Barbarism or Justice Served?

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The crowds that gathered around and witnessed the burning bodies of the three robbers near the Timber Market, Karachi yesterday said they were ‘happy over the incident and praised the persons who had torched these robbers alive.’

Is this justice served or a mob that acted out of sheer frustration and torched three men, two of whom died on the spot and the third succumed to his death in the hospital?

Granted the looting and robbing of citizens has reached new highs in recent times and the people were fed up of being robbed and looted. But can this act of ignorance and brutality ever be justified by any means? Where is the sense in torching three human beings to death? What law were these people following and why have none of them been taken in to custody for murder?

As always, there were conflicting reports of what actually happened and how. Daily Times stated that only one police mobile was present at the time when the robbers were fleeing after looting a house and were fired upon. As a result of the chase that the police gave, two of the robbers were shot dead and one was critically wounded. The mobs wanted to beat and set fire to the three bodies which they gladly did while both the police and the Edhi Ambulance people were shoved back by thousands of angry residents.

There was a conflicting account in the very same news clipping that the robbers were caught fleeing by the residents and were beaten up with any thing they could lay their hands on and THEN they were torched to death while atleast 5-6 police mobiles and one ambulance service were rendered helpless by the angry crowds.

What are we turning in to? Just recently we saw chaos in Multan where angry mobs took to the streets and damaged private and government property in their own style of protests against the impending load sheddings. And now yet again, law has been taken in the hands of a common man and three men, although criminals, were burnt alive in broad day light as a lesson for others who followed the same path.

So does this mean we do not need law and order in our country any more? Is there no need for police or the army or the courts or any laws and sentences?

Who is going to be held responsible for this heinous act? The robbers who rob, the people who killed them, the policemen who watched, the ambulance staff who couldn’t help, or us all who will think about this for five minutes and then move on?


24 Responses to “Barbarism or Justice Served?”

  1. 1 tasha
    May 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    JUSTIFIED! You don’t know how sick and tired people in Karachi are of these leeches. The police? they are involved too and have their share in the loots. Why should any one turn to them for help? No Mr. Fauzan, this is justice served and nothing more.

  2. 2 Hussain
    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    tasha you are as sick as the people who participated in this exercise.

  3. 3 Kernit
    May 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    This is sick and twisted sh*t! These men deserve to be brought to justice and not burned alive.

  4. May 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Tasha I’m sorry to say that your views are as dangerous as those who think ending lives like this is absolutely right. If everyone started doing this then imagine where it would lead us. What message are we sending to the outside world by achieving this ‘justice’. Think about it.

  5. 5 Hassaan
    May 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I agree, even if you look at Islam the biggest punishment they could get is get their hands cut off
    Murder for stealing is inhuman
    and thats coming from a guy who loves blood and gore 🙂

  6. 6 Olive
    May 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    O God! This is terrible. There are laws to abide by and if the police is involved then the people should protest against it rather than becoming the judge, the jury, and the executioner themselves.

  7. 7 tasah
    May 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Yes it looks sickening to see bodies burning but don’t forget that the likes of these animals have killed innocent people for something as small as a cellular phone on the streets. They have robbed houses and left familes homeless. They have raped our sisters and mothers and had the audacity to walk away with no remorse or justice served to them. I don’t think for a second that these animals deserve any thing less for their crude nature.

  8. May 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    @ Miss Tasha: As credible and strong as your reasons for supporting this ‘just cause’ might be, there isn’t a law that allows burning people alive for a robbery. But who are we to know any thing about laws anyways? We, unfortunately, don’t have the decency to stay still at a red traffic light or form a queue so to speak of. Who are we to abide by the laws and the rules in the first place?

    Also, before you raise a finger at the police and their role as ‘partners in crime’ with these bandits in your city… try to know how much does a policeman in your country earns and makes his ends meet. If anything, raise a hue and cry about paying them more so they are not seduced by the lust to get something ‘on the side’ by siding up with these thugs.

    Everything else aside, your views (although most welcomed here) are entirely misleading. They encourage violence and deem it right to take the law in your own hands

  9. 9 2Cents
    May 17, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Burning is punishment only Allah can give. It is sad to see such a severe punishment which transgresses into shirk.

    Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:

    Narrated ‘Ikrima:

    Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

  10. 10 Suleman
    May 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    its a horrific act of violence. Allah help us all!

    August 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I do not understand you bleeding hearts, all we are is animals and when we act as animals do you cringe and cry. You are all disgusting if you condemn the actions of those whom acted upon instinct, an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth. I fully support the actions they took as it sends a message, you can spout all the human rights and law jargon you want but when it comes down to it you’re just the same inside. Religion matters not and no matter whom you worship you are still a killer by nature. 🙂

  12. 12 Gurru
    December 17, 2008 at 2:35 am

    i think they earned their death like this, these were their bad deeds which burned them alive!!!

  13. 13 ALI
    December 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Beating them up was enough to end the anger, or if you broke their hands which they used for robbery was the end of punishment, but “burning” they burnt them alive!!! this is sickest cruel brutality, crowd is not even humans.

  14. 14 Eddy J
    January 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    This sh*t is similar to whats happening in South America in places like El Salvador and Nicaragua. The Mafia’s there are extremely ruthless and its common for victims to have their legs, hands cut off, eyes gorged out just for defending their property. Groups murder squads like Angel’s of Death were set-up to kill the robbers and theives. I feel bad for these victims in the picture, but there are a lot of these looters doing the same things to innocent people, and thats much worse.
    Simple answer, better education of the populace, a national database of everyones DNA, CCTV and a collective effort within communities to pay tax’s to fund all this. Without security theres nothing and we need council, government officials in Pakistan who can take a more active firm approach and do something to invest in technology that will make our limited human police resources more efficient. Also need to root out corruption in the Karachi police department with severe penalties, and get rid of the middle men between top to bottom…..WAKE UP PAKISTAN YOU NEED TO CHANGE!!!!

  15. February 19, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Very Good!!! They bloodies deserved that.. I appriciate it!!!

  16. 17 Syed Khubaib
    February 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    This is not a way for Justice, in my view whoelse was there, they did biggest sin.

  17. April 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Utter barbarism. Granted we’re sick of them, but burning them alive is just inhumane

  18. 19 Pacifist
    April 14, 2009 at 2:50 am

    since this burning event, 99% robberies have stopped in Karachi. Isn’t it good for the public?

  19. 20 Andrew
    September 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Looking at this, now i wonder why Pakistan is a crazy place and why pakistani people are held in jail throughout the world. Is there any pakistani who has a heart? As much as i try not to be negative i cant stop myself from saying that you people are animals top to bottom.

  20. September 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    this kind of punishments are medieval.and guess what?pakistan is moving into middle ages.the reason, I believe is moon god cult and it’s nomadic,barbaric followers.
    faithfreedom(dot)org is a site meant to make aware what pile of deep shit this cult is and how dangerous it is.leave the cult and be a sane person.

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