my name is not mashooq brohi

a long time ago when i was still in high school, i had a teeshirt with the words “my name is not riaz basra” emblazoned on the front. it was a cool kind of rebellion, challenging the authorities to shoot me down like the poor guy who was killed in an encounter simply because he looked like a terrorist. times change. the most daring thing in my current wardrobe is a “parental advisory: explicit content” teeshirt. history, however, sticks to its disconcerting habit of repeating itself.

on the twelfth of july, a member of the lyari task force, shot and killed a man who they claimed was mashooq brohi, a wanted kidnapper and hoodlum. it was reported a week later that the person killed was not actually brohi, but someone else and the igp ordered a probe. the much touted lyari task force, the people who arrested rehman dakait, one of the parties to the worst gangland war in karachi history, were going to be disbanded. that was the bare minimum punishment for the high handedness which makes it possible to order mortal procurement of the target without first confirming its identity.

now in even more worrying news the igp has withdrawn his order to disband the unit, apparently under pressure from “higher ups”. he is reportedly not available for comment.

what in hell is going on? and all the time we wonder why people keep demonizing the police every time they speak of them….

5 Comments so far

  1. Anwar (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    On a related yet different kidnapping topic one of my wife’s far relative and his friend got kidnapped from Karachi on June, 28 2006. I think there was an article in DAWN about this kidnapping sometime after June 28. If anyone has come across this kidnapping article I would appreciate if you could e-mail me the date of the article appeared in the Dawn. Thanks…

  2. no name (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    adda mashoq barohi kiu jhoot boltay ho baba
    you are mashoq barahoi i know that

  3. SWA (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    This kind of stuff should be sent in a letter to the editor of DAWN or some other newspaper, not just put down on Metblogs. Also, CPLC should be contacted.

  4. MB (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    I really appreciate Xill-e-Ilahi’s way of rebellion. It has convinced me to do the same next time something like that happens. We definitely need to voice in a way that is not only reasonable but its our right and its also a way to make those people realise that their acts are being monitored, at least by some “gunday anday’s”, an apparent “tunz” used by my friend ALI for people who work for betterment of society and the evil consider them the gunda andas.

    Anyways, it’s a sad note but unfortunately all we can do is hope. I am not so sure about if CPLC will do anything.

  5. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    thanks mb. i’m sure the cplc already know about the incident. in any case, the issue does not fall within their jurisdiction. the provincial or governemnt should order a probe. something investigating the affair properly from the provincial interior minister down to the jawans in the lyari task force. police corruption and inefficiency has been tolerated for too long. unfortunately all we can do is speak out. maybe the fact that there are elections in the near future will sway our elected representatives. all we can do is hope someone put police reform on their mandate this ime round – and sticks to it.

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