Sialkot murders: report submitted in SC

Published: August 30, 2010
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17 out of 18 accused were held by the police.

17 out of 18 accused were held by the police.

17 out of 18 accused were held by the police. Six officials have so far surrendered themselves in the ongoing investigation of the Sialkot lynching.

SIALKOT: Justice (retd) Kazim Malik, who was given the task to conduct an inquiry into the lynching of two brothers in Sialkot, has completed his report.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, Justice Kazim said that he submitted his inquiry report to the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday.

He said that the the Supreme Court will start its hearing of the case on September 1 and that his report consists of two parts, the first part is based on fact-finding and the latter is based on the recommendations.

Justice Kazim added that statements of 101 people, who were directly or indirectly linked to the case, have been recorded.

He added that it would be upto the apex court to decide on whether they want to make the report public or not.

Updated from the print edition (below)

JIT completes investigation, assures justice within days

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has completed the inquiry of the Sialkot lynching of two innocent brothers, additional IG and head of JIT, Mushtaq Sukhera said on Sunday. He added that incident has badly tarnished the image of police, overshadowing its past sacrifices in the line of duty.

While addressing a press conference at the DPO office in Sialkot, the IG assured that justice will be delivered and all the accused directly or indirectly involved in “this inhuman tragedy will be brought to task, as no one is above the law.”

On August 15, a mob brutally tortured and murdered Mughees and Muneeb Butt in Sialkot in front of a large crowd, including police officials. The Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, taking note of the incident directed a high level judicial commission headed by Director General Anti Corruption Establishment Punjab, Justice Kazim Ali Malik. The Commission will submit its judicial probe report before the Supreme Court of Pakistan on September 1.

In his address, Sukhera also assured to provide justice to the grieved family within days and weeks instead of months and years. He said that the trial of the case will soon begin in an anti -terrorism court in Gujranwala.

He said the police have remained successful in arresting almost all the accused people nominated in the FIR. 17 out of the 18 accused arrested, while six out of 10 police officials have also been held, he disclosed.

“We remained successful in fulfilling the responsibility of providing justice to the grieved family as directed by the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif,” the IG said. He added that the JIT will soon provide the investigation report to the Punjab CM.

Two accused sub-inspectors have surrendered before senior police officials in Sialkot. According to the FIR, sub-inspector Gulzar Khan showed negligence as he kept watching the lynching as a silent spectator along with the other police officials. While sub- inspector Abdul Rasheed had helped the accused SHO of Sialkot Saddar police Rana Muhammad Ilyas to escape from police custody on August 21.

Sukhera said that the investigation has been completed on a fair basis and in a transparent manner. He revealed that the police have arrested only those accused people against who there was the solid evidence and proof.

He also appreciated the cooperation of the plaintiff, who showed strong affinity with justice, making it clear to the inquiry team that no innocent person should be trapped in the case even if a hundred involved needed to be set free.

The plaintiff, Zarar Butt, who is the uncle of the victims disclosed to the media that, “Up to five days after the incident, the police did not cooperate at all and the FIR had not even been registered.  However after the police got a wakeup call after the involvement of the Supreme Court and we hope now for justice.”

AGENCIES (Additional reporting by Junaid Aftab in Sialkot)

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • a friend
    Aug 30, 2010 - 5:40AM

    a nation of barberians…Recommend

  • Aug 30, 2010 - 6:18AM

    Lets see what happens and if there is justice?Recommend

  • Aug 30, 2010 - 10:12AM

    This case has only received so much attention because it was cought on a mobile phone camera. Only if all such incidents receive the same attention and importance and some respect is shown to human life in Pakistan.Recommend

  • parvez
    Aug 30, 2010 - 11:04AM

    As I mentioned before it is law the enforcement and the judiciary who are on trial they better act fast show the people that justice is done. The people have completely lost faith in the system.Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Aug 30, 2010 - 1:04PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied; we hope the inquiry is finalized within days not in weeks or months, so that the family of the two brothers can take a sigh of relief.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Aug 30, 2010 - 1:38PM

    We should all learn from the plaintiff’s patience and sense of justice.Recommend

  • Dia
    Aug 30, 2010 - 2:53PM

    Look at their faces… they ought to be lynched too!!Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Aug 30, 2010 - 4:22PM

    Notice was taken on the footage brodcasted by the media channels
    it mean,these channels has a special importance apprising the administration and the judiciary,
    but i am so sorry to say that the persons relating to media who made footage of the brutal lynching being harassed by the men relating to other side ,would like to request to the Punjab government for early notice, thanks.Recommend

  • Amina
    Aug 30, 2010 - 4:59PM

    They should be punished with the death sentence. They are guilty of murdering…whether in the name of revenge or whatever the reasons they are coming up with. They have murdered teenagers who had a right to explain their circumstances. When they werent given a choice/option..these people shouldnt be either.Recommend

  • Zarghun Khan
    Aug 30, 2010 - 5:03PM

    The government should spare money that it is wasting on army and should invest it to educate these beasts and make them human beings.Recommend

  • Khurram Ahmed
    Aug 30, 2010 - 5:16PM

    DPO Sialkot at that time should be arrested, as he is the main accused.

    The true story he knows that who are beind the scene.Recommend

  • Asim
    Aug 30, 2010 - 6:27PM

    God is also waiting for the justice and if otherwise then it will be God’s justice where we all have to appear as criminals. I request to CJ of supreme court that please give sentence to death right away and should be executed within a week time frame. We as a country falling so rapidly that we MUST do justice now in weeks otherwise it would be late for all of us. CJ, we all are waiting. Time starts now………….Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 30, 2010 - 9:23PM

    Brutalization of Pakistan? I think so. The divisive foundational ideology of Two-nation theory is working its magic.Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Aug 31, 2010 - 12:30AM

    Believe it or not majority of us is barbarian and uncivilised.Recommend

  • Mawali
    Aug 31, 2010 - 2:05AM

    @Anoop
    The two nation theory died in 1971 and you guys helped.Recommend

  • SK
    Aug 31, 2010 - 5:05AM

    I am ashamed to be a pakistani! How i wish i was born some where elseRecommend

  • ashan
    Aug 31, 2010 - 8:19AM

    i hope ALLAH WILL MERCY UPON US AND REQUIREMENTS OF WILL BE FULFILLEDRecommend

  • Ali
    Aug 31, 2010 - 9:16AM

    @Anoop, @Mawali,

    Don’t flatter yourself. This incident has nothing to do with Two Nation Theory. Such incidents, as sad as they are, happen everywhere from Sydney to Indonesia to India to Pakistan to Germany to Sweden to UK to America.

    Furthermore, people standing quietly does not show that they are brutal. This is a common psychological issue. It’s called The bystander effect or Genovese syndrome is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where individuals do not offer help in an emergency situation when other people are present. The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely proportional to the number of bystanders; in other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help.Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 31, 2010 - 9:18AM

    They deserve sentence no less than death. If they escape this justice,then Allah’s justice will be done.Recommend

  • Erum
    Aug 31, 2010 - 12:20PM

    I so agree with Zarghun… aptly called ‘the beasts’ , because killing the way those guys did, does degrade them in my view from the high position of ‘Ashraf-ul-Makhlooqat’… shameful for them …Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 31, 2010 - 5:47PM

    @Ali,

    I agree mob mentality exists everywhere but Pakistan’s case is different. For instance, the constitution and laws of India, USA, EU,etc, dont discriminate against anyone or Religious sect. Whereas, its not true in the case of Pakistan. I am assuming you have a Pakistani passport, then you must have signed this piece of bigoted document.

    http://changinguppakistan.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/picture-2.png

    If you or the other educated lot who have signed this piece of document then how is it different from the people who are standing mutely watching the gory spectacle? You, my friend, are part of the mob.

    This is what I meant by brutalization of society. The silent majority voice is overshadowed by the vocal minority.

    When the very institutions pursue divisive ideologies then this kind of incidence assumes a different meaning.

    If it makes you feel better mob justice exists in India too. But, the Constitution of India and the laws under it are strictly unbiased and secular. Its the implementation part that is lacking. But, things are looking up now.Recommend

  • Naureen
    Sep 1, 2010 - 3:30AM

    Why are all these men smiling? and those at the back also have smirks on their faces. Their body language reflects neither remorse, nor fear, nor fatigue. Whats up with this? or am I the only one who sees this? Recommend

  • Dia
    Sep 4, 2010 - 2:26PM

    @Naureen, I meant the same when I said look at their faces.. no shame no remorse at all. They have someone influential at their back they think they’ll get away with it!Recommend

  • M. Umar Advocate
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:17PM

    Asalam o alaikum to all the people.
    this incident was really a brutal andshocking act done by the killers.
    whether the teenagers were guilty or not it was the duty of the courts to decide not of those very killers.
    i strongly condemn this issus and also request the authorities to conclude the trial as soon as possible so that justice should be done without delay.
    because justice delayed is justice denied.
    i request you people plz to learn tolerance and patience because i dont see these two things anywhere else.
    and plz try to control your emotions on pitty matters.
    without tolerance and patience survival of society is impossible.
    plz respect and love humanity.Recommend

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