“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’re 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!

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