WHERE is this society headed? Two gruesome incidents that occurred on Friday clearly indicate the depths we have sunk to. In the first, a 1,000-strong mob beat to death and later burnt the corpse of a suspect for allegedly desecrating the Quran in Sindh’s Dadu district. The mob prised the victim out of police lock-up and decided to dispense ‘justice’ themselves. Meanwhile in Karachi, in an apparent revenge attack, the associates of an ANP leader shot earlier in the day barged into the emergency department of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and killed one of the suspected assailants. Firing into the air, the enraged men had arrived at the hospital where the body of the slain ANP leader was brought and, upon discovering that one of the suspected assailants was in the same facility, shot him while he was in the casualty ward.

One can imagine the sheer terror that must have overtaken the patients, doctors, and others present at the hospital. Doctors are often manhandled by emotional attendants. Also, in Karachi it is normal for political activists to resort to heavy gunfire every time a fellow worker is brought to hospital for treatment or autopsy. The JPMC was also targeted in the past, when a bomb went off on Chehlum in 2010. But this is a frightening new development — perhaps the first time a victim has been shot inside a casualty ward in the city. Yet no satisfactory steps have been taken to improve security for doctors or patients at the facility. As far as the lynching case is concerned, suspected criminals as well as alleged ‘blasphemers’ have been meted out similar treatment by charged mobs in the past. Both incidents are indicators of the madness and zea-lotry that is now swee-ping across Pakistan. In this violent, brutal society, logic and sanity are fast becoming nebulous concepts.

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Asjadullah Qureshi
December 23, 2012 9:46 am
it is horrifying where our society is heading to, and the state machinery seems totally defunct. We all are waiting for some 'messiah' to take us out of this state of despondency. May Allah give guidance to our people to select the 'better ones' this elections.
December 23, 2012 7:20 pm
This is probably the first that time things like this are happening in a place like Dadu. Usually, Rural Sindh is a lot more tolerant compared to other parts of the country. What's really going on there?
Gerry D'Cunha
December 23, 2012 3:27 pm
has any religious parties condemned this act? Why!!! can any one answer this question?
December 23, 2012 4:38 pm
May Allah give guidance to our people to select the ?better ones? this elections. Allah is not going to come to Pakistan, make an appointment with public to guide, it has never done that. Blind, deaf, dumb we were not at birth but ended up with the hard work of successive governments. Sign are displayed for masses to see, and be guided. Which ill (AZAB) has not fallen on this hapless nation and all man made. From corruption-More the corrupt the higher the office, floods and re floods with no lesson learned with each passing catastrophe, health services to kill, educational apartheid, education centers to de humanize, Endemic diseases, long cured and consigned to history books spreading like wild fire. Public has been brain washed and cannot be guided-lessons learned from fall of Dhaka. Better ones need Election and not selection, The chosen ones have already been Selected in Rawalpindi.
December 23, 2012 7:49 am
So true.
Cyrus Howell
December 23, 2012 12:59 pm
Justice delayed is Justice denied. The Taliban have signed off on that one.
Cyrus Howell
December 23, 2012 12:47 pm
Easy for you to say.
December 23, 2012 12:28 pm
Whenever there is absence of a justice system such things are inevitable (JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED)
December 23, 2012 5:01 am
It appears that the government lost its control over the mobs. Mobs break into a police station and free a prisnor to be killed and burned. May be the government is tolerating mob control and is not serious or willing to control the mobs. It is duty of the elected government to implement the rule of law as in civilized societies. .
Kashif Khan
December 23, 2012 6:36 am
As a nation, we have lost all sanity and reasoning. We are a nation of angry mob fulled by daily doses from our media outlets.
December 23, 2012 6:41 am
the person killed by mob were incited by the mullah in the mosque, and helped by the police as it was their duty to protect him in the arab countries esoecilly the gulf, the surmon given in the mosque is vetted by the authorities, why cam pakistn do the same, even the mullah should be booked for murder,
December 30, 2012 11:42 pm
All this is the result of freely available automatic weapons to anyone with the 'right' connections. Law enforcement has become relegated to private security guard duties for the so called 'high' society. As a nation there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel sadly.
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