Protocol & Protocol in the name of protection in Pakistan

I searched for the meaning of Protocol on google and it provided two different meanings, one for Telecom/IT and other for diplomatic occasions. However, the most important of our discussion here is the last one and special one in Pakistan. All human beings need/desire for some what protocol in their life from their fellow beings, like protocol is given to father, husband, wife, mother, elder brother/sister, teacher, senior, etc etc by their closest ones. Respect is a second name of protocol for the  mentioned relationships . Whereas, other protocol involves specific part of duty such as for boss, high rank senior officials of government/private sector, politicians, diplomats etc etc.

In Pakistan, protocol word has some extra ordinary meanings and in practical use negating all rules and regulations. Here, I am not talking and against about the protocol being given  to any entity such as businessman, bosses, teachers, relationships who  have no what so ever involvement with the government money or of diplomats, Prime Minister, President should be protected but more about those using public resources just for their  sake of showing power in front of the people.

Each day, if you just walk around the main roads in Lahore/Islamabad/Karachi of Pakistan, you will see protocol cars (mostly made of Toyota) having five to six gun man’s of police/rangers squads  moving behind and in-front of only one luxurious car of either bureaucrat, politician or of businessman, journalist. It is some what a fact that these people need protection from government due to certain threats but utilizing public money in the name of protection is wrong.

I saw one of the top female film stars at Lahore Pakistan during 2004-07 using two vehicles of police (around 12 police men) for the protection of her sister going to a famous college each day. These police men were not only protecting her but they also gave her special protocol by carrying her college bag to the class room. I was been informed that the duty of these police squad was made by high rank official for the film star upon her best relationships and no certain threats were their for her own as well as sisters life. Just imagine that a country in debt and where there is already a extreme shortage of personnels in police force for general public, wasting resources for personal life/relations is not a big matter.

Similarly, one of my relative who is an owner of TV channel and a journalist has been given two government cars, each having only two police/rangers guards including a driver for the protection and protocol. True, his life is in danger without any doubt, but why not these 4 guards can sit in his own 9 men capacity luxurious bullet proof Toyota Prado instead of utilizing governments two vehicles and fuel/resources. It always indicate that some high ranked top dignitary is going where as journalist or TV owner or businessman even politicians are as same as an ordinary citizen. Similarly, most of the bureaucrats and politicians utilizing this public resource in the name of protection and showing their worth as well as power.

Can any one have the powers in Pakistan to stop such culture. I think ……none have


About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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