Pakistan doesn’t have a reputation of a safe country and there’s a very good reason for that. To make matters worse, a video has surfaced showcasing one less seen, but true face of Pakistan – brutal lynching followed by murder are common occurrences throughout the country, but don’t get much media attention. A case of two brothers who were lynched to death in Pakistani town of Sialkot, eastern Punjab province on August 15, 2010 casts the light on the face of this Islamic nation that’s less known to the world outside.
The teenage brothers who faced mob justice in Sialkot were accused of robbery that resulted in two deaths. 15 year old Hafiz Mughees and his 19 year old brother Hafiz Muneeb were caught by the villagers and without trial, the mob justice took charge. The brothers were tortured, brutally beaten with iron rods and wooden sticks, dragged feet first through the dirt before being loaded half dead on a truck and taken to the town square where the parade ended with them being hung head down.
From the video it also appears as though local policemen and children were involved in the lynching. The reports from Pakistan state that as many as 14 policemen facilitated the lynching by keeping the crowds away so the mobsters can do their deed.
The involvement of brothers in a deadly robbery was later disputed by some villagers who stated that the real reason why the boys were lynched was an old grudge someone held against them for using the cricket ground and all it took was to point a finger, accuse them of being friends with the robbers who killed two people and uncontrolled lynching took place. Which part of the story is true is at present time difficult to ascertain.
Extended version of the video can be found HERE.