PTI Media Affairs Head Faisal Vawda is said to like his cars, but his newest pride and joy appears to be a heavy bike.
Vawda was recently seen riding down Karachi's Zamzama Street on a heavy bike, which was cool...
...until people noticed that he was accompanied by a protocol consisting of four security vehicles, at least two of which were police.
Cue people's shock and horror!
People are understandably upset, especially since PTI chief Imran Khan has strongly condemned VIP culture.
Imran Khan's stance on VIP culture is crystal clear: in the past, he has vowed to no longer travel with a protocol, has announced a ban on protocols in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has openly denounced the government for its current practices.
In theory, protocols are given to high-profile politicians for their personal protection. Vawda's protocol's presence appears moot because he is exposed on the heavy bike and thus vulnerable despite the presence of so many armed guards. So it's not a stretch to infer that the protocol is present for the purposes of... you know, shashkay and political perks, which is an euphemism for a waste of security resources and taxpayer money. This is doubly troubling, when PTI's all about a Naya Pakistan that is all about the people and against VIP culture.
Plus, Vawda doesn't currently occupy a government office, so the question arises: how did he get a police protocol in the first place?
Speaking to Images about his bike ride, Vawda said, "We all are human and I'm a human too. So I also have the urge to do things that everyone does. On that particular day, it was cloudy and it was predicted to rain and I thought it would be a good time [to take the bike out]. I only use the bike for leisure trips, not official business. "
Elaborating on the need for an extensive security detail, he said,"I'm a businessman, my family belongs to a business community. I've been attacked, my father's been attacked in the past. And I've been keeping security for the past 20-25 years. The day Pakistan is going to be secure, I'm going to make sure that we don't need all this, that nobody wants to use security."
"Even my children don't want to use it. They're studying abroad, that's why they find it very odd," he added.