rule of law?

Everybody screams about having the rule of the law enacted to counter rampant lawlessness we’re witnessing in the country. But when it comes to their own backyards, these people are the first to say “to hell with it, i’ll do it MY way!”

Take building codes for example. There’s a reason different area’s are zoned as either commercial, residential or industrial, so that necessary utility services and amenities can be given to them. Consider parking issues, supply of gas, water and electricity and so forth to these areas, and you’ll understand what i mean. E.g. commercial zones are normally closer to transport networks, have provisions for parking, and are easier to get utilities in. While residential zones are farther away, and generally built to have a sense of quiet, calmness, and recreational areas. However, that doesn’t stop people in our part of the world to denounce these zones and build up whatever they wish, where ever they wish!

Residential zones are the first to be converted, which have relatively larger areas and lower rentals, these properties are the first to be commercialized in the form of offices, embassies and schools, creating havoc not only for the residents of these areas, but to the thousands who must commute here everyday.

And when the authorities do step in , what happens? Fines are disregarded and business continues as normal. Where are the proponents of justice now? Where are the enforcers of law now? And more importantly, if no one gives a damn about laws, why scream in the first place?

7 Comments so far

  1. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

    BREAKING NEWS
    Bomb blast in peshawar at main gate of Imambargah , 6 martyred , 20 injured , it does not count that the dead were shais or sunnis , all were pakistanis and belivers of one allah , one rasool and one quran…. these are very dangerous times I fear that we are moving towards another 1971 East pakistan ….. please be united and use your logic either you are any where …… may ALLAH help us to over come these difficult times

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
    QUAID-E-AZAM ZINDABAD


  2. SELF (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

    Allah u Akbar


  3. TEE BEE (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 9:47 pm
  4. JAYJAY (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 4:18 am

    Mansoor – It is pity that the news story does not say how many of the (culprit) houses are owned by CDA officials or government employees. I think most of these misused houses are owned by govt officials as they know how to get away with CDA by-laws violations. once a precendent is set in a street or a sector it become almost impossible for authoristies to enforce law. CDA can’t even remove encroachments (shop extensions, rehri-walas, etc) from busy markets, let alone influential house-owners misusing thier properties.


  5. SELF (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    I read in a news paper a while back Dr Abdul Qadeer also broke CDA laws by building the house where it was not allowed then CDA had to allow everyone to build houses there. If true then CDA employees alone are not the culprits, our “heroes” are also not behind.


  6. Don Cox (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

    THe “bad guys” are right this time. Zoning is actually an outdated method of town planning and is very bad for the health of a city.

    Among other things it leads to the evil of mass commuting to work, which in turn causes air pollution. Shops and offices should be close to where people live.

    Look on the web for the classic article “A City is not a Tree”.


  7. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

    @ Don Cox: Oh but we don’t have that kind of problem here in Islamabad, do we? Islamabad’s a wee little city; there are no great distances. Shops and offices are very close already to residential areas – every sector has its own markaz, and most people live right across the road from a major marketplace. I don’t really see zones posing a health risk, here at least.

    Now, I quite like the fact that cafes and restaurants and beauty parlours can be found nestled deep within a network of residential streets. But I’ll concede that there are cases, most notably those of schools, that can be a bit of a nuisance sometimes, because of all that traffic. Generally though, I’ve never really minded a school, office, or embassy close to home. It does make the neighbourhood livelier. =)

    That being said, I certainly wouldn’t like to live next-door to an orange crate factory.



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