Naseema was getting ready to leave early, Waseem had scolded her twice. Only 10 days had passed since the marriage of both of them. Naseema did not like scolding at all, while Waseem thought that anger was a man’s jewel. Waseem was once again standing at the door. Dr Sadaqat Ali is Project Director of Turning Point. He is a prominent drug expert of the country. His name is the most prominent in the treatment of addiction in Pakistan. After completing his MBBS from Dow Medical College, Karachi, he pursued higher education in addiction treatment from Hazelden, Minnesota, USA. So far, thousands of drug addicts have been cured by him. Meanwhile, in Gulberg, Seth Waqar Ahmed was happily drinking tea after booking a seat on the telephone. The bus stand was a 15 minute drive from his house. His Begum was advising him not to start abstinence as soon as he left the house. The sugar was high for the past several days, but Seth Sahib used to eat sweets without looking at Begum.
“And take your insulin regularly, morning and evening,” said Begum Sahib, seeing Seth Sahib moving towards the car from the house. The driver put the car in reverse gear and soon Seth Waqar was moving towards Kalma Chowk. Sadia and Shahnaz were waiting for the rickshaw standing at the gate of the hostel. She was in her final year of MBBS and now she was dismissed for three months before the exams. Both of them were leaving for their respective homes for preparation. Sadia lived in Islamabad and Shahnaz in Gujar Khan. From now on, Sadia was being worried that when Shahnaz landed in Gujar Khan, then how would she spend the rest of the journey alone? Muslim League Leader Raja Sher Zaman was returning home today after spending four busy days in Lahore. He was not happy while checking out from the Ambassador Hotel. He is the main leader of the league. The hotel staff couldn’t understand what was missing.
His “last wish” was for the hotel’s transport to drop him off Booker Mandi so that he could take some positive memories from the hotel with him. Raja Sher Zaman was the recognized central leader of the Muslim League. This was read by millions of people in Rawalpindi on his welcome banners, which he displayed from time to time across the city, especially on occasions when a cabinet was formed or a new minister was inducted into the cabinet. The car of the Ambassador Hotel was moving towards the busy Booker Mandi on the Mall Road. Across the city, 48 travelers were heading towards Booker Mandi and everyone had some special feelings in their hearts. Feelings of meeting and leaving, feelings of moving forward with life each day and the hopes and fears associated with the coming mornings and evenings. There was a rush at the bus stand. Summer is the last day of July and hubris is like dread floating in the air. It was coming loose. People were confusing each other.
A long bus was waiting for the passengers in the flashing lights. Departure time was 2:30 pm. Again and again it seemed that the bus was about to leave but the bus was standing there. The driver was sitting on his seat talking to the two drivers standing outside the window, the three drivers were sharing the same cigarette. From their conversation, it was clear that they were friends. But the topic under discussion may not have been pleasant. Standing outside, Maqbool Khan was repeatedly repeating the same phrase, “Akhar Khan! Just let this thing go now. Akhar Khan sitting on the driving seat was not satisfied somehow. He was smoking a cigarette and every time he exhaled, he would put his head out of the window so that no one inside the bus would know that he was smoking hashish. A musty and rotten smell could be felt from afar. Akhar Khan was a resident of Mianwali. Horror was dripping from the faces of the three. All three had raised eyebrows. They looked strange with the clothes and trimmings.
The passengers had already sat in the bus and were insisting to leave. Although AC was running in the bus, there was no cooling. Finally, Raja Sher Zaman did not leave, he got up from his seat and went to the driver and said, “Are you leaving immediately or should I go to the office and complain to you?” Do you know that I am the main leader of the Muslim League, Raja Sher Zaman?” The driver carefully looked at Raja Sher Zaman as if trying to recognize him. After that, without saying anything, he called God Hafiz to his friends and put the bus into gear with a jerk. From the way he was driving, it seemed that he was still angry with Raja Sher Zaman. In no time, the bus was moving on the GT road crossing the Ravi river bridge. On the tape, Akram Rahi’s song “Ek Paase Yaar Da Janazah Chaliya, Duje Paase Doli Ae Mashuq Di” was playing loudly. Akram Rahi is called Gham Ka Rahi. The feeling of heat was relatively less now. The travelers were busy getting to know each other. Naseema and Waseem were the center of attention.
A newly wedded bride catches everyone’s attention, Waseem was triumphantly looking sometimes at his bride and sometimes at the passengers. Raja Sher Zaman was informing the passengers about the political ups and downs in the country. He was also hinting at how he got all the news from the “inside” and where his contacts were. Seth Waqar Ahmed was listening to his conversation with great interest. As soon as Raja Sher Zaman turned towards him, Seth Waqar Ahmed extended his visiting card towards him, on which his Next to the name was written Seth Group of Industries. Raja Sher Zaman wondered why so many big industrialists were traveling by bus. Seth Waqar Ahmed immediately explained that he was very scared while traveling by air. Sadia and Shahnaz found this political noise very bad, but due to traditional reluctance, they remained silent. While they were happy to go home after many months, the fear of the exam also weighed heavily on their minds.
A little before Khariyan cantonment, the car stopped at a hotel for half an hour so that the passengers could have something to eat and drink. The driver was taking deep puffs of special cigarettes some distance from the bus. In no time, the bus was moving towards the Jhelum, filled to capacity. After passing Kharian cantonment, the driver immediately accelerated the speed of the vehicle. At a difficult point, only the screams of the passengers came out. No sooner had the driver taken another turn at high speed, the bus overtook a truck and almost passed by. Most of the passengers were holding the front seats tightly. It was evening, the sun had set but the sun was still red in the sky. Small bulbs were burning inside the bus. Due to the high speed of the bus, the conversation between the passengers was interrupted. Suddenly. The driver turned the steering wheel to the left even though the road was going straight.
The bus veered off the road and hit the forest and then fell 30 feet down into the Jhelum River, trampling it. There was a commotion in the bus. The sound could not be heard. The bus sank under the water in the swamp. Water was rapidly entering the bus and passengers were struggling to get out of the bus. Soon the police reached the spot. 25 passengers were seriously injured and efforts were being made to get them to hospital. Most of these passengers were unconscious, 12 passengers who were slightly injured were moaning in fear and pain. The 13 passengers were lying on the roadside cots provided by the locals. All of them were silent because the dead do not speak. Their cries are silent. Naseema and Waseem’s honeymoon was incomplete, Sadia and Shahnaz passed away without serving humanity, Seth Waqar is now free to control his blood sugar, and Raja Sherzaman’s welcome banner had become a story.
The driver was missing, before the bus hit the forest and the driver jumped out of the window and became dizzy. There was commotion everywhere, Edhi’s ambulance was shifting passengers to the hospital. The divers had pulled the bodies out of the river and were sitting on one side in diapers. Some Munchals had landed in the river and looted the luggage of the passengers. Police were investigating. The next day there was a small news in the newspaper “Bus plunged into river Jhelum due to opening of tie rod” there was a supplement “13 passengers killed, 25 injured, committee appointed to investigate” and then below the ill-fated bus. There was a traditional story about falling into the river. We keep reading many such news in newspapers. Three days later, Anjum Rasheed, the host of famous television channel Geo, discussed such incidents in his program “Chhoti Khabar Badi Baat”.
Anjum Rasheed was asking the participants the real cause of such accidents and no one was holding them to account, Punjab Transport Authority Secretary Tariq Bajwa, bus driver, policeman and authorized vehicle fitness officer on this accident in their own way. “Lights” were being put on. What were the lights being put on, just understand that they were putting dirt on the incident, but everyone agreed on one thing that opening of the tie rod is mentioned after every accident, but this reason is far from reality. Yes, the police representative was saying that the tie rod is broken with hammers after the accident and the police cannot investigate because such accidents happen in remote areas and there is no provision for the concerned authorities to reach the spot and find out the facts. The entire process is completed by Makkah Absent.
The driver was saying that the certificate of fitness of the vehicles is obtained without inspecting the vehicle, Tariq Bajwa was saying that the truth is that the department does not have a jack or a ramp to inspect the vehicles. Newspapers no longer give these stories more than a single column, so people become statistics and the case enters the office before their funeral. Even after hundreds of such accidents, it can be confidently said that till date no driver who jumped out of the window has been punished. Many questions were raised in this program but the real point that led to the accident remained behind the scenes. The case enters the office before the Kafna Mela. Even after hundreds of such accidents, it can be confidently said that till date no driver who jumped out of the window has been punished. Many questions were raised in this program but the real point that led to the accident remained behind the scenes.
The case enters the office before the Kafna Mela. Even after hundreds of such accidents, it can be confidently said that till date no driver who jumped out of the window has been punished. Many questions were raised in this program but the real point that led to the accident remained behind the curtain. This is not just the story of Akhar Khan, it is the story of countless families, and in fact it is the story of neglecting human beings. Marijuana is used as an occupation, 90% of people continue this occupation for life and do not suffer any negative consequences, but 10% of people develop marijuana disease, which means that they no longer enjoy marijuana. And the server will not provide, but with the passage of time, they visit the home of new accident patients. The patient is not conscious but trapped in the vortex of addiction. Bystanders spend years deciding whether a marijuana smoker is really sick or just having fun. Come on! Consider what are the mistakes behind such accidents that do not allow the real facts to come out, due to which these accidents keep happening with frequency.
Mistake: Akhar Khan does not consider hashish to be an addiction and therefore does not consider the need for treatment, while the company people think that hashish is an addiction but not that dangerous. According to them, all drivers drink hashish to relieve boredom and to have fun. No ugliness is created. They believe that after smoking hashish, drivers do long duty, take the vehicle and then bring it back immediately, which avoids the need for accommodation and food in another city and thus reduces the costs of the company.
Explanation: Millions of people smoke hashish in Pakistan, hashish is also called by the names of Sota, Joda, Pakka, Garda, Jalebi, Stuff, Lal Panna, Dervish Gafa, Parma, Faqiri Smoke, Shamama, Rawa and Wari. There is a common assumption that marijuana is a harmless drug. About 10% of those who smoke marijuana end up with a very bad end, not only their sense of humor is affected, but it goes as far as insanity. Those who believe marijuana is a harmless drug cite research in Jamaica as proof. This research was done in 1972 but no science magazine was willing to publish it while thousands of published studies have proven the deadly effects of marijuana. Drivers consider it necessary to smoke hashish, the arguments they give in favor of it is a mild form of survivability that manifests itself in feeling good about oneself, walking around, talking cheerfully and being talkative.
They also drink marijuana to relieve boredom. Boredom and weed limits go hand in hand while traveling, of course. Marijuana improves the sense of color, sound and taste, so music programs and sweets are good after smoking Marijuana, but Marijuana sufferers are deprived of all these “blessings”. The reason people are so addicted to marijuana is that today’s marijuana is completely different than it was in the 1960s. THC, the toxic element of intoxication in current marijuana, is very high. It is not possible for a common person to assess the strength of intoxication when buying, only by drinking it, how much smoke is in marijuana? Marijuana is an oil soluble compound instead of water soluble. This means that once marijuana enters the body, it is stored in fat, its effect remains strong for three days, and it takes about 28 days to be completely eliminated.
This is not to say that the person will remain in the server during this time, but rather that the 421 chemicals of marijuana will continue to dominate his heart and mind and thereby alienate his ways and attitudes. Since charas and fat are associated with choli-daman, it gets lodged in the brain. There is a world of difference between just smoking marijuana and being a marijuana patient. If a person who smokes hashish becomes unbearable for others, then the matter has certainly gone beyond the occupation and has entered the borders of the disease. Science now proves that marijuana disease occurs after some real changes occur in the body, and there is no other option but to quit marijuana for recovery.
Mistake: Bus fell into river Jhelum due to opening of tie rod.
Explanation: After every such accident, tie rod is mentioned and people wonder why such a weak part is installed in buses. The reality of the situation is that the chances of a bus tie-rod opening are slim to none and it is a cover-up used for concealment. We inquired about this from all the famous bus manufacturers on the internet and they said tie rod breakage is impossible.
The tie rod does not actually open in a bus but in the driver’s mind, after which he can’t control his driving for a moment or two and an accident occurs in those moments. In the disease of addiction, marijuana enters the body and forms some toxic substances that temporarily put the brain in such a state that it has a very bad effect on vision and hearing. For example, in this accident, it is more likely that the straight road in front of the driver suddenly saw a sharp turn to the left, due to which he turned the steering wheel to the left, the bus hit the forest and at the same time the driver died. The presence of mind came back and he jumped out of the window. Not necessarily everything happened exactly like that, but that’s the assumption. Marijuana’s toxic chemical THC accumulates on the surface of the brain, which not only makes it difficult for different cells to coordinate, but marijuana smokers forget what they were saying in the middle of a conversation. Reaction time is shortened and timing in functioning is affected.
Mistake: It is also wrong to assume that the accident is due to the driver falling asleep.
Explanation: Professional drivers are not expected to fall asleep, ordinary people also have less chance of falling asleep if they drive on a long route, because while driving they have to do some actions continuously, due to which it is not possible to fall asleep. Even so, the accident occurs when the vehicle is touched or tangled with another vehicle while on the road. Marijuana smoking professional drivers are sleep deprived anyway, and if they suffer from marijuana sickness, sleep eludes them anyway.
Mistake: Akhar Khan gets irritable after consuming marijuana, gets into a fight with someone and then goes for a long drive. This was his third accident. His condition is getting worse day by day, his ability to think is also gone due to marijuana, yet the transport company gives him an important responsibility. The real mistake is to “camouflage” the disease of addiction.
Explanation: Transport companies consider marijuana to be a minor drug. Akhar does not consider Khan’s psychological changes to be related to marijuana. They consider him to be just a madman, the higher officers knew that Akhar Khan was bordering on insanity under the influence of marijuana, yet he was given a very important responsibility every day. Thus they give him a daily opportunity to endanger the lives of many passengers and sometimes he gets away with it. When such accidents happen, the transport company, the driver, the police and the authorized officers do not allow the mention of hashish, as if there is a tacit agreement between all of them that they are bound to protect hashish. Just like Pakistan. The Narcotics Control Board seizes hashish in tonnes, which shows that many times more hashish is consumed in the society. Let’s say that the soft spot for hashish in our society is very wide.
Akhar Khan had an argument with his supervisor, spewed venom against the supervisor in front of his fellow drivers and then apparently calmed down. Others think he is “cured” and able to travel. Once after having a serious fight, the patient calms down for some time and thus the situation appears fine but inside the patient remains restless. Obviously he then takes drugs which can lead to another bout of irritability and violence. The same thing happened with Akhar Khan, after stopping the car in Kharian, he consumed the fastest hashish which resulted in the accident. In Akhar Khan, all the signs of marijuana disease were evident, but the supervisors and management turned a blind eye, unconsciously not acknowledging the facts. Company people needed to come out of this self-delusion and treated Akhar Khan well.