pai jan aye gulberg kithe ve?

Qaddafi stadium and surrounding areas are supposed to be one of the safest and happening places of Lahore; full of life all the time. Something unusual happened last night when I was coming out of a house with a friend of mine (just two blocks away from Qaddafi’s main gate if you come from Main Boulevard). We met this common friend after two years gap so it was all memories and laughs. There is an extra police presence around Qaddafi these days due to unrest in Lahore. So anyways as we approached towards our car, a white Toyota Corolla stopped in front of me and a friendly looking gentlemen asked ‘Pai Jan, aye main boulevard gulberg kithe ve’ (brother, where is main boulevard gulberg)?

Being an ultra responsible citizen, I moved forward and as I was trying to explain that main boulevard is very near, I realized there were 5 gentlemen in the car and all of them were holding some little little things in their hands. Obviously they were not presenting us flowers. They were our beloved Dakoo Pai Jans (docoits or robbers) and pointing guns at us. The driver, who looked like their leader and was not looking friendly anymore, immediately ordered us to hand over our mobile phones which we did without being stupid. I was using my old siemens C55 that night so I was not that worried about it.

After successfully depriving us from our mobile phones they asked for our wallets. My friend gave his and as I was a bit hesitantly giving them mine, it just slipped from Dakoo’s hands and fell on the ground. I dunno what happened but they just pushed accelerator and disappeared. We managed to see the number plate and it had ‘Shujaat 1’ printed on it. Now I am not at all trying to be political here or pointing finger at anyone. 99.9%, it was a fake number anyways but still an indication that they were not only aqalmand (wise) but had good sense of humor too.

Anyways I am glad that they only took my mobile phone. My friend was really pissed off because apart from Motorola Razr, he lost his wallet with around 1000 rupees, National ID card, driving license and credit cards. They didn’t even bother to return us our phone SIMs which often they do. Really disappointing. I have a message from my friend if by any chance; any of the honorable Dakoo is reading this. “Janab mere documents te wapis kar do aur shukriye ke tor par paise ka aap dinner kar le” (Honorable dacoits, please return my documents and as a token of my gratitude you can enjoy dinner with my looted money).

On a serious note though, in such circumstances one should never ever try to be over smart. These dacoits are usually hyper (sometimes scared from inside and their blood pressure is really boiling) at that time and your slight stupidity could get you seriously hurt. So here is a little tip, your life is much more precious than little things. Be safe.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jal Pari (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    Hey Dis is the very 1st tym am postin here… as I feel so sorry for u guys. I wonder y des Bloody people do all dis, i myself hv gone through almost the same incident…they took my CAR!!! Arugh.

  2. smudgestick (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    Sh**. Give some sadqa shadqa and shukrofy that you are ok. You did the right thing and kept your senses whcih a lot of people would not have done i guess. I wonder where the police walas were at that time which usually surround the neighbouring areas becasue of its recent ‘political importance’. Lesson: Never be a responsible citizen and keep your distance from all strangers :/ Lahore ka kya banay ga.

  3. Ghazi-e-Guftar (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    Darwaish Bhai…
    You are lucky that you were not in Karachi. A friend of mine was stopped in broad daylight on a busy street. When he handed over his Nokia 3310, the Dakku slapped him and said “Yeah kachara mobile use kartay ho.. sharam nahi aati”. After that the Daaku smashed the mobile on the road.

    Gooyam mushkil, gar na-goyam mushkil :)

    Lahore still has a long way to go to come close to Karachi. May Allah make that long way longer.

  4. Karlik1 (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:57 am


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