When will we Own a Car like This?

When will we Own a Car like This?, originally uploaded by Daudpota.

As suggested by a commenter on this picture (Flickr page), the only way is to steal. Owning a car like this and maintaining it is becoming difficult even for middle line in Pakistan’s economic belt.

Ironically, every week I get to hear of one car theft or other in Islamabad.

When the leaders are busy in their dubai-london-dubai-islamabad-london tours, what can we expect?

10 Comments so far

  1. khanum on July 29th, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

    looks like a scene out of alpha bravo charlie – faraz’s mercedes

    yes, it’s quite sad seeing their melancholy downcrest faces.

    what’s with all these london-dubai meetings anyway? faarigh leaders!

  2. majad (isl_majad) on July 29th, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

    … and with petrol/diesel prices set to rise again the car really will be a dream.
    What makes me angry is the fat-cat refineries and oil ministry making a "killing" literally out of the misery of millions… they still enjoy the 10% subsidy that Shartcut Aziz left them and then theres govt taxes on top…
    a swift cut in price can be done right now by cutting taxes on fuel and removing the oil refinery subsidy… why should they be different from our poor farmers ?

  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on July 29th, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    khanumIts a corolla :)

    farigh nahi they are up to so much good BUT for their ownselves =\

    majad A pathetic state of affairs is going here making people crazier day by day.

    ps: You alive? :)

  4. dushanbe on July 30th, 2008 @ 4:59 am

    Huh? But this is just a corolla right? Its not considered a high class vehicle. It is in fact built for economical use. Toyota makes "Camrey" even that is not high class. Toyota Avalon in considered high class. And over that starts the Luxes brand owned by Toyota.

    Secondly! You are better off "without" a car like that… Gas prices will only go up… We need to discuss "Fossil Fuels" & "Alternative Energy" – Electric, Hybrid or Flex Fuel cars is a way to go… Or check out this car SMART FORTWO. Just started selling in America, It looks kinda funny next to my ginormous V8 Monte Carlo SS. But I think thats the way, after all it is a Mercedes.


    OR go for your own brand here:


  5. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on July 30th, 2008 @ 10:57 am

    It’s not a merce or BMW, yes.

    But by Pakistani standards, its no less luxurious for a common Pakistani. I’m talk about a Pakistani who is facing difficulties in feeding their families even twice in a day.

    1 Mn is no less a money either :)

  6. kabirdas on July 30th, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    I don’t think these guys are wondering: When will we own a car like this? They know or should know answer to this question which is in negative. They seem to be wondering: Why can’t we own a car like this? The answer to this question is not a simple one.

  7. khanum on July 30th, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    haha.. thanks pineapple :)
    i know it’s a corolla, it’s just the way the scene seems poetic, reminding me of a similar scene in ABC. khair cchoro, it’s irrelevant.

    jee.. bilkul.. faarigh nahi, they’re extremely hard pressed for time spending all the money they’re making with the excuse of ”inflation”.
    i knew it, only the countries under america’s thumb are being dragged down towards the gutter due to america’s economic regression, britain and pakistan. charming! the leaders cant do anything but sit and drink coffee in various hotels around the world, kyunke sab kuch amreeka ke haath mein hain, it’s never been more clearer.

  8. anwar on July 31st, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    Comment on Daudpota’s photostream was based on very frequent news of "Kabza Group" and not necessarily an advice… But the checker board between them and the car simply means they have to play gambit… or else!

  9. anwar on July 31st, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    I must add that regardless of the guess work, these honest young fellows may not be even interested in the car – just sitting, chatting and passing time

  10. kabirdas on July 31st, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    In Pakistan we often see some people like these sitting on their haunches on the road side " waiting for something to happen " as observed by the writer [I forget her name right now–Christie or something like that] of the book Waiting For Allah. So do not fret too much about what they are upto.

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