On Sunday, 5th December 2010, 5 spectators died when a racing car skidded off from the road and onto the nearby spectators.This happened in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
Bahria Town is pretty known to hold these car races. Make no mistake, these car races were exactly that; cars that will race with each other, and there never was any type of organization, security, precautions or ANYTHING.
The saddest bit is that the races were ‘organized’ enough to find and get sponsors for the events, but no one had the slightest of idea to put some rudimentary safety precautions (such as tire stacks on the side of road etc).
This accident, like most unfortunate accidents, could have been prevented.
To top it all off, Commissioner Rawalpindi, Zahid Saeed said that the race was illegally organised. But according to this item at the Express Tribune, there is more confusion to it than simply calling it ‘not allowed’. But as far as I am concerned, if a police official is calling it illegal, it probably was.
- One shouldn’t jump the gun and call the sport of car racing out right illegal.
- Proper arrangements MUST be made to ensure safety, of not only the spectators, but of the drivers themselves (roll bars should be made a mandatory feature of any car wanting to race)
- No one should EVER be allowed to stand NEXT to the race track itself!
Car racing is a neglected sport in Pakistan. It shouldn’t be. But sad incidents like these makes your blood boil, as the grieving families are left with no one but everyone to blame. God guide and protect us all.
Pictures from the race
A friend, Moaaz Burki, was present at the race. He was witness to the ‘last race’ and has taken some pictures.