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Lynch mob phenomenon


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IN a most heart-breaking incident in Channigoth on the outskirts of Bahawalpur a ‘blasphemer’ was set on fire by the people.

An FIR had been lodged but no arrest had been made.

The people should not take law into their own hands but leave it for the law-enforcing institutions.

Pakistan has become an anomie state with lawlessness taking deep roots in the society.

The shameful part of the incident is that the police were there but failed to rescue the mentally ill man from the mob.

This shows the inefficiency of the police department.

The people who burnt the man did not, even for a moment, thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. But this is contrary to Islamic teachings.

People have no right to penalise an accused by putting aside the law.

I was shocked when I came across people who were appreciating this brutal act.

This attitude shows their ignorance of Islamic teachings. This trend will solidify the basis of anarchy in our country.

Why do we raise voices against the West when they label Islam as a ‘violent religion’?

This is what we are practicing and portraying by our disgusting actions.

We ourselves are damaging the image of Islam in the whole world. Just think for a moment: “Are we true Muslims?”

MARIA MALIK Channigoth

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Mukhtar Jul 12, 2012 12:34pm
blah, blah, blah. In Pakistan that will never happen. The lynch mob will continue to punish people for "blasphemy", what a primitive Neanderthal society
Kalim Ahmad Jul 12, 2012 06:39pm
A barbaric act indeed. Then again I am not surprised. This is the result of decades of misinformation, wrong and twisted interpretation of religion. We have not only failed as a nation but we have also failed as individuals for it is us who make up this so called islamic society. Our elders, educational institutions, religious groups/seminaries have totally failed to guide the younger generation and thus we are totally devoid of any civic sense. The word humanity sadly does not exist in the real world in Pakistan. The majority sadly does not condone any wrongdoings and in fact lends support to all sorts of uncivilised and evil acts. Minorities have taken a big hit. My head hangs in shame when I see and hear everything that happens everyday in this so called land of the pure.We as a nation have lost all sense and continue to behave in an irrationally. We in fact have turned into psychopaths who enjoy torture, killings and all sort of barbaric acts. I cannot see a silver lining and these dark days are going to hang over us for decades.
sajjad hussain Jul 12, 2012 05:47am
The culprit should be hanged. Secondly, the media should play a very important role in educating the public not to take law into their hands.
sajjad Hussain Jul 12, 2012 05:48am
The culprit should be publicly hanged and the media should play a very important role in educating public not to take law into their hands.
Murtuza Babrawala Jul 12, 2012 09:45pm
These people are not only extremist but also savages. These are the same kind of people who killed two young boys in Sialkot, killed the popular Governor of Punjab and Minority affairs minister and put the blasphemy blame on one poor Christian woman. People like these should eliminated and should be given exemplary punishment for their crimes.
Zeeshan Jul 13, 2012 01:51am
Pakistan has become a lawless society because the law does not serve the people.