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Mob lynching is ‘worst kind of terrorism’, says Nisar

Updated Mar 18, 2015 12:02am

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Nisar says heart wrenching incidents across the world do not trigger violent reactions like in Lahore's Youhanabad. — APP/file
Nisar says heart wrenching incidents across the world do not trigger violent reactions like in Lahore's Youhanabad. — APP/file

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has reiterated his strong condemnation of the mob that brutally killed two men in the aftermath of the deadly church bombings in Lahore’s Youhanabad area, saying that the lynching witnessed on Sunday is “the worst form of terrorism”.

Nisar, speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, invoked the example of earlier attacks on imambargahs and mosques, and said that a violent mob reaction like that in Youhanabad was not witnessed in those incidents.

He condemned Sunday's Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan - Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP-JA)-claimed attacks on two churches in Lahore and further said that such incidents occurred all over the world.

Read: 15 killed in Taliban attack on Lahore churches

“A similar incident occurred right in the heart of Paris where a synagogue was attacked,” Nisar added, “But the minority Jews did not react violently in the French capital.”

While the federal minister acknowledged that minorities have been targeted in the country for the last 14 years, he added that heartrending incidents across the world do not trigger violent reactions like in Lahore.


Outline of Chaudhry Nisar’s address in Parliament:

  • Those involved in Youhanabad lynching will be punished
  • Not possible to secure every mosque, imambargah in the country
  • Shafqat Hussain case should not be politicised
  • Pakistan should become an open, liberal, independent and democratic society
  • Nation will have to unite to send terrorists to hell

“Shias were attacked in Shikarpur and Quetta but no reaction was witnessed like the one in Lahore — what message did the burning of two men send to the world?” he said, adding that the burning of the two men and damage to government installations is the “worst form of terrorism”.

He added that the mob was promoting the agenda of terrorists. “The intention of the terrorists is to spread sectarian strife. Naeem was an innocent citizen,” Nisar said, referring to one of the lynched men who has been identified by his family.

Also read: Lahore lynching victim identified as local glass cutter

Nisar expressed appreciation for the efforts of senior Christian leaders of Lahore to defuse the situation, but warned that strict action would be taken against those who lynched and burnt the two men. “The incident is a cause of humiliation for our country, police, courts and government.”

“We have recorded the faces of many culprits courtesy of the media, we shall take action against each and every one of them.”

He highlighted that the dead include “seven Muslims as well”, although he soon added, “I am giving this statement only to clarify the records since the death of one person, be it Muslim or Christian, is tantamount to the death of all humanity.”

'Impossible to secure all places of worship'

Nisar admitted that it was not possible for authorities to secure each mosque and place of worship in the country.

He said police did not have enough manpower to depute three to four personnel at every place of worship let alone schools.

"We cannot shutdown our markets, schools or places of worship. This is what the terrorists want. We have to become an open, liberal, independent and democratic society," said the federal interior minister adding that, "We have limitations, but there has been improvement."

He also appealed for focus to be shifted on the improvement which has taken place in the country rather than on individual incidents.

Nisar said that the country is in a state of war and the nation will have to unite and remain prepared for any threat.

He appreciated the efforts of the parliament in maintaining unison in the country and said that through the combined efforts of the nation the terrorists will be sent to hell.

Chaudjry Nisar Ali Khan also took the House into confidence over the progress made into the Shikarpur tragedy and said that two major culprits of the incident have been arrested with the close coordination of intelligence and security agencies.

He said others behind the incident are also on the target list of the security agencies.

Also read: At least 60 killed in blast at Shikarpur imambargah

At least 60 people were killed and 60 others injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah (mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims) in Sindh province's Shikarpur district

'Govt ready to consider proof in Shafqat Hussain case'

Earlier, the federal interior minister spoke about the issue pertaining to the execution of a condemned prisoner, Shafqat Hussain, saying that if any party or individual could come up with proof to ascertain that the criminal is a juvenile, the interior ministry will respond positively.

“The issue has caught so much attention that I would speak on it briefly in the House. On my right side, a political party that rules Sindh issued a formal statement on the matter two days ago. Another political party, which is not present here today, has also issued a formal statement.

There are many other political leaders who have expressed their views on this issue.”

“Everyone has the right to express their views and opinions. Every political party has the right of expression. But let us keep politics aside on this important issue," Nisar said.

He said the matter had first been brought to his attention in December, when Hussain's execution date had been decided. But he had the execution postponed because the moratorium on the death penalty had not been completely lifted at the time.

Hussain, a watchman at a residential complex, was condemned to death by a Karachi anti-terrorism court in September 2004 for abducting and killing a seven-year-old child and is said to have been juvenile at the time of committing the crime.

Read: Court order for Shafqat's execution has shattered our hopes, says family

"I respect the reaction to the issue but I have to ask why the issue was not raised in and outside the courts when the ATC had handed down the punishment in 2004 or when the appeal was presented in a high court in 2006 and in the apex court in 2007," Nisar said.

He further asked as to why had anyone not questioned the rejection of the convict's appeal by the then president of Pakistan in 2012.

The federal interior minister said that the government had forwarded the proposal of conducting a DNA test of the prisoner and added that, "The Sindh government has written to us today that the DNA test of the convict cannot be conducted since it would negate all previous legal proceedings."

Also read: PPP for halting Shafqat’s execution

He said that if the PPP or any other party wants a stay on the execution then they should also advise a way to prove that the age of the convict recorded in the official documents is incorrect.

Nisar reminded that any action in this regard would have to be taken within the next 36 hours as Hussain is set to be executed on March 19.

He also said that, "The rights of the aggrieved party have to be considered as well, as the victim was a seven-year-old boy from Karachi, as well as a Pakistani."

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Brijesh P Mar 17, 2015 02:16pm

If the Government sleeps, the people will take up its role. Unfortunate!

Shahid Lakhani Mar 17, 2015 02:19pm

Situation is slipping out of hands

Hammad Hasan Mar 17, 2015 02:24pm

Well said Mr. Nisar!

Abdulla Hussain Mar 17, 2015 02:24pm

Mob lynching is ‘worst kind of terrorism’, says Nisar.

What action you are taking to stop this worst terrorism in future.

Haider Rehman Mar 17, 2015 02:28pm

On the spot Nisar. But sadly the world doesnt see killing of Shias or Hazaras equal to that of a Christian. The killing of every innocent human equally disturbs me.

aki Mar 17, 2015 02:35pm

I say shame on police force. NS this is what u get after politicising police n trying to use them as personal servants...civilian governments hve time n again proved that they are incapable of running affairs of the state and if it wasn't for Army we would hve been facing situation same as Syria. Are thy only good in corruption n making money for themselves? Its high time to get rid of old politicians.

Gagan Mar 17, 2015 02:42pm

Hands are slipping out of situation,What to do ???

usman Mar 17, 2015 02:43pm

“I am giving this statement only to clarify the records since the death of one person, be it Muslim or Christian, is tantamount to the death of all humanity.” couldn't have said it better bravo ch saheb for once

Anarchist Mar 17, 2015 02:43pm

Ch. Nisar is quick to compare France with Pakistan (perhaps a bad joke on his part), but he forgets the difference in governance and performance of state institutions between the two countries. Had the Punjab government taken strict action against killings of Christians in Gojra, Joseph Colony and other areas in the province, perhaps people, especially minorities, would still have some trust in Punjab police.

Its police's responsibility to maintain law and order. Punjab police, however, was a mere spectator during the whole affair. I dont know when our rulers will introduce badly needed institutional reforms because time is running out. They just keep on dragging on from one crisis to another.

KAlam Mar 17, 2015 02:50pm

we must value human lives and condemn all forms of terrorism as this is simply barbarism and can not be termed as human acts.

victor Mar 17, 2015 02:52pm

So what have you done Mr. Nisar to protect the minorities ?this incidence was unfortunate. However the other minorites may react the same way.since you and your Government have failed to protect them they have taken the law into their own hands. Before it is too late you need to wake up and not only protect the minorities but also punish the people committing these crimes against the minorities

Shuaib Bhat Mar 17, 2015 02:58pm

Even more strict action should be taken against extremists.

Ahmed Mar 17, 2015 02:58pm

The Shias have never been violent.

Dinesh Singh Mar 17, 2015 03:25pm

Strange observation by a Honorable Minister "burning of the two men and damage to government installations is the “worst form of terrorism”."

Can he enlighten the public what is "what is best form of terrorism".

Riz Mar 17, 2015 03:27pm

less lectures more actions

Saeed Mar 17, 2015 03:30pm

No doubt lynching is worst type of action but it's a reminder for high ups that masses are getting frustrated of hypocritical policy of dealing with militant ideology. We need social scientists to solve the problem.

TP Mar 17, 2015 03:32pm

It may also desperation of minorities and their lack of trust in our criminal justice system.

Amir Mar 17, 2015 03:33pm

They need to do the Karachi operation as the first priority and forget all else.

FerozQ Mar 17, 2015 03:33pm

This is blindfolded view of mob lynching. I tried to google similar statement by the powers to be in Pakistan over the Mob Lynching of the Christian Couple by throwing them alive in a brick kiln, alas I could not find any. Needless to say that it is always religious minorities with fault. The interior minister should be ashamed of his statement about lack of mob violence by Shias, because he is just sending a coded message to the minorities to "just take it, you don't matter".

Manjeet kocchar Mar 17, 2015 03:34pm

@Ahmed very sad to read this particular comment. it intends to say that people should take things lying down. Lynching per se is a crime of first degree why don't you read the message behind this pugnacious response. When Govt is unable to contain the terrorism ultimately people started taking law in their own hands. This comment is sad as the commentator is urbane , having access to internet and must have the ability to correctly understand and analyze the situation. What will be the state of mind of alumni of madrassas

YOUKNOWIMRIGHT Mar 17, 2015 03:37pm

This is what happens when minorities are not properly protected, not necessarily by police but a national mindset. They get attacked and when they responded they become the terrorists. Thanks Minister..... for nothing.

in your face Mar 17, 2015 03:38pm

Talk is cheap. Blame the victim.

Ramesh Krishnan Mar 17, 2015 03:39pm

It is because of your governments policies the people are taking law into their own hands...Take strong steps against Lashkar e Jhangvi, Lashkar e taiba and other religious terrorists...Minorities are being slaughtered do some thing about it..

M.M.Sherazi Mar 17, 2015 03:42pm

It is should be dealt through Military Courts, We should never tolerate such gruesome acts of the people who are inhuman and deserve no mercy at all. Ch. Nisar please make sure that each and every one who was dancing over the burning bodies of two innocent people, is not spare and tried under the anti-terrorism act leading to the exemplary punishment... it is so abhorrent act..

Anthony Mar 17, 2015 03:52pm

The Shia Muslims have been very tolerant due to high Literacy and very good leadership. The chain of leadership is commendable.

We Christians despite the teachings of CHRIST to love the Oppressor do not heed to that teachings, forgiveness is the example Christ set for us, unconditional forgiveness. Brothers and Sisters its the season of LENT please pray for divine interference that we can learn to forgive our oppressors and love our neighbour.

Manjeet kocchar Mar 17, 2015 03:55pm

@TP when death is at a hair line distance every theory dogma falls apart

Jawad U Rahman Mar 17, 2015 04:01pm

When the state fails its primary responsibility of protecting all citizens, horrible incidents like these are bound to happen. Do your job first, then judge other actions.

faisal Mar 17, 2015 04:10pm

Do something practical. Actions speak louder than words. Enough of rhetoric!

Parvez Mar 17, 2015 04:12pm

This is diverting the attention from the suicide bombers ........ why not tell the people as to who brain-washed them, which madrassa did they come from, who were the handlers on the scene. When you fail to provide security and justice to the people...they will finally resort to mob-justice ( wrong as it is )

mahmood Kh Mar 17, 2015 04:16pm

and bombing in "Small kind of terrorism" this happen when trust lost and the do not believe on you system, this time everything is out of control, you can't provide security to civilian than why you are angry on them if they are reacting.

KS Mar 17, 2015 04:25pm

Lack of Education at every level of society. Although we hundreds of schools, colleges and universities! And as an individual lack trust in government, executive and judiciary for fair treatment ...

Kenneth Mar 17, 2015 04:25pm

By what criteria can it be stated that the mob violence that killed two innocent people any worse than the terrorist attack that killed 16 innocent people? It's all bad. Why would anyone make a statement like this anyway? Responsible leadership stays away from comments of this nature.

Javed Khan Mar 17, 2015 04:35pm

“A similar incident occurred right in the heart of Paris where a synagogue was attacked,” Nisar added, “But the minority Jews did not react violently in the French capital.”

In 2000, Palestinians in Ramallah lynched 2 isrealis and Aziz Salha, one of the lynchers, was released in Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

khanm Mar 17, 2015 04:40pm

Anarchy leads to lynch mob... when justice fails, when the security apparatus fails, when the law and order fails what do you expect...

Khan Mar 17, 2015 04:43pm

Minister rightly said. In KP 100's of people died in single attack. No body turned violent. Even no body protested for them

Javeed Mar 17, 2015 04:43pm

There is no difference between the one who bombed and the ones who burned the man alive! Heartening pictures, how can any1 do it. Humanity was at its lowest, the people were taking pics after burning the people alive! Both are terrorists and are not safe for the society.

Tahir A Mar 17, 2015 04:45pm

I do not approve of the lynching. But non-action of the minorities also taken as weakness by others.

Ozair Mar 17, 2015 04:45pm

In France the Government was competent enough to catch the terrorist within 48 hours, in Pakistan no terrorist has ever been caught and even if they are, they usually escape or pay their way out or worse become hero's such as Mumtaz Qadri who deserve to rot in jail or be put down. The Government is failing and someone needs to come in and clean this act up before there's nothing left to save, most educated and hard working Pakistan's who could have fled have left already to other countries and the ones left are suffering.

Atif Mar 17, 2015 04:52pm

I salute to all our Pakistani brothers and sisters who have witnessed their beloved killed in such terrorist incidents and stayed calm and they didn't took the law in their hands. I request to all my Christian countrymen to stay calm, we all as Pakistanis are in a state of war and we together can curb this menace. Please don't lynch innocents on mere apprehensions.

John Mar 17, 2015 05:13pm

Pakistan was remarkably resilient as a country till now. Any lesser country with so much internal violence would have fallen apart long ago, but this lynching incidence changes everything this is a warning sign for things to come.

Genesis Mar 17, 2015 05:31pm

he added that heartrending incidents across the world do not trigger violent reactions like in Lahore......it is easy to make this judgement but one should put oneself into the shoes of the minorities to experience their frustration

prada Mar 17, 2015 05:34pm

Well said Mr Nisar at least now we have a govt he doesn't speak illogical nonsense and is not only ready but taking action as well.

Rahul Mar 17, 2015 05:44pm

Mr. Nisar, What about the Christian couple burnt alive in the Brick Kiln by a Sunni Muslim mob. Any justice for them?

Saleem Aziz Mar 17, 2015 05:50pm

minister sahab......dont lay the blame on people.......your intelligence and law enforcement agencies failed to protect them

muhammad ahmed khan Mar 17, 2015 05:53pm

Talk Talk and Talk !!!

Mustafa Mar 17, 2015 05:54pm

Mr Nisar where were you when Christian houses were burned and poeple burnt? Can we have similar wording on that incident? Darkporke !!!

Saleem Aziz Mar 17, 2015 05:54pm

@Abdulla Hussain

nothing.....he is doing absolutely nothing.......interior ministry in incapable to do anything

KeyPoints Mar 17, 2015 06:30pm

No need for any mob lynching. Catch any suspects and report to police. Follow-up what action taken by police. Possibility of lynching and killing an innocent person must be avoided at all costs.

Mazher Mar 17, 2015 06:31pm

This happened due to the government negligence. You guys don't' learn from the past. I am afraid this practice will continue as no measure has been taken to prevent it.

KeyPoints Mar 17, 2015 06:32pm

@Shahid Lakhani Any time there is unrest or problems. police should respond immediately. It looks like police lacks training in mob controlls?

Naseer Mar 17, 2015 06:38pm

So our honorable minister is saying that when terrorists blow up places of worship, attack school, death processions, etc, it is not worst kind of terrorism. However if people kill two innocent persons because they were angry it is the worst kind of terrorism. Killing of any innocent of any religion is wrong no matter what the circumstances. But minister should be careful in the words he chooses.

disgusted Mar 17, 2015 06:39pm

Mr Interior Minister you are the only man in this entire Parliament where you have bigots and Achakzais.A very precise and appropriate extemporay speech. Well done Sir.

no_hanky_panky Mar 17, 2015 06:44pm

Politicians..all accross the world always strongly denounces lynching..I'm not saying that lynching is right but we all know why they are so against it.

Kittu Mar 17, 2015 06:55pm

Unfortunate event but Nisar,s is too naive in his comments. Mob anger doesn't happen first few times. When govt fails to take action, mob fury takes control. When Christian Church was attcked last time, nothing happened. Patience has its limit. Don't give excuses for your failure.

Arshad Mar 17, 2015 06:59pm

Nissar Hussain forgetting that yes Mob lynching is ‘worst kind of terrorism however what happened to others regardless of their faith or color is not happening either anywhere on this planet.

He is the worst interior Minster who can only talk but no actions what so ever. The majority of security personals are only busy protecting the elite class and only handful of security staff is for masses shame on you.

Naseer Mar 17, 2015 07:41pm

Mob lynching is unacceptable under any condition. A continuous mob lynching trend can be extremely devastating for Pakistan.

Both victims of mob lynching were arrested by the police as suspects with weapons. Why media is hiding this fact now? Hiding this kind of info will only raise the hate among communities. Speak the truth and report all the facts!

Anon Mar 17, 2015 07:43pm

Dont quote first world reactions... their police gets things done!

People react violently in Pakistan because the police is notorious for being corrupt, inefficient, and basically functioning as a private army of the ruling elite. If all the police is good for is taking bribes and doing VIP duty, people are obviously going to take the law into their own hands!

Sarfraz Khan Mar 17, 2015 08:10pm

This is a total lapse of security. First a bombing happens, which is a failure of the intelligence, then the police can't control a mob because they are underfunded and ill-prepared. Then Nisar, from his cozy office has the audacity to blame others.

47% of Punjab police is still allocated to VVIP protocol. Does this not bother Nisar?

salma p john Mar 17, 2015 08:18pm

A society, where there is no justice, equality, protection and sanctity of human life is surely a dead society.

salma p john Mar 17, 2015 08:25pm

Had government taken stern action against the lynchings and killings in past, eradicated tarek e Taliban and protected its citizen; Pakistan would not have seen the blood shed.

Alok Mar 17, 2015 08:47pm

@FerozQ well said sir

Syed Ali Mar 17, 2015 09:31pm

Can Nisar tell us how many forms of terrorisms are there; seems like he knows it all

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 09:49pm

@Brijesh P

Pakistan is lawless.  What kind of working government could it have?  Government suing government means government is not functioning. There are more road blocks thrown up in the legislatures than on Pakistan's streets and roadways.
 Without unity Pakistan is a country in name only.
syed wasim haider Mar 17, 2015 09:49pm

Poor governess in Punjab.

Syed Jahangir Mar 17, 2015 09:52pm

In other parts of the world those holding public positions RESIGN if they are unable to do their JOB. Mr. Nisar you have misrebly failed at protecting the citizens and going after culprits hidden all across Pakistan and you have failed to go after those hiding them. You should RESIGN

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 09:57pm

@Shahid Lakhani

Save yourself.  Support Nawaz Sharif and his rangers whether you like him or not.

Take your choice. Law and Order or Syria? Go to war - and all your lives will be on hold. You don't see Muslim countries all over the world in trouble?

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:09pm

@Gagan

Think of something quick or run for cover.
CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:11pm

@usman

"Man's inhumanity to Man makes countless thousand mourn." Robert Burns

Paul, USA Mar 17, 2015 10:12pm

Did he comment on Christian deaths? Big No... but here he goes to comment on one Muslim death and calls it a terrorism!!!

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:17pm

@Anarchist

You cannot have Rulers and Democracy at the same time. Benjamin Franklin spoke to Americans in the street minutes after the United States Constitution was established. He told them, "We have given you a republic; if you can keep it."

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:18pm

@Dinesh Singh

The man is no intellectual, Dinesh.

Raja Farhat Abbas Mar 17, 2015 10:27pm

@Rahul Two wrongs do not make a right.!

Ahmed Awaiz Mar 17, 2015 10:37pm

@Brijesh P: what are you talking about ? you mean govt, is not lynching innocent people so mobs will get hold of innocent bystanders and lynch them ? what logic is that ?

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:50pm

@Shuaib Bhat

Prayer has never changed the world as it is. It takes more than simply prayer.

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 10:51pm

@TP

It is a lack of trust in the criminal catching system.

CYRUS Mar 17, 2015 11:02pm

@KS

Start a revolution.  That is your choice and your right.  Just make sure you win.
Syed Hasan Mar 18, 2015 12:11am

@FerozQ - Well said FerozQ

Ayesha Mar 18, 2015 12:13am

I think we should be at least sane enough to blame the act, and not the cast, religion, or nationality.

Imran A. Mar 18, 2015 01:18am

What an intelligent and philosophical man. He finally figured it out. Good for him!

Swaran singh Mar 18, 2015 02:11am

We should all repent n take lesson from this impulsive mob frenzy. Let us take processions of repentance. Nobody can bring those innocent hard working soul. Its murder. We have all gone mad. We need reason , rationality, reflection n control. Let the law handle society. Let us not take law into our hands. Let us help the law.

sid Mar 18, 2015 02:51am

@victor They can't protect the majority so how will they protect the minority.

sid Mar 18, 2015 02:55am

@Ahmed What a silly statement to make.. And what are you trying to prove?.. That Christians are violent?.. Look at what the Taliban are doing. The saying goes people with glass houses shouldn't through stones... We as muslims should remind ourselves of our shortcomings first. Remember that when you point a finger at someone, 3 of your fingers are pointing back at you!

r.h Mar 18, 2015 04:06am

Yes. Blame others for your shortcomings.

Adil Jadoon Mar 18, 2015 04:37am

This worst kind of terrorism happened with the police standing idle. Why are they not being taken to task?

Adil Jadoon Mar 18, 2015 04:39am

@Jawad U Rahman that does not justify lynchings!

Adil Jadoon Mar 18, 2015 04:40am

@Rahul They are being tried for murder as will those responsible for the current murders.

Denali Mar 18, 2015 04:49am

Words and words - now what are you going to do about it ?

Jawad U Rahman Mar 23, 2015 06:24am

@Adil Jadoon Absolutely. Neither was I trying to justify the mob's action. I was condemning state's inaction and hollow words. The fact is if the state stops doing its job, utter chaos and mayhem prevails. That is precisely what is happening in Pakistan.