or a comment? If it is a report, maybe the writer should have editorialized less and focused more on meeting fairness standards – such as talking to the MNA himself?

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  • Rozi Khan Burki
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:52PM

    So it was a drama seeing him walking on foot and busy serving the flood victims

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  • Xnain
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:53PM

    “The police officers must be thinking what will happen next. Would they be transferred to Balochistan — considered one of the toughest postings for police officers from other provinces?”
    IG police Zulfiqar A Cheema is a person of integrity and good repute. Dasti can try all he want, I hope IG PMP will make his any such potential efforts futile.

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  • bilal
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:56PM

    shame on us for electing him.

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  • S
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Shocked and disgusted

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  • abc
    Jul 29, 2013 - 2:14PM

    He must have been charged with additional charges including breaking the speed limits, escaping police arrest and reckless driving putting the lives of people in danger.

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  • Usman Jamshed
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Salute to those Police Officers.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Iftikhar Hussain
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:31PM

    After reading this , i am not surprised as they are the leaders elected by us …we are the ones who supported them due to their heart touchy slogans ,,,, and once they are a part of parliment then they are not among us … They are supernaturals

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  • omair
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:33PM

    If this is true I am proud that Pakistan has such police officers as well..
    If activists and NGOS want to fight they should fight for these officers who stopped him.

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 3:40PM

    A good job Motorway Police. Dastis will come and Dastis will go, the MotorWay Police is for ever.

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  • Muhammad Rabeel
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:00PM

    I saw a News when in UAE capital police fined UAE foriegn Minister son of late Sheikh Zayed on using Mobile Phone and later he appriciated this act on his twitter profile,what a man and here thirdclass MNAs act like worst in world

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  • IHB
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Typical Pakistani Political mindset….. The Politicians think that they get votes and they can do anything in this country without being asked for and wen they are caught and sent to jail they come out as ghazis…. and shame on all those who voted for such ppl.

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  • Muhammad Atif Khan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:02PM

    The newspapers should provide contact information for all the MNA’s etc, so that we as the PEOPLE can contact them and try to induce some sense into them…

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Kudos to the Motorway Police. Shame on Dasti and any other wadera, politician and general. I am from Punjab and my father served in Army but this just can’t be tolerated anymore.

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  • Tariq
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Resisting a police officer is a criminal offence. I’m surprised no one has taken this up. If the courts do not prosecute the elite of wrong doing how can they expect to enforce law on the common man.

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  • Dyna Poocher
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:59PM

    I’m surprised to see such honesty from our motorway police. Well done

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  • JK
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Very well done motorway police officers, you have earned a great amount of respect for yourself in our hearts, and hopefully your loyalty would not be threatened by some mere transfers.Bravo Motorway police and Zulfiqar cheema who is spearheading the department.

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  • Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:23PM

    A boy was stopped by the police at Shahre-Faisal, Karachi. They asked him to produce the legal documents. The boy did so without telling them his real identity. Boy had already telephoned for another car to pick him up. The other car arrived. Police got a little confused and asked the other car’s members who the boy was? The policemen were told he was the son of the then President Pervez Musharraf. That’s what true leaders and their families are like.

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:53PM

    In a civilized country like Germany, laws are the Alpha and Omega of the vital society. Similarly as the most beloved blasphemy law of the Pakistani society in its implementation!

    This Dasti and most of his political colleagues have a little village approach and thinking to life. Impudently trespassing and mocking the laws is the big kick they get in their sick egos.

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  • Nauman Achakzai
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Kudos Pakistani Awaam!

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  • SM
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:06PM

    WAY TO GO MOTORWAY POLICE… I wish every cop in Pakistan was like this and not scared for their job when these crooked politicians overstep their powers and get away with murder literally. JOB WELL DONE !!!!

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  • King
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:28PM

    Should have arrested him and his guards!!!!

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  • Khalid Rauf
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Commendable Cops with sense of duty and responsibility. Hats off for them.Mr Dasti the law maker has lost a chance for gaining respect (provided by Al`lah ) to him. Pity Dasti .You have pulled yourself down.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:52PM

    That is why Pakistan is considered the most dangerous and lawless country when the law makers break the law and has complete disregard for the law of the land and constitution. My hat is off to the highway patrol officers, job well done and you have more respect in my eyes than this good for nothing MNA. By the way the police in the US will haul the likeness of his Highness to the jail for eluding the law, congress man or no congress man because it is serious crime.

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  • Jul 29, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Hats off to brave and dutiful policemen…it’s an example of their dedication and loyalty to land of Jinnah.

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  • Lazy Genius
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:04PM

    what an idiot… should have been arrested for trying to evade the police… he should be thank full to the police that they let him go for just 700 fine… had he done this anywhere else in the world he would have ended up behind bars…

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  • Faez
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:04PM

    @MA: It is not about the amount of the fine, but what it signifies…the law. For such a small amount, why couldn’t the MNA have stopped?

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  • ufaquarian
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:14PM

    well done motor way police , loved the way you chased him down and forced him to pay 70 without giving into the pressure / blackmail

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:33PM

    @Pakistani: Wonderful son of a wonderful father, this is exactly how we all must behave. O’ you can’t compare President Pervez Musharraf with these uncouth, primitive people even if they get elected. Perhaps, time is ripe to teach a good lesson in supermacy of law to all such symbols of gangsterism. The State must come forward and make him realize who he really is and what are his responsibilities. His power is zilch without the power of Pakistani people behind him and must never ever forget this basic truth.

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  • Civility Hungover
    Jul 29, 2013 - 8:51PM

    Shame on Dusty! Let the King of Intervention aka CJ take note and ensure that the poor police officers are never sent to his beloved home province!

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  • Mashood
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:10PM

    This is the reality of Awami Pakistan. The Real Democratic Pakistan.

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  • Mashood
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:12PM

    @Dyna Poocher:
    They are honest. It is shocking to observe that most of the Pakistanis hate MotorWay just for their being impartial.

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  • Mehmood Qadir
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:26PM

    While I certainly welcome the bold initiative taken by motorway police against the so-called ‘elite’ of the country, going through the comments section, I felt the same level of hypocrisy that was displayed by this ‘man of the people’. People have felt disgusted at this act and have been quite open in their criticism. However, I remember that many a times (though not always) I have tried the same technique, trying to evade the fine by revealing connections with XYZ army officer or IG police. While not being proud of these actions, I certainly understand that this evasive mentality has been instrumental in my survival in many a queues outside government offices and banks. This approach has worked in the past and gets your work done. This is how our systems with natural loopholes have conditioned our thinking.

    I would have been more surprised if a similar story about an army general or a judge ever got published. In a country with multiple power centers, every power holder will naturally work towards increasing its power through legal or illegal exercise of it. This action by Mr. Jamshed Dasti should be seen not only in the context of his personal hypocrisy but also in context of this evasive mentality conditioned by the older regimes and out dated systems. In a nutshell, while appreciating this move towards a more equal system, the blame should not be entirely person specific. Let us stop associating faults of persons as if they are something from beyond. They originate and develop from within us – our society, our culture.

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  • Realist
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:34PM

    What an idiot. On the plus side, the Motorway Police did an awesome job!

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  • VZFT
    Jul 29, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Under circumstances like these, when the offender refuses to stop and tries to outrun the police, the police should charge them with extra fine to cover for the chase.

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  • Aziz Nishtar
    Jul 30, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Well done, officers! ZC must appreciate your work officially.

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  • shah
    Jul 30, 2013 - 12:38AM

    How is this middle class MNA able to afford four armed guards ?

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  • zulfi butt
    Jul 30, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Dasti has proven that one cannot trust a liar….He is a total fake and unfortunately has a bright future in this land of Pure….Motorway Police, however, is one of the very few bright spots in this bleak scenario

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  • Aamir
    Jul 30, 2013 - 1:47AM

    Shame on the MNA and bravo motorway police! Really appreciate their composure
    I know that my this comment will in no way help SPOs whose superior officers might be shouting at them OR may be have already transferred them …but this is to let you guys know that “people” care!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 2:46AM

    Salam to these brave police officers but why they were so polite to him, esp. when MNA threatened them. They should have called backup and arrested this MNA and his body guards. If the details are true, he violated not only dozens of traffic rules, he threatened police officers, which is enough criminal offence to send him into jail. Perhaps our Police Force and Judiciary do not know that once a chase starts, from that very moment it does not remain a simple traffic violation, instead it becomes a criminal offence. The driver and all occupants (if they are not being kidnapped by driver) of the vehicle should be charged for using vehicle as a weapon, and if someone is killed or injured in chase, it amounts to murder or attempted murder. Hope Supreme Court takes serious action against this MNA and sends him where he belongs.

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  • ali ahmed
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:13AM

    whether we elect a commoner or wadera..attitude is same…

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  • Khar53
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:57AM

    I am glad the police office did not let him go. Officer should be rewarded with a certificate for loyalty to his service under threats. Shame on Dasti who will be supporting PMLN in presidential election. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:41AM

    First of all…..the policemen who stopped this so called MNA should be promoted and given a commendation by the highest level within the government. This is what true equality is.,..they didn’t not care if it was MNA or a regular person. I salute the policemen. Secondly, Dasti and his bodyguards must be arrested and brought to court and fined ten to hundred times the actual fine for endangering the public and thee police. Thirdly, if he Akers it a case of his so called “izzat”, he should be asked to resign as he thinks he is above rest.
    Mr. Dasti, you are not above the law! In fact you were elected by the people of Pakistan and you are our servant of the people…..

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  • Dr. Khalid
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:39AM

    @Asif Butt:
    Dear, I didn’t say they were, just hoping.

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  • jehanzeb
    Jul 30, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Very sad….. dasti won the election does not mean that he is superior to law… well done motor way police we proud of you….

    This Dasti was weeping in front of election commission when disqualify (later qualified by superior court) now he is showing his reality…….

    Regards
    Jehanzeb

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  • Faraz
    Jul 30, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Pitty on those people who voted for him !!

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  • Mahmood Gul
    Jul 30, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Well done Motorway police. Well done Zulfiqar Cheema and his team. Shame on you Jamshed Dasti. Pray the IG Motorway police publicly praises the police officers and conveys to the MNAs and other so called elite that no one is above the law.

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  • Nabeela Cutoo
    Jul 30, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Kudos to the Motorway Police.. We salute you sir! :)

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  • Ahsan Abdullah
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Seems politicians and armymen feel its their birth right to flout the law. The other day a saw a brigadier arguing against paying toll tax!

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  • Oily
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:53PM

    I have been summoned and shouted at in Assembly chambers for not doing what he wanted to get done…..

    He scantily respects law….

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  • AM
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:53PM

    Since he’s an MNA, he should have been fined 100 times more than any ordinary citizen! …

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  • Sajjad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:48PM

    This man must be hung. Well done Motorway Police. Rules are equal for every citizen… and remember, men like Jamshed are the empty cans that make most noise.

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  • Imran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:32PM

    a boot in the face of those who voted for him :/

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  • DrTK
    Jul 31, 2013 - 5:41AM

    LOL….that’s all! Good old Pakistan…

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  • NAUMAN BEG
    Jul 31, 2013 - 11:14PM

    Salute to the Motorway Police.
    We all should protest if they will get transferred.

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  • sohail osman ali
    Aug 1, 2013 - 2:33AM

    I salute the motorway police for doing their job and working with the approach that all are equal under the law. If others approached their jobs like the police officers in question, ours would be a great country. The police officers referred to should be rewarded for their integrity and the stand they tookRecommend

  • mobeen hussain
    Aug 2, 2013 - 4:57PM

    He is an uneducated,uncouth,member of the parliament what can be expected from him.His party should feel ashamed for having him in their fold.He should be asked to apply for admission to a primary school and if he declines to oblige he be given a choice to tender his resignation.He must be forced to get educated,or quit politics.

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