KARACHI: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Qazi Muhammad Anwar will appear in the case of lynching of two brothers in Sialkot to represent not only the bereaved family, but also to the sentiments of the citizens of Pakistan.
This was announced by the Convener of the Human Rights Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association, Zia Ahmed Awan, here on Monday. He said the tragic incident of Sialkot has shocked the whole nation. It has exposed the tall claims of upholding law and provision of security to the citizens.
Welcoming the suo moto notice of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, he said this kind of judicial activism is needed by the nation and country. He said the Bar would fully support and back this pro-people judicial activism.
Zia Awan said the lynching of two real brothers in the presence of police officers is not a lone case, but the incidents of police torture are rampant in our society. Quoting the research-based data of Madadgaar, Pakistan’s first helpline for women and children, he said during last nine years (2001-2009) as many as 2,530 cases of police torture against women and children were reported in the country. During the first seven months of current year 451 cases of police torture of women and children have been recorded. The number of police torture cases on males during this period is 207.
He said the Sialkot tragedy shows the country is being virtually ruled by the law of the jungle. He said the citizens are totally dissatisfied with the performance of police and demand immediate police reforms and purging the department from the black sheep. He regretted the government is still reluctant to introduce the police reforms, adding the Police Order Ordinance is yet to be implemented.
He said the drastic reformation in our police system is the need of the hour.
Zia Ahmed Awan said he had contacted the President of Sialkot District Bar Association, Rana Nasrullah, who has already deputed lawyers to conduct an inquiry into the incident. He said the report of this fact-finding mission would be made public soon. He said that SCBA President Qazi Muhammad Anwar and he (Zia Awan) himself will appear in the case to represent the victimized family and also to the sentiments of the Pakistani citizens.
Awan said the citizens have overwhelmingly condemned the brutal lynching of two real brothers in Sialkot and now the political parties and Parliament have to show their role in taking solid and serious steps to ensure that no such inhuman incidents ever repeat in this country in future.
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