Sialkot lynching: Hang 'em all

If our streets need to flow with blood, at least let it be the blood of the unjust…kill em' all I say.

Jahanzaib Haque September 21, 2011
“An eye for an eye makes the world blind…but with so much injustice around us, perhaps blindness is preferable.” [J Haque]

After a total of 401 days, the Sialkot lynching case has come to an end with an outcome that is perhaps as grisly as the event that took place – death sentences for seven of those involved, and I for one fully support the verdict.

In fact, just to play judge, jury and executioner, (as is our classic Pakistan ka haal) I would also like to know why the other six involved, and particularly the policemen who stood by and watched the murder of those two brothers get off with lighter sentences.

Hang them too.

As I write this I am torn inside, facing the inevitable Pakistani condition. I am against capital punishment. I abhor it, on principle. Yet here in this Godforsaken land, where murderers roam around scot free, where innocent men and women are pulled off buses, lined up and shot, where our corrupt and partisan courts are so focused on other agendas they have no time to mete out justice…

Kill em’ all I say.

I remember former president Musharraf saying “Pakistan is not ready for democracy” in 2007. No matter how warped that statement, I understand where that sentiment comes from now. We are not ready to abolish capital punishment – in fact, we as a nation seem to be stuck in some post-Neanderthal state where the only solution to murder is vengeance (or justice) so foul and harsh that the entire tribe shuts up and learns not to kill again.

We are all part of the Sialkot lynch mob in our own varying ways. We behave like manic school yard bullies, lynching others over petty differences or a lousy cricket match. How does one treat such a bully? Are we really at the place where we can address the underlying insecurities and/or deprivation (educational, economic etc) of the school yard bully, or are we at the stage where at best, we can expel the bully permanently and thus ensure no one will bully again?

I think the courts have answered that one for us. We are in the midst of a pathetic state of affairs and a pathetic, but necessary verdict has been passed in the case of Mughees and Muneeb. But what more can one expect from our sad nation that has gone completely off its rocker.

If our streets need to flow with blood, at least let it be the blood of the unjust…and (in true Pakistani style) please dear Fate, let me be on the winning side.

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COMMENTS (33)

csmann | 9 years ago | Reply I think we are judging the writer wrongly here.if death-penalty is to be abolished,it has to become a law of the land.and the author is for it.Until then the law includes death-penalty, and given th case and the viciousness involved, qualified for the maximum penalty in judge's opinion.Let us hope that death-penalty be a thing of the past on planet earth
NeMeSYZ | 9 years ago | Reply @Patrick G Masih: I agree with your point of view, but only to a certain extent. "We’d just rather the killing was done by someone else, preferably the State" Not preferably, state is the only option. Some one has to make judgements and provide justice, we let the killers go and you can expect people to justify lynching and giving justice themselves. And we shouldn't even bring motive into this, because what ever it was they didn't have the power to make judgements and give punishments themselves. Even If the two boys did commit murder they should have been tried in court like these people.
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