Thumbprints on the Fortress

A LMB visitor, Asad ur Rehman, just like many of us must have, noticed the latest high-tech security related practice of authorities taking thumb-prints of everyone entering the Fortress Stadium in the cantonment area. This seems to be the first public place in Pakistan to get a security check system based on biometrics.

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Fountains near the Fortress Stadium
Source: *_*’s flickr

In fact, it was exactly what I was thinking about when I visited the place by myslef yesterday. As far as I am informed, this new practice has started from just a few weeks back.

This may have something to do with preventing unwanted people inside the exclusive shopping circle of the Fortress; a precaution against increasing street crime including mobile phone snatching and car-theft, or just another gimmick to enhance the exlusivity of the place!

What do you guys think about it?

10 Comments so far

  1. Bilal (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    This latest step is a gross misapplication of the Lahore Corps Commander’s authority which has no legal sanction under the law. Who maintains records and control of accounts for this activity? What are the funds generated by entry fee used for? Who is accountable for the misuse of these funds (transparency anybody????)? Is the Corps Commander legally permitted to charge what amounts to an additional tax on civilians only? Is the Corps Commander permitted to track the movement of civilians without a warrant or reasonable cause?

    Besides the fingerprinting fiasco, of which military vehicle drivers (including those of staff cars) are exempt for some inexplicable reason, the PKR 10 entry fee for cars (different for other vehicles) is also nothing more than an additional cost in this era of massive inflation and an obstacle for the common man. Why should a person have to pay in excess of his/her tax obligations for access to public services like banks and post office? Come to think of it, it probably impinges on the citizen’s inviolable fundamental rights as listed in the Constitution.

    I would in fact be much in favor of the Supreme Court taking suo moto notice of this issue also.


  2. momers (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    who ever said that the Fortress was EXCLUSIVE! have u even been there? Its the common mans (& womans!) hang out. Given the number of people there every weekend,its hardly exclusive!


  3. Danyal (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    Now the Army has made this once peacefull hangout place into a real “Fortress”. First it was the “entry fee” and now the “biometrics”. I wonder whats next?.. Visa to get into the “fortress” maybe?.. Even our airports dont have such “Hi-Tec” security measures, which is rather funny.


  4. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    I wonder if in future developments, they are going to add such devices to public toilets in the Cantt. too!


  5. babar (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    there are no public toilets in cantt, or in entire lahore for that matter.


  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    @Babar: In fact, there are some, even at Fortress on the back of Pizza Hut; not reasonable though…


  7. AudibleSilence (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    Yaar let them take biometrics…urine tests…whatever they wanna take…etc…comeonn..just go there do some poondi..and never mind such small things…


  8. Sabyn (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    @Adoublesilence, lolzzzzzzzzzzzz.


  9. SELF (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 12:44 am

    Over the top man. Kia pagal pun hai.

    Just place some camera’s there and increase policing and that should be it.


  10. Khawar H. Gardazi (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    I’ve recently returned to live in Pakistan from the United States and am trying to reconcile my homosexuality with my religious faith. I’m in an absolute panic that this new biometric device may be used to out me.

    Can a practicing homosexual like myself be a good, practicing Muslim under the Al-Quaran, and avoid being outed by biometric devices.

    My address is 9C Model Town, Lahore.

    Please stop by and let me know.



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