A few days back at around 8:45 pm, I was heading home via the now well known bottleneck on Khayaban-e-Shaheen, outside Zulfikar Mirza’s residence.
I noticed that there was a group of about 50 to 60 women standing outside the home minister’s house, all in head scarves. Slowing down i noticed that they were yelling at the home minister who was standing outside his gate. Obviously I was intrigued and came around to the other side of the road to try and hear what they were saying. I stopped my car near a sidelane opposite the home ministers gate as my curiosity was aroused. After all its not every day that you see a minister, surrounded by the “awam” holding a kutcheri on the road. I wanted to take a quick snap with my cellphone.
Obviously the police on duty didnt like the idea. He came upto me and asked me to leave. I tried to humour him and said its a public road, and Im an citizen journalist, (shehri press) . While we were talking a THUG brandishing an automatic weapon came menancingly towards me. He looked extremely sinister and the type who wouldnt hesitate to riddle my car and I with bullets.
Too tired and a little intimidated i left the scene, but not without a blurry picture. The incident reinforced once again, that the democracy we are living in is a sham. I dont even have the basic right to move around in my own neighbourhood, as a citizen of the city, on a public thoroughfare. If Zulfikar Mirza wants to stand outside his house does the public at large have to clear the surrounding public space?
While the cop was trying to do his job by moving a curious bystander by saying saying “meri izzat rakh lein, app jalee jayen, ) what made the THUG come across and threaten me with a gun? Obviously Mr Mirza thinks that his government’s police force is not good enough to protect him and has his own private army there for his security.
I feel frustrated and angry that my rights to move around freely in my neighbourhood have been curtailed by Mr Mirza’s presence there. These are the people who say Democracy is the best Revenge. I wonder why they are taking their revenge on the public at large.