Yesterday an Urdu daily Khabrian published this shocking image which showed three people being burnt alive whilst a large crowd stood watching. A Daily Times reporter wrote a story without the gruesome image. For the record I must fully condemn this incident and my sharing this story is only to highlight the failing morals of our society, when none of its people expect any form of justice they are inadvertenly (willingly or unwillingly) forced to take matters into their own hands.
A group of incensed residents of the Nishtar Road neighbourhood beat and burnt three robbers so badly on Wednesday that two died on the spot and another died at hospital.
The three men (according to some reports there was one more) were caught trying to escape after robbing flat No. 303 of Samia Kalam Building during which its resident Akbar was injured, said DSP Malik Mazar Hussain. There were reports that the men of the area got together to grab the men who were beaten with whatever they could lay their hands on, including sticks and blades. Some type of oil was sprinkled on them and a match was lit.
Practically the people of Pakistan are robbed, rapped and murdered on a daily basis, for long they have hoped to see justice prevail but when they sit to watch nothing happen after the May 12 Massacre, December 27th Assassination or the April 9th lawyer burning incidents, one incident after another with no individual being brought to justice. Then this frustration builds up to an extent that an angry mob might take matters into their own hands to do such acts publicly on Nishter Road, Karachi. I assure you any argument still does not justify the action taken by this ruthless crowd, they are no different then the criminals themselves, but one must for a moment try to understand the gravity of the situation.
When dictators are not punished for committing treason against the nation, when they people watch helplessly a few Army Generals amass wealth hoardings without accountability, when criminals and murderers get amnesty under NRO, when crooks like Salman Taseer and Rehman Malik come to power, when courts are filled with PCO goons, this is what happens when people do not have faith in the courts.
Its quite simple to understand that a just society can only survive, when criminals across the board are held accountable for their actions, it is only then will Pakistan resume it trek forward, economic stability and surmount the looming food or electricity crisis. Possible only good intelligent (and honest) procedures are put in place along with a judiciary which needs to be fundamentally independent to gain trust of its people or else it shall always remain a rubber stamp for the establishment like it has always been for the past 60 years.
All I can hope is to have Justice prevail in Pakistan while at the same time I shed a tear to sincerely pray for God to have mercy on us