A judicial magistrate in Karachi handed a very unusual punishment to a man for violating the traffic rules and hitting a policeman, by having his stand at a traffic signal for two hours per week, for an entire year with a placard on speed awareness.
This punishment was given to Muhammad Qasim, who has been convicted of rashly riding a motorbike and injuring a police constable deployed for former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s VVIP movement on September 27, 2015.
The judge presiding over the case was District East Judicial Magistrate Shoaib Elahi, who cited an order by the Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa about community service by offenders.
The magistrate said that Qasim would hold a placard inscribed with the message; “Ahtiat kijye! Ghaflat aur laparwahi se gaari chalana jan lewa hai [Be careful! Driving negligently and carelessly can kill]” every Friday for two consecutive hours till October 11, 2018.
The judge also specified that the placard’s size would be 24-inches wide and 48-inches in height.
In addition to the above punishment, Qasim is also supposed to pay Rs. 50,000 in three installments to the injured policeman.
The prosecution had told the judge that Qasim was pillion riding with his accomplice Muhammad Islam and he hit Constable Zubair Ahmed near Tip Sultan flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal. The constable had signaled them to stop so that Musharraf’s convoy could pass, but Qasim paid no heed and eventually struck the constable.
As a result the officer suffered a fracture in his leg and had to be taken to the hospital.
Qasim and Islam were arrested immediately but Islam was spared as he had no part to play in the accident.