Man in Karachi told to stand at traffic signal for 2 hours a week with 'speed kills' placard

Published: October 11, 2017
A truck passes a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign on the A27 Autobahn near the northern German city of Bremen April, 10 2008. PHOTO: REUTERS

A truck passes a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign on the A27 Autobahn near the northern German city of Bremen April, 10 2008. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: A judicial magistrate in Karachi has handed down an unusual punishment to a man for hitting a cop with his motorcycle – standing at a traffic signal for two hours, once a week for a whole year holding a placard on speed awareness.

Muhammad Qasim was convicted of rashly riding a motorbike and injuring a police constable deployed for former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s VVIP movement on September 27, 2015.

The verdict, announced by District East Judicial Magistrate XXVIII Shaoib Elahi, read that the convict would hold a placard inscribed with the message: “Ahtiat kijye! Ghaflat aur laparwahi se gaari chalana jan lewa hai [Be careful! Driving negligently and carelessly can kill]” every Friday for two consecutive hours till October 11, 2018.

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The judge also specified that the placard’s size would be 24-inches wide and 48-inches in height.

The prosecution told the judge that Qasim, while pillion riding with his accomplice, Muhammad Islam, had hit Constable Zubair Ahmed near Tipu Sultan flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal after he signalled them to stop so that Musharraf’s convoy could pass.

Five policemen testified against Qasim, telling the judge that the accused and his accomplice were riding against traffic from Baloch Colony Bridge towards the flyover when the convoy was passing.

When the motorcycle struck the constable, the riders also fell down and were immediately arrested by other policemen standing nearby.

The policeman, the prosecution said, suffered a fracture in his leg and was first shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center and then to the Liaquat National Hospital.

The magistrate, in his judgement, cited an order by the Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa about community service by offenders.

He also directed Qasim to pay Rs50,000 to the policeman in three installments in three months.

The FIR (590/2015) of the accident was lodged under sections 337-G (punishment for hurt by rash or negligent driving), 279 (rash driving on a public way) and 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Ferozabad police station.

Islam was also booked by police but the court acquitted him, observing that he was not responsible for the accident.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Shah S
    Oct 12, 2017 - 2:31AM


  • Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2017 - 10:29AM

    Please make an example of someone in Land cruisers/Prados etc with their armed guards who are flouting traffic rules like anything. It is easy to implement law and punish an ordinary citizen than someone with power.Recommend

  • ab
    Oct 12, 2017 - 11:43AM

    Good thing but somewhat confusing, Will he be release or be in jail?Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 12, 2017 - 11:54AM

    what a nice unique idea . Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Oct 12, 2017 - 12:18PM

    Minor offenses should be punished with community service. Kudos to the judge. But implementation should be ensured. If he holds the placard for one whole year on fridays, I am sure he will never ever do anything like that again. The punishment will have more comprehensive and lasting impact as compared to simply throwing him in the prison. Good Good.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 12, 2017 - 12:34PM

    If he was punished solely because he interrupted the entourage of His Excellency Pervez Musharraf then our legal system is in an even more serious messRecommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Oct 12, 2017 - 12:40PM

    It reminded me of the punishment we got in schools, something like to write down 100 times something like “I will not do this again.” :)Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 12, 2017 - 11:33PM

    This kind of community service as punishment should become a norm in pakistan and will save tax payers money of jail etc; good desicion by the judge. Recommend

  • Munir
    Oct 13, 2017 - 9:34AM

    Beautiful punishment. Let this culture prevail.Recommend

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