President Mamnoon gets driving licence

Published: February 16, 2017

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain can now drive freely in Islamabad, without any fear of getting a ticket for driving without a license.

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The head of state got his driving licence renewed from the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) office, like any other resident of the capital. Mamnoon’s previous licence from Karachi had expired and was renewed from Islamabad as per law after an NOC was issued by the Karachi Traffic Police that there were no pending tickets or challans against him.

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Islamabad IG Tariq Masood Yasin and SSP Malik Matloob Ahmed were there to receive him at the ITP office.

Mamnoon was issued a token, 0441, and went through the procedure required for getting the driving licence like a common citizen.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2017.

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  • Omer
    Feb 16, 2017 - 9:55AM

    A good example set by our President.Recommend

  • Hasnain
    Feb 16, 2017 - 10:58AM

    Which common citizen is welcomed by the IG and SSP. Please correct yourself, he did not go through the procedure like a common citizen!Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:32AM

    So brave of him. After all he had nothing to do at least he made some news and I am glad we have a president.Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:35AM

    He is a common citizen, what special he got being President of Pakistan? He should act like father to pacify the underprivileged.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:47AM

    This is great display. We all must appreciate that. There are few who are objecting to IGPs presence there but I reckon there is no harm in receiving the President of the State.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:48AM

    This is all very good, but I have the following question: how long was the motorcade that brought him to the drivers license office? 50 SUVs? 25SUVs? Less than 5 cars? If it is the last one he has set a good example, otherwise he went there just for impressing the masses. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:05PM

    A goodo start. However, he should go there without informing. Recommend

  • Common Citizen
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:07PM

    “Like a common citizen”? Give me a break. Because of this one common citizen, many real common citizens were denied entry to the office for their license applications, including me.
    I took a leave just to get my driver’s license renewed but when I reached the office at 10am, I was told that the office is closed for public today as the president is coming at 1pm. As a result, I lost a day of work and have to retry getting my license renewed.

    It would’ve been appreciated if he had stood up in the queue ‘like a common citizen”Recommend

  • Common Citizen
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:08PM

    Not really. A good example would’ve been him standing in a queue instead of closing down the whole office for public for a dayRecommend

  • Ali
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:21PM

    Even mr president dont have driving lisence in this countryRecommend

  • Humza
    Feb 16, 2017 - 12:32PM

    Also would like to add that the ITP office was closed for common citizens yesterday.
    Source: I went there myself.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:07PM

    Rulers need not to show this kind of humility or simplicity. These dramas give undue publicity which only impress stupid. Their responsibility is to provide simple, easy, cheap and honest rules, regulations and system for common people. Nobody would say that they have done their job.Recommend

  • Foraz Khan
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:09PM

    At least he did something. Well President looks nice in Uniform .Recommend

  • Common Citizen
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:43PM

    The president is so useless!

    -He closed down the ITP office to actual common citizens
    -Called all the news agency to report this “great act of humility”
    -The whole thing was done to remind/inform people that a president of pakistan actually exists

    Real ITP has multiple issues and complaints that are not getting addressed. Traffic rules in Islamabad are abysmal. Barely any traffic lights work, there are no lines on the road, traffic police doesn’t enforce laws, people are free to drive without license and many more.

    The ITP has been called out many times for being one of the most corrupt organisations in pakistan. It is common in pakistan to pay bribes to traffic police who stop you for no other reason.

    What else has the president done of significance? How much does he cost the state?Recommend

  • Awam
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:09PM

    How to get the NOC from Karachi Traffic ? i want to renew my license from Lahore ? Recommend

  • Furqan
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:08PM

    Common Pakistani is not welcomed by IG and SSP when they come for the application of driving license.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:30AM

    @Hasnain: I was welcomed at the police station.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:05AM

    Why this drama? Waste of the time spent by scores of officials who waited on him. Funny. If he was so simple a man, he would have become famous a long time ago, instead of a one time show.Recommend

  • rauf
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:07AM

    Will these officer greet me if I go for a license? or do I have to pay>>>>>Recommend

  • JA
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:33AM

    Like a common citizen????????????? It’s a joke of the day, due to this COMMON MAN the entry for other common men were denied that day, phew. ET please use to do factual reportingRecommend

  • Usman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:29AM

    He went to get a RENEWAL. Read properly first.Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:04PM

    Islamabad motorist must be more careful.Recommend

  • syed shafiq ul hassan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:40PM

    Wonder , what he is speaking to the officer ! LOL Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:32PM

    He went for a RENEWAL. Read properly first.Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:34PM

    @syed shafiq ul hassan:
    Hes not speaking. Hes probably answering standard questions the officer asks when ure in process.Recommend

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