Lahore, July 14 : It seems cars' rear screens in Lahore have become a platform for slogans and adages, even as one can find all kinds of messages, including romantic, political or those involving youthful fun, splashed on the back of the cars.
The witty, and sometimes smutty, statements are often written to catch people's attention. Some youngsters also write quotations and even names of their beloved ones, especially their girlfriends, reports the Daily Times.
Sohail Malik, a resident of Gulberg, had a statement on his car reading, "Mom says no more girls." He said that he had written it just for the sake of fun, and that his views on the 'issue' were totally different. "Girls often dislike this statement, but some become my friend just because of it," he said, adding that he did not believe that there was anything 'immoral' in it, and that he was just using his 'freedom of expression'.
Amir, a resident of Model Town, had "If you are mad, I am your dad" written on the back screen of his car. Explaining the weird-sounding adage, he said it was a 'warning to others' attempting to overtake him on the city roads, and didn't hesitate to add that it was not an attempt to hurt anybody's feelings.
The young drivers often write such statements on their cars to make readers laugh. A youngster had a message on the back of her car that read, "Fasla rakhain warna piyar ho jaye ga" (Keep distance or you might fall in love).
Another car in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) had "Waldain ka adab karo, Santro kia BMW bhi milay ge" (Respect your parents and you'll get a BMW instead of a Santro) written on it. Aqif Sheikh, another resident of the DHA had written "Looking good is a curse" on his car. Another car in the locality had "Save the drama for your mama" written on it.
As youngsters write statements on the back screens of their cars to seek attention, others use the space to spread their agenda. This practice was evident during the general elections when political workers wrote slogans on their cars in favour of their leaders. Some lawyers had also pasted stickers in favour of sacked judges on the back screen of their cars. Some of them read, 'Restore Judges' and 'Save Judiciary, Join Lawyers' Movement'.
Safdar Hussain, a lawyer, said that the stickers had played an important role in creating awareness on the issues among people. He said that there was no harm in using 'modern methods' for sharing one's ideology.