Photo-Op: How Many Can You Count?

Posted on November 4, 2008
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This photograph, was taken yesterday (Nov. 2) by Khalid Tanveer of the Associated Press. Take from a different angle, it continues to boggle the mind. It is a train coming back from Multan after a religious congregation. Was this just a photo-op or were they actually traveling like this.

Did anyone call the Gunniess Book of World Records to count the number of people stuck to the train?

27 Comments on “Photo-Op: How Many Can You Count?”

  1. Tazeen says:
    November 4th, 2008 12:35 am


  2. Asma says:
    November 4th, 2008 1:06 am

    And it’s still on the track =D

  3. wasiq says:
    November 4th, 2008 1:18 am

    This photo captures the incredible sense of freedom I feel every time I visit Pakistan as a traveler from the stifling and rule-bound West. Long live Pakistan!

  4. ASAD says:
    November 4th, 2008 1:45 am

    I bet this train is not moving. But mind-boggling nonetheless

  5. Eidee Man says:
    November 4th, 2008 2:14 am

    OBVIOUSLY this train isn’t moving.

    I agree with Wasiq; where else but in Pakistan!

  6. November 4th, 2008 3:14 am

    Nawa-i-Waqt reported yesterday that they were actually coming from Multan from Maulana Ilyas Sunnat congregation.Train certainly cannot move as driver can,t see rom the window

  7. Roshan says:
    November 4th, 2008 3:54 am
  8. Faraz says:
    November 4th, 2008 4:31 am

    I don’t believe it. How on earth? What are they clinging to? Photoshopped? Doesn’t look like it. Are they doing this just for the photograph, because clearly once the train starts moving they will be falling off like flies. Not safe – even by Pakistani standards.

  9. Mahrukh Abbasi says:
    November 4th, 2008 6:59 am

    I love it! lol…aap sirf jazba dekhain!….we’ll do anything :)

  10. Khushi Muhammad says:
    November 4th, 2008 7:01 am

    “Haq mughfirat karay ajab azad mard haiN” :)

  11. Asim Kaleem says:
    November 4th, 2008 7:08 am

    Shame on Railways who since after 60 years still not been able to at least cater to the needs of Paksitani Commuters. Its certain that when people dont have facilities to move freely they will just get on it what ever can take them back. Indeed one of many scenes of Qayamat in Pakistan.

  12. Isloo says:
    November 4th, 2008 9:05 am

    Ah, I chanced upon this picture yesterday in MX (a commuter’s magazine in Melbourne, Australia), while I was taking tram back to my home. I was heartened to reassured that Sufi message is still very popular in Pakistan, and people passionately attend the Urs of saints, otherwise I had tended to believe that petro-Islam (Wahabi Islam) has prevailed in our society, and bigotry and intolerance reign.

  13. Isloo says:
    November 4th, 2008 9:12 am

    Ohh sorry! Th caption in that commuter’s magazine read that these people were coming back from a Muslim saint’s Urs in MUltan, so I thought it might be the Urs of any one of Multan’s renowned sufi saints. But I just read the comments of one of readers who said these people gathered to attend an ahl-i-sunnat gathering. So, I’m not sure if that ideology is anti or pro sufi movements.

  14. Poulee says:
    November 4th, 2008 9:44 am

    There sure is nothing like Pakistan…we are one and only…It’s a parallal universe that real world can never comprehend. There are two main groups in Pakistan…These simple urs goes are still better than the Jihadi (Petro Islamists)….Long Live Islamic Republic of Pakistan….

  15. M. Jamaluddin Thaheem says:
    November 4th, 2008 10:59 am

    For ISLOO:
    Sorry to others for derailing from the main topic, but dear, the Sufi Islam is still very much in our country. Yes, the Wahabi version has increased during last few years but even then the Ahle-Sunnat people are still in quite a large quantity. The reason the other version seems more evident is their work; I admit they work too much with all their efforts concentrated into it for spreading their message and organizing large gatherings is part of their strategy. That’s why it seems they outnumber the other groups. Otherwise, Sufis have still their firm grip on the hearts of people living in Pakistan.

  16. November 4th, 2008 11:27 am

    can any one guess train speed? :)

  17. November 4th, 2008 12:25 pm

    @ Isloo

    They are very moderate muslims belong to Brelvi School of thought, participated very actively in Pakistan Movement and are miles away from any fanatic petro islamist group. Infact 95% of Pakistanis muslims are either belong to Deoband or Brelvi or Shia school of thought and live with peace and harmony. Only 2% receives petro-dollars and create all mess whether in FATA , Swat etc

  18. Blofeld says:
    November 4th, 2008 1:31 pm

    Here is another picture of this train in today’s Dawn.

  19. Alex says:
    November 4th, 2008 2:03 pm

    Amazing picture. Who they are and where they are coming from does not matter, but what they are doing on the train is awesome… in a crazy sort of way

  20. MQ says:
    November 4th, 2008 4:28 pm

    This picture symbolizes some of the problems Pakistan is facing:
    1. Uncontrolled growth of population
    2. Inadequate infrastructure and services, and last, and very important
    3. Increasing number of young people, mostly semi-literate, converging at such “religious” gatherings that do nothing but brainwash them into bigotry and intolerance.

  21. coldrain says:
    November 4th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Speaks volumes for the kind of education they received from the religious congregation.

  22. essa says:
    November 5th, 2008 8:28 am

    nice picture showing the openness in pakistani society ,that the will of people works and life chills ,no matter how bad the economic condition and how much third class leaders we have in our country.
    we live strong even under extreme poverty and show resilence to any form .

  23. Hissam says:
    November 5th, 2008 6:41 pm

    i found some more pictures on a russian website
    warning! might contain some adult content

  24. Talha says:
    November 6th, 2008 2:34 am

    Totally out of context.

    Saw you on Geo yesterday, and you looked as informative and nice as you did about a decade ago on PTV :)

    Rock on…

  25. YLH says:
    November 10th, 2008 4:12 am

    There exists such a thing as “Wahabization” of Sufism as well… it is not discussed very often but we see that these “tolerant” Muslims are now increasingly radical to match the radicalism of Wahabi Muslims… and often there is little or nothing that separates them from each other.

    The fantasy of low church and high church now only exists in the make-believe world of academia.

  26. Roshan says:
    November 10th, 2008 3:22 pm

    Here is a video of a train in the same Ijtama in the outskirts of Multan.

  27. alizay says:
    November 16th, 2008 1:32 pm

    I think these people are deprived of entertainment in their lives and out just to chill. We should just admire their courage of smiling under poverty. Good perspective i must say!

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