Faisal Abidi in Karachi: The face that launched a 2-hour traffic jam

Published: November 23, 2011
Abidi has been selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division for the second time. He replaced Najmi Alam. PHOTO: INP

Abidi has been selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division for the second time. He replaced Najmi Alam. PHOTO: INP

According to the traffic police, traffic jam occurred because PPP supporters parked their cars on the road because they were not allowed to inside the ariport. PHOTO: INP
Abidi has been selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division for the second time. He replaced Najmi Alam. PHOTO: INP

The city’s main artery, Sharae Faisal, was closed for two hours because the Pakistan Peoples Party decided to hold a welcome rally for its newly elected Karachi division president, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, who flew in from Islamabad on Tuesday.

Traffic from Jinnah International Airport and Drigh Road to Sharae Faisal was cut off in particular. No plans for the rally were announced beforehand. People were stuck in traffic for at least two hours during rush hour. Numaish also suffered as did other routes connecting to Shahrae Faisal that lead to major residential neighbourhoods.

According to the deputy inspector general of traffic police, Khurram Gulzar, the roads were blocked because the crowd that gathered was more than expected and people parked their vehicles on the road because they were not allowed to go inside the airport.

Abidi, who was perhaps oblivious to the problems created by his arrival, addressed supporters from the old terminal at Jinnah airport. He said that a new era would begin – now it would be serving people without any politics. “The political actors have done nothing but criticise in the last four years,” he remarked.

Abidi said that he would try hard to strengthen the party. “President Zardari is not an individual but a party head,” he said. “The PPP leadership is not afraid of anything. Those who had hidden agreements with dictators and left the country should face the masses.”

He declared that the land mafia would not be tolerated in the city. Stern action would also be taken against corrupt bureaucrats, he added.

The new president of the Karachi division contested from NA-253 against Haider Abbas Rizvi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement during the 2008 elections. He was selected as the president of PPP’s Karachi division after the elections but was removed after a year after complaints were received, said a senior member of the PPP who did not want to be named. Abidi then became a senator and the political secretary of President Zardari.

But now he has been selected again to run the party in Karachi. According to another senior leader of the PPP, he was the only to be selected for the post directly.

Abidi replaced Najmi Alam and Ismail Brohi replaced Saeed Ghani, the ex-general secretary.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Nov 23, 2011 - 2:59AM

    We should/must stand against this VIP and status quo culture.These so-called corrupt politician thinks that they own single road in our country. What a shame it is ! 2 Hour traffic jam is something like unbearable.
    I hope when Imran Khan comes in power he’ll change this type of nonsense.


  • babar
    Nov 23, 2011 - 3:31AM

    these stupid people blocking roads for these incompetent politicians whom have given them nothing then poverty unempolyment no justice no future and these are few to name .. we as a nation are doom i guess ? i wish if we could ever change and get rid of these mafia type politicians whom are nothing then a below average !!


  • Umer Z Shah
    Nov 23, 2011 - 3:53AM

    Abidi came down to take care of future Imran rally. Okay Okay.


  • PatrioticPakistani
    Nov 23, 2011 - 6:27AM

    Pheww. No Comments.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 23, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Shame on you Abidi.


  • babar
    Nov 23, 2011 - 10:45AM

    completely agree with junaid ahmed only hope for breaking this status quo mafia is to bring imran khan in power !!


  • M. R@fique Zakaria
    Nov 23, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me !!!


  • Pakistani
    Nov 23, 2011 - 11:23AM

    I also got stuck in traffic jam because of him for 1 and a half hour.Recommend

  • sharafat husssain
    Nov 23, 2011 - 11:30AM

    ppp zindabad
    zardari sab zindabad
    abidi sab zindabad
    whenever we alive we stand by ppp.


  • The Pointer
    Nov 23, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @Junaid Ahmed:

    When Imran Khan will come in power he will also become VIP, and we will stuck in traffic again… So it is better to pray Allah SWT for betterment and should not wait for any person to come in power to solve our problems


  • moeed
    Nov 23, 2011 - 4:02PM



  • Ozymandias
    Nov 23, 2011 - 5:05PM

    @sharafat husssain:
    Neither abidi or Zardari are PPP. It’s people like you that are making ZAB turn over in his grave.


  • Chut Pata
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:05PM

    @Junaid Ahmed: The only way Imran can come into power is with the help of establishment, and we can see that after this “Memo Gate” he is meeting high ups in establishment. God forbid if this product of Gen. Zia comes into power, we are going to forget the tyranny of Ayyub, Bhutto, and Zia combined.


  • Faizi
    Nov 23, 2011 - 8:40PM

    Change your self and see the results
    This is the production of us because when elections held in Pakistan me and you will give vote to these “ special Peoples”…….!!!!


  • Nov 23, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Shame on him and to all politicians for this horrible mess. I can easily recall last three years of Musharraf era – very prosperous – when the traffic in Karachi would be a mess for over 4-5 hours.


  • Chilli
    Nov 23, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Wake up Pakistan and just get rid of incompetent politicians.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Nov 23, 2011 - 10:19PM

    “He said that a new era would begin -now it would be serving people without any politics”

    Apparently he already started serving people by traffic “jam”. That’s the only jam available for free to people from leaders!!


  • Mohsin Abidi
    Nov 24, 2011 - 9:02AM

    Welcome back in karachi Faisal Raza AbidiRecommend

  • sana
    Nov 24, 2011 - 1:59PM

    i like this guy but being stuck in traffic for an hour when i was supposed to take out a guest from out of town doesn’t help.


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