Media watch: Mob violence in Sialkot

Conflicting reports emerge about what sparked a public execution, while condemnation pours in for police, government.

August 22, 2010

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

Killing of two brothers by mob in Sialkot


Sajjad Butt and his relatives revealed that Mughees and Muneeb had gone to Buttar village on a bike to meet a relative early in the morning on August 15. They added that a dacoity had occurred there and the people falsely declared both brothers dacoits and misguided the mob which killed them mercilessly.

On the other hand, residents of Buttar village rejected the claim of Sajjad Butt. Liaquat Ali Bhatti, a villager, said that if both brothers were innocent then why were they carrying weapons. He alleged that both brothers with the help of their one or more accomplices had shot dead Bilal, a resident of Buttar village, and injured his brother Javed, servant Imran and passer-by Zeeshan for resisting a dacoity bid in the morning of August 15. (


Sialkot tragedy


The very day newspapers reported the Sialkot double-murder, they also carried a news item about the awarding of the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz to the DIG Gujranwala, Zulfiqar Cheema, for “maintaining law and order”. The police officer, in whose jurisdiction Sialkot also falls, appears to do his job in a manner that is condemnable. (


JI says 'Punjab a police state'


It was a pity, they said that the Chief minister claiming to be the Khadam-e-Aala, did not deem it necessary to express regrets on the two incidents. They said the killing of two brothers in Sialkot in the presence of police officers was a blot on the face of the Punjab government and the law enforcing agencies and the incident had lowered the image of the country at international level. (


Video of mob killings sparks anguish in Pakistan


An armed robbery had taken place in the vicinity of the cricket field, so residents were on alert and police were nearby. Apparently, when the boys appeared with a bag, they were thought to be the robbers, Sherdil told The Associated Press. The boys were believed to have been in fights over the past few days for the right to play on the cricket ground. (


User | 12 years ago | Reply The main reason for such incidents is that our judicial system is completely corrupt.
joey954 | 12 years ago | Reply My heart goes to those two brothers family regardless of what they did or did not do. Nothing can justify the actions of the barbarians that took part in this heinous act and even worst are the ignorant (parlay darjay kay jahil) bystanders. What a shame it is! How our Pakistani society or the people of Pakisan are becoming is clearly evident in this video. This is the lowest form of brutality. Even animals would not treat their own like this. May Allah give the family of these to boys sabar and may Allahs wrath upon the individuals responsible for this heinous act.
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