About a year ago, i was going home via Jail road, Lahore and saw traffic officers managing parking lane in the service road on both sides of the main road. They were lifting illegally parked customers cars through machine car lifter and instructing the car showroom dealers to put up their cars under the boundary of their shop (it is a culture in Pakistan that car showroom owners used to bring out their sale able cars on main road or on government owned space) . The action by the traffic officers against illegal occupation of service lane by car showroom dealers and main road by the customer cars was really a surprise for me. This continuous action was never done before and if they tried to do something to manage the traffic and to curb illegal parking in the past then either the action was conducted for just 2 to 3 days or they faced heavily pressure from the political wings to stop it immediately due to their stake with the car association of the city.
I straight up went to one of the officer and asked him;
“Would you keep continue or stop the action after some days and come back again after months or even a year to conduct again?”
He replies: “No Sir, this time we will not let these people (traffic law breakers) to break the law and continue montoring them through our hawk eye”
I suddenly asked that what is the factor behind your motivation”?….he replied that
the current officer Chief traffic Officer: Capt (R) Syed Mubeen Ahmed (late) is not only strict but a strong leader too who is not giving a single inch space to traffic law breakers/violators and even we consider him as our shield. We got this brave leader after so many years because previous ones failed to implement the rule of law and even didn’t protected us from certain events when we junior officers were trying to enforce the law according to the merit. When ever, any thing worse happened with our team in the city during implementation of traffic rules, Mr. Mubeen became shield and protected us in the circumstances”
Unfortunately, CTO Lahore Capt (R) Syed Mubeen Ahmed martyred due to suicide attack at Mall road, Lahore along with another high profile Police Officer.
That junior officer further informed that the current Officer at the position of DSP feels shame to have a shake hand with us and treat us like we all officials of Traffic Police as his purchased servants (This was the same time when Mr. Mubeen was incharge). Mr. Mubeen was the only officer who went by all means to protect his force personnel’s from the reaction of people and especially influential ones like politicians, high designated government officials who neither act on law nor give any value to it.
In Pakistan, city traffic management is a really difficult task due to increase number of vehicles each day, issuance of traffic licences before the year 2009 without taking any exams, less human resource in traffic department, rules and regulations are not that threatening for law breakers/violators, culture of showing powers and putting pressure on traffic officers through resources (money, own relatives/friends on the high government posts etc) not to use law against/by the violators (powers: if someone is a govt officer, has any relative in government), bribe to traffic police etc)
If you got the right leader and head of any department / organization, it means the whole organization and personals working under it will get success. Government organizations in Pakistan lacks right leadership or if there is then they have be brave enough to deal with the issues.