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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Is lynching becoming the norm?

Written by: Steve and I.
Steve blogs @Fourth Dimension
This post also got published here: dailytimes/letters/mob-frenzy-in-pakistan

A Facebook friend posted several graphic images of two bodies burned by an angry mob during the recent riot.  It followed the Sunday twin bomb attacks March 16, near St. John Catholic Church and Christ Church in Youhanabad area of Lahore.  The people were greatly shook with fear.

I asked my friend to take down those images, it was too much for me to look through. He said that perhaps people's consciences have become immune to tragedies, that such graphics are needed to jolt them to reality.

Still, I could not shake from my mind those images of needless suffering. However I cannot keep my head in the sand and pretend all is well.

100,000 Christians are residents of Youhanabad. 400 of these were attending Sunday service that day. 15 of them died, including 3 policemen, about 70 were severely injured.

Those who lost their lives in the attack that Sunday were Pakistani, regardless of their faith, or where they were worshiping. The attack was on Pakistani and on the Pakistani people. In my opinion, it should be considered just that.


 I am saying this because it is a fact that it is not only Christians who are targeted, as some are trying to portray in such terrorists attacks. Every Pakistani feels he/she is unsafe. Anyone never knows what might happen to them (us) or others.

The world knows we are fighting the war against terrorism. Our Masjid, schools, parks and bazars are not safe. Our armed forces are being targeted. Active terrorists use different names and each group hits their target in it's own way.  Those non-stop attacks have become a normal thing, a way-of-life for us Pakistanis. Therefore, there is  no need to create the fantasy of Muslims being safe in this so-called Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

To repeat, I declare we are ALL equally targeted.

We never know who or where is the next attack. This time, terrorists chose churches to attack, and deliberately provoke the normally peaceful Christian community into a rash response.

Law enforcement did what little they could to control the angry mob, but the madness got out of control. During the riot, protesters not only destroyed public property, but they blocked roads and stopped the police and forensic teams from entering. The crowds lynched two suspected terrorists on the spot, showing no mercy.


The BIG question is why is this happening in Pakistan by Pakistanis? From 2011 until now we've witnessed cases in which mobs brutally killed innocent people, and randomly destroyed everything around them.

 
In September 2010 two brothers were hanged. An unknown mentally-challenged man, was accused of blasphemy in Sita Village in the Dadu District in December 2012 was burnt to death.  In March 2013, after accusing a young Christian of blasphemy in Joseph Colony in Lahore, hundreds of homes belonging to the Christians were destroyed.  In the alleged blasphemy case, a Christian couple in Radha were immolated.  An attempt to burn to death a kiln worker for demanding wages owed him by a kiln owner in Rahim Yar Khan occurred in March 2015.  All this we have seen.  Yes, we have become unbothered, thick-skinned.

And, yes. here I confess, in  in Bahwalpur, Kot Radha Kishan, Gujrat & other places people got  lynch by religiously motivated  mob. That was no doubt did in the name of religion.

That day  alarming thing was that those who usually keep calm during difficult times responded aggressively. Common belief was that rampaging  and lynching were inevitable outcomes. They were mindlessly charged up, and vented their long pent-up anger. Christians had long experienced the burning of their homes and villages, and seen innocent brothers and sisters roasted alive until dead.  The people of love had no love left to give.

Some thoughts: "We reap what we sow".  "Always prepare for a reaction of an action".  Enough said. Vigilantism and lynching is never justified.
 

All this chaos and lynchings say to me that the people trust neither the law enforcement agency, nor the judicial system. And so the people react angrily with vigilantism and lynchings.  Obviously this is due to the government's failure to enforce the law, to protect the lives and property of citizens. And the people become self-appointed keepers of justice, in lieu of government's inaction and inability to perform it's function. The situation is dangerous and could lead to anarchy.

Cooperation with police is a priority. No amount of violence can bring back loved ones from the dead.

4 comments:

  1. yes we are becoming thick skinned, but images only help that issue, not resolve it. Everywhere there is unspeakable violence, i'll let that sink in...EVERYWHERE! and this is unspeakably sad. People are taking their differences and creating division instead of realizing that differences are what make us one with the human race. If i were the same as you, would it be as interesting? But it seems that people wish now that we are all the same and it makes no sense to me.

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  2. This is frighteneing and terrible.

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  3. Agree, the world has become a frightening and terrible place. Only thing left is to have faith in God's mercy...and PRAY!

    Question is, why do we always wait until we are in deep-shit trouble before we think to REALLY pray in earnest, He is HERE every second of every day. Hmmmmmm.......


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  4. Agree, the world has become a frightening and terrible place. Only thing left is to have faith in God's mercy...and PRAY!

    Question is, why do we always wait until we are in deep-shit trouble before we think to REALLY pray in earnest, He is HERE every second of every day. Hmmmmmm.......


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