bang, bang! you’re dead.

people simply disappeared, always during the night. your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. you were abolished, annhilated: vaporized was the usual word.

george orwell – 1984

on of our readers highlighted the following tragedy, the victim of which was apparently a close friend of his on my last post.

i wish i could write some slick words of commiseration and say something about how this was probably a one off incident and the like, but we all know that that is simply not the case. so we have yet another guy dead for apparently no reason other than ignoring a police signal to stop. the precinct in question has a boundary wall that once bore the slogan “hum khadim hain, hukkam nahin“. and the three oficers concerned were apparently not even authorised to be doing snap checking without a superior officer present.

what good is the damned f.i.r. going to do to the old woman in gulberg who’s mourning for her son? how long will the people of karachi have to live in fear of the “good guys”? where exactly did the so called police reforms that were supposed to end such incidents disappear? what is the follow up on this case going to be? will they really bring the three murderers to justice or will everything just fizzle out like it did with the brother and sister in sakhi hasan a while back?

so tpo jamshed town my man, answer one simple question please.


5 Comments so far

  1. Kaash (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 1:53 am

    Thanks for your concern and publishing this incident upon my request. This happens to dozens in Karachi everyday and we don’t even hear about it or even when we do its just part of our daily life. I live in US and these sort of killings is’nt a everyday part of my life so I really really felt bad for my friend and his family. The guy had done nothing but good all of his life and got shot in vane. May Allah bless his soul and grant some peace to his grieving mother and family and punish these immoral beasts so called Police in this life time.
    I once again deeply appreciate Xill for posting this story.

  2. SWA (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 5:08 am

    This is something we citizens need to campaign actively for. The Police is there to serve us and if they start killing random innocent people and overstepping their bounds harassing citizens, they really arnt doing their duty well and should be rebuked for it. I would suggest people to make it an important issue and rally for effective police reforms in the city. It is a shame that a city the size of Karachi does not have an effective justice system and a proper metropolitan police.

    Now why dont our Islamic parties rally for this kind of justice in our cities other than making stupid foreign issues a big deal?

  3. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    This is awesome. I am loving it. This is power, you can’t buy it from money.

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    As nothing happened to the previous killers in uniform, this case will also be thrown in closet soon. Pakistan is a criminal state, ruled by thugs, goons, serial killers and psychopaths, mostly in uniform. Citizens should start a movement for swift justice, hang all these f***kers who kill innocent citizens.

  5. ia (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    Karachi has become the hub of crimes. Last nite on tele showed police is the most corrupt govt dept.

    The question is “Till when those idiots in uniform going to kill and robb innocent people?”

    Anybody got an answer

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