"The family doesn't even show any care for their own kid"
A viral video captured the bizarre moment a five-year-old Pakistani boy driving a black Toyota Land Cruiser.
It was reported that the boy was driving through Bosan, one of the busiest roads in Multan.
In the video, the boy is seen standing behind the wheel to reach the pedals of the SUV. No adults can be seen inside the car.
A motorist noticed that the boy was driving and decided to film it, showing the boy travelling at quite a high speed.
During the incident, the boy was not stopped at any police checkpoints nor was he spotted by traffic wardens, despite being on a busy road.
The video was captioned: “A small kid driving Land Cruiser in Multan.
“How’s his feet even touching pedals? Whose kid is this?”
A small kid driving Landcruiser in Multan ? how’s his feet even touching pedals. Whose kid is this ? pic.twitter.com/h5AXZztnYb
— Talha (@talha_amjad101) January 26, 2021
The incident went viral and it led to concern among netizens. Many criticised the parents for letting the boy drive at such a young age and said it would put him and others around him at risk.
One person said: “This is really insane, it’s really more than just being irresponsible.
“The family doesn’t even show any care for their own kid, forget the ones around him.”
“Even if it’s a prank, the car should be impounded and the parents of the kid should be penalised.”
A third wrote: “This is not a joke and rather a serious matter.”
Police decided to take action after the video went viral. An investigation was launched to identify the child’s parents.
Chief Traffic Officer Zafar Buzdar said that action will be taken against the parents for putting the lives of the child and others in danger.
Traffic officers collected footage from CCTV cameras. They then managed to find the vehicle and noted the registration plate.
A few days after the video went viral, the Pakistani boy was identified as Fahad. His father, Mazhar Abbas, told police that his son had driven away without his knowledge.
Mazhar admitted that the incident took place due to his ignorance and negligence.
He promised that he would not allow his son to drive until he reaches adulthood.
CTO Buzdar warned Mazhar that legal action would be taken if it happens again.