Now Reading: Shaniera Akram Suggests To Fix Poor Roads First Before Launching Police on Rollerblades
The Karachi Police has deployed a special unit of armed officers, called the ‘armed rollerblading unit’ to guard the people on their roller skates and curb theft and harassment on the city’s teeming streets. Shaniera Akram, however, is of the opinion that before setting up a skating unit, the authorities should first be fixing the roads.
This latest decision of Karachi Police has invited mixed reactions of all sorts mix reactions from the public. It was recently announced that a new skating squad has been trained which will have its members be gliding in a circle with their weapons pointed inwards, and lifting and lowering the guns in unison. The 20-member unit, consisting of both men and women, has reportedly underwent rigorous training to accomplish its required duties.
Farrukh Ali, chief of the unit, maintained that officers on rollerblades could chase thieves on motorcycles way more easily through the city that houses a population of 20 million. “We felt we needed to come up with an innovative approach to control street crime,” he said. A policewoman, Aneela Aslam, added,
“This is just the beginning. This rollerblading will really benefit us. With this training, we can reach narrow alleys very quickly where it is usually difficult to go.”
However, Shaniera Akram, wife of legendary cricketer Wasim Akram took to Twitter to suggest that it would be better to fix the poor road conditions of Karachi first. She wrote;
“Wouldn’t it be wiser to fix the roads of Karachi first, then put our police on Rollerblades?”
Wouldn’t it be wiser to fix the roads of Karachi first, then put our police on Rollerblades??
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) February 24, 2021
Shaniera Akram is not wrong, really as Karachites have long been facing the issues of damaged roads and pavements and it is a long overdue major safety concern. We can’t possibly expect the police to be skating on them. Moreover, according to Farrukh Ali, the rollerblading squad has not yet been deployed across many parts of the city due to poor road conditions and uneven footpaths.
Furthermore, safety concerns have been raised as initial footage of the Karachi unit’s training showed officers carrying heavier weapons, but Farrukh Ali assured that the unit would only carry handguns, thus reducing the risk of bullets ricocheting. The rollerblading police are expected to begin officially next month.
Though, they were recently spotted outside the venue of the Pakistan Super League cricket tournament and they have also begun patrolling Karachi’s bustling beachfront.