‘Mughees and Muneeb were not robbers’

Published: September 2, 2010

The Butt brothers were killed and hung in Sialkot in the presence of police.

ISLAMABAD: The brothers Mughees and Muneeb Butt were not robbers. So states categorically the investigative report in the Sialkot lynching case prepared by Director-General Anti-corruption Kazim Malik.

The report was presented to the three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, which was hearing the suo motu case regarding the two brothers who were tortured by a mob and then strung up at the site of the water tank of a Rescue 1122 station last month.

The report states that there had been no case of mobile snatching registered against the two and till the time of the incident, there was no pending FIR against them in any police station. According to Malik, investigation officer Shahanshah Bukhari and medico-legal officer Dr Farooq, who conducted the autopsies, deliberately downplayed their findings and wrote up weak reports. In his recommendations, Malik has suggested that the bodies be exhumed and be examined again.

Malik has also condemned the Rescue 1122 workers, who he said initially seemed to have fulfilled their duties but later appeared to be complicit to the murder. According to the second investigation report submitted by Additional Inspector-General Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera, ex-district police officer Waqar Chohan was involved in the incident as the dead bodies of the two were strung up at the water tank in his presence.

According to the report, police officials present at the crime scene encouraged the people to kill the brothers and are so, liable of murder as are the eyewitnesses of the incident.

While recognising that there was no precedent for making such reports public, the bench called Advocate-General Punjab Khwaja Harris to the rostrum and directed him to make the reports public and monitor the progress of investigations.

Sukhera admitted that the incident had put a question mark on the role of police but assured the bench of tough action against the involved policemen. He also told the bench that the no villager was willing to give evidence but that his department had arrested 17 people and 10 police officials. SHO Rana Ilyas and other three police officials, said Sukhera, were on the run.

The chief justice then asked Sukhera about the status of the investigation into the murder of Bilal, who was shot by Mughees before the brothers were captured by the mob. Sukhera directed the questions towards DPO Sialkot Nasir Qureshi, who he said was investigating the theory that the brothers were killed in retaliation for Bilal’s death from the gunshot wound. However, Qureshi’s answers failed to satisfy the court.

Adjourning the case till Thursday (today), the chief justice directed AIG Mushtaq to continue with the investigation and to submit the challan in concerned courts on its conclusion. He also directed the concerned courts to look into the matter expeditiously.

While praising the efforts of Dunya News reporter Hafiz Imran in highlighting the story, the chief justice told the AIG to provide him with security as the journalist had been attacked twice. Chaudhry also asked the police to immediately arrest the absconders.

Outside the court, the brothers’ father Amjad Butt expressed relief that his sons had posthumously been absolved of charges of robbery. When the family was presented with a million-rupee cheque as compensation by the Punjab government, they added a hundred thousand rupees to the amount and returned it to bearer Khwaja Asif to have it deposited in the Chief Minister’s flood relief fund.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2010.

Reader Comments (21)

  • Haris Masood Zuberi
    Sep 2, 2010 - 1:18PM

    When the family was presented with a
    million-rupee cheque as compensation
    by the Punjab government, they added a
    hundred thousand rupees to the amount
    and returned it to bearer Khwaja Asif
    to have it deposited in the Chief
    Minister’s flood relief fund.

    Wow! Great gesture. The family has been handling everything very wisely.
    Another slap for inept authorities and the local MNAs. Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 2, 2010 - 5:32PM

    In case,
    prosecution present no eyewitness before the trial judge
    it will not effect the case because there is enough evidence
    that is called documentary evidence formed in camera footage.

    On the other hand,
    countless people have seen the brutality
    on the tv screen and the during the trial
    it can not be overlooked,

    Witness may be derailed during the cross examination
    but the eyes of the camera never closed it will explain reality
    regarding the incident taken place in the broad day light.

    what the relevant law says,
    who murder a man,and in this connection
    on the indication of other,liable capital punishment.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Sep 2, 2010 - 6:10PM

    Subhanallah! The act of generosity that has been displayed by the father should be enough humble or shame any of the so called leaders of Pakistan who have made zero or paltry donations to the flood relief. Quite clearly he is a man of self-respect, dignity, honour, principles, unselfishness, God-fearing and charitable – traits that he would have imparted to his beloved sons. Recommend

  • intzar
    Sep 2, 2010 - 7:28PM

    Really Really Impressed and what a big big heart the family of the two brothers who just returned the given money and added extra from thier part im very impressed. shame on the people that thought the brothers were criminals.

    words can not describe how much i feel for this family and thier extremely kind hearted gesture.

    Allah swt bless thier family and reward both brothers Jannat. Allah AkbarRecommend

  • intzar
    Sep 2, 2010 - 7:33PM

    Once again I can not express my feeling for the familys good will gesture only if all were as kind as the father, what an example what a great man I am truly touched by this.

    and yes what a shame for the politicians who at this stage probably have not even considered giving mony for the flood appeal but deffinatley the first for taking.Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 2, 2010 - 8:04PM

    Jazak-Allah Khaire for the family and the two shaheed brothers Mughees and Muneeb Butt. Recommend

  • Hira Effendi
    Sep 3, 2010 - 2:52AM

    I dont think there is anything left, that would make me proud of my country.
    I really, really hope their parents will get Justice!!!! inshaAllah.
    Their suspects should be punished the same way, they killed the innocent ones.Recommend

  • sonaullah
    Sep 3, 2010 - 1:23PM

    yes Hira, very proud of our country after the cricketers behaviour during holy ramadan….may allah bless the two brothersRecommend

  • Waqar
    Sep 4, 2010 - 12:48AM

    It’s sad to know that there are those who still cling to the belief that the brothers were robbers.

    For truth seekers, I suggest you Google ‘Text of inquiry report on Sialkot tragedy’ by Justice (r) Kazim Ali Malik in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shah
    Sep 4, 2010 - 4:19AM

    MUGHEES AND MUNEEB = PAKISTAN KE PEHCHAN = ZULM OR JEHALAT KE NESHANRecommend

  • SA
    Sep 4, 2010 - 12:37PM

    Thanks Waqar that was much needed..Recommend

  • forever well wisher for two brothers
    Sep 5, 2010 - 2:39PM

    simply a family with whom we can pride on our nation,the mughees who was about to join army just to make secure the people who killed him horribly shame on you ugly faces,muneeb who was an angel,both u rest in peace and listen play cricket there wd your other good fellows most probably shuhaadaas nd prophets :-* they wont quarrel with you both and wont even beat you ever :-) love you both love you so much our brothers we are proud of you your family and salute to u great souls.Recommend

  • shahid hamid
    Sep 13, 2010 - 7:02PM

    I think these to brothers should get justice and if they do not get justice the you know what the consequences of injustice are people find justice themselves they take the law in their own hands. All the the culprits should be punished according to the law as soon as possible.Recommend

  • sana jafri
    Oct 2, 2010 - 4:27PM

    I pray to Allah that he gives their mother patience. every time i see the video i cant stop crying and it is very disturbing, if we are so disturbed then what will their family be going through? but they still made the nation proud by being patient, wise and generous. We salute you.
    May their souls Rest in Peace. ameen.Recommend

  • SA
    Oct 5, 2010 - 10:05AM

    This enquiry report had better been considered enough to pronounce sentence to the culprits.. now thanks to the JIT of corrupt police officials the facts have been much twisted and the trial’s gonna take years and years…Recommend

  • Nadia
    Oct 16, 2010 - 11:49PM

    it is agaist the humanity, our heart weep whenever that situation come in our mind,ay allah plz this cruelty never occur again.Recommend

  • rrr
    Oct 19, 2010 - 7:49PM

    this what should be done by every person i m very sad about the incidence MAY ALLAH SET THEIR SOLES IN PEACE AND GIVE THEIR FAMILY PATIENCE AMINRecommend

  • Oct 27, 2010 - 2:04PM

    The journalist has been attacked twice !
    The cousins of the lynched boys also been attacked !

    Bullying tactics already is useRecommend

  • SA
    Oct 30, 2010 - 8:44AM

    The chief justice then asked Sukhera about the status of the investigation into the murder of Bilal, who was shot by Mughees before the brothers were captured by the mob. Sukhera directed the questions towards DPO Sialkot Nasir Qureshi, who he said was investigating the theory that the brothers were killed in retaliation for Bilal’s death from the gunshot wound. However, Qureshi’s answers failed to satisfy the court”…

    Bilal seems to have been shot by a phantom that’s why police has failed to satisfy the courts on this account. Isn’t that a supernatural event that has been directed to our poor little police to investigate. Poor cops!!Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2010 - 2:07PM

    What about Bilal’s post mortam report ? Who is, if even, investigating his death ??Recommend

  • SA
    Nov 1, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Who cares to investigate his death? 2 easy preys have been there right from the start his death has been linked to them…Recommend

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