“Is he reaching for a cigarette?”

So, you are a Pakistani, living in an impoverished village in the Punjab province.

A fully-laden Shell tanker skids off the main road and overturns.

A loudspeaker on top of a local mosque alerted villagers to the leaking fuel, and scores raced to the site with jerry cans, said Rana Mohammad Salim, deputy commissioner of Bahawalpur. You, along with dozens of others, run to the site, and proceed to load the spilled fuel into whatever containers can be found in a hurry. Cars and scooters litter the highway, as the drivers descend on the leaking tanker.

A huge fireball consumes the entire tanker, along with most of the petrol thieves.


However, without anybody being charged for culpability, either from the Shell side of things, the contractor which owned the tanker, which maybe caused the explosion by short-circuited electrics; or any of the 160 dead, because one of them probably lit a cigarette: the Pakistani oil and gas Regulator orders; with absolutely no proof obtained through legal procedures, that Shell pay $2.4 million both in compensation to the families of the dead, and fines.

Bet you are glad that you didn’t live in a country where someone in a position of direct authority could literally decide who is guilty before anyone has been charged!


I forgot!

6 comments for ““Is he reaching for a cigarette?”

  1. Errol
    July 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Theyre jus thieves. If they hadn’t tried to steal the petrol, they wouldn’t be dead. Thus they are up for the Darwin awards.

    Oh well.

  2. Mudplugger
    July 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    One could argue that the high death-rate was due to the local mullah advertising the opportunity from the minaret. So sue the imam.

    Most likely source of ignition would be the dodgy electrics or glowing exhaust of one of the many motorcycles which rushed to the scene for a freebie fill-up – but it’s always easiest to blame the smokers – it’ll be Grenfell Towers next.

    • John in cheshire
      July 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      It doesn’t work that way in muslim countries; if you’re a non-muslim or a non-muslim company, the sheer fact that you are in the country makes you guilty whenever anything goes wrong. The muslim mentality is that if you, a non-muslim, weren’t there it wouldn’t have happened, thus it’s your fault.

    • Mona
      July 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      One could argue that the high death rate could be due to retarded cognitive functioning due to excessive inbreeding, Yes its Pakistanis, clearly evident here in Britain where the taxpayer provides for their children who are handicapped twice over.

  3. Penseivat
    July 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I read about this in the Daily Mail, but it didn’t say how much the mosque was worth.

  4. July 9, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Allah provides!
    Penseviat, given the state of Pakistan I’d go a fiver for the mosque.

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