I dont’t know where this world is going. A shocking incident happened in lahore yesterday. Actually it’s not the first of its kind but we, as a nation, have learned over the years to be indifferent and ignore even the worst kind of incidents/attitudes we see around us.

Muhammad Ashraf killed 3 of his school going daughters on Tuesday morning and surrendered to Liaqatabad police. Nadeem, who was also bodyguard of Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, shot dead Muhammad Ashraf at the police station lockup on Tuesday evening.

While senior police officers have sympathised with Elite Force constable Nadeem Rafique for shooting dead a man who killed his own daughters, the legal fraternity has called the act extra-judicial killing, saying it cannot be endorsed by any means and murder charges have to be brought against the constable.

Its hard to imagine what makes a person kill his own daughters – little kids. I don’t know such people are mad or sick or what. But whatever it is, millions of people in this country need our help. I think this has been happening for a few years now and nobody seems to be bothered much about such incidents. We often read in news papers that a father killed his family and then killed himself or a mother killed herself and family (train ke neeche aa kar) and most of the times it’s becasue of financial reasons.

I quit reading reading front pages of news papers a year or so ago just because they don’t give you hope for a better future or life and are too depressing but I guess this is not the way. You can’t run away from what’s happening around you. If all of us start paying a little attention to people around us who are, perhaps, not as fortunate as we are then we CAN make a difference. It’s about sharing and circulating the little fortune we have.

I can’t say why the person killed his own daughters and if Nadeem did the right thing by killing him, he should be punushed or not but it’s not too late to come out of our selfish little lives and actually do something. May be we can avoid many of such incidents from happening if we show a bit more generosity and consideration in our daily lives.

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature (I read somewhere) that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.

7 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    There are no legal grounds for killing anyone. period.
    The person HANDED HIMSELF iver to the police…this obviously indicates that he was regretted his action.

    He was already going through an insurmountable amount of anguish after killing his own children. He probably deserved therapy. There is no room in law for cold blooded murder, which the policeman is guilty of.

    The legal profession, like the medical one, has no room for personal emotion. If a surgeon is scared of cutting up a person considering its a human, he just cant do it. He has to stop thinking about emotion and do whats right for the patient.

    Similarly, if Judges were to start melting at tears, they cannot dispense justice. Police, in the same hand, is there to uphold the law, not to succmb to emotion.

  2. Lahori (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 5:46 am

    “If all of us start paying a little attention to people around us who are, perhaps, not as fortunate as we are then we CAN make a difference. It’s about sharing and circulating the little fortune we have”

    Its not about sharing and circulating what most of us have amassed over the years rather its about stopping ourselves from what we have been stealing from others – if you know what I mean. Look around you and you’ll find too many greedy people who care less when they are busy taking bribes, lying and cheating their way to the top – then something like this happens and for a moment they stop, feel a little guilty – not for what they have done rather why in the world this sick dude killed his children – maybe he was too poor – maybe we should help the poor. NO – maybe you should not have taken what wasn’t yours in the first place!

  3. momekh (unregistered) on June 24th, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

    what you say, especially about the ‘getting up’ part, i cant agree more. Yes, we need to get up and take control, us who are the ‘priveleged few’. But who will? will you? will I? And that even is not the question, the question is WHAT DO WE DO? If I knew exactly what to do, then I stand a much better chance of doing it, no?
    Our intellectuals and leaders (the real ones) are unfortunately busy tackling supposedly bigger problems such as sectarian violence, legislation and such. Just Imagine if there was no such thing as a Sunni or a Shia, or a Deobandi or a Barailwee or a Wahaabi… or even if there was, we would choose to call ourselves ‘just’ Muslims and understand that Islamis society is more about tolerance than anything else. Just imagine that!! I seriously believe that if that would have been the case, gifted individuals from all ‘camps’ would have concentrated thier efforts on ‘real’ issues like the one you hinted at in this post.

    But of cos, the ‘size’ of a problem is very relative to a person’s surroundings. And to top it all off, we are all too busy and all too worried about America attacking Iran or the poor people dying 3000 miles away that we do not realize that poor souls are dying only 30 miles away… kudos to the international media and shame on ours, hmph!

  4. Sara (unregistered) on June 24th, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

    i totally disagree with inspirex who might be correct in bookish terms but real life is different. laws are there but there is another thing which is more important, common sense if you know what i mean. I dont think that policeman needs or can be punished. 99.9% chances are he didn’t know what he was doing. If his lawyers are smart, they can easily get him declared ‘medically unfit’ and I think it will be ther right thing to do.

    the real message in your post is about indifference and not taking care of each other when we can, if i have understood correctly. its the little things in life which brings positive changes in society. you dont need a master plan to do something, its all about going back to basics, the little things.

    i loved the last paragraph :)

  5. Mani (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    According to me it’s just illiteracy. We can’t feed knowledge in people’s minds. A literate person or just even a sensible person can’t do such things.
    What ever the DIG guard did, I think he did it in emotions. But as far as I think he did’nt has the authority to shoot anyone. He has put himself in trouble which could have dangerous results for him as well as for his family.
    The only role we can play is that we should try to educate Pakistani people directly or indirectly.
    And about ignoring I think when we can’t do any thing we ignore it.
    If I can do any thing in this matter, please somebody tell me.

  6. Beachman (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 1:54 am

    That killing and the counter killing show the general character of our society “Pakistan”…lawlessness and ignorance. According to a report, Ashraf was living a sinful life. He was guided by his so called spiritual leaders ( or powers to spread fear and restlessness in the society) that he should wash away his sins with his own daughters’ blood. Here you can understand the IQ level of the people or this nation.

    This kind of cases also take place even in other societies. I read two cases the other day. A US mother slaughtered her two daughters and in another case a British or US youngman kidnapped his neighbor’s 13 year old daughter, killed her and put in his fridge to eat. In the both cases the law enforcement persons handled the cases as they should. The policemen didn’t decided the fates of the culprits.

    Ashraf’s brother is claiming that the counter killing was to protect the powers behind this act. It sounds true when we overlook the general behavior of the police.

    Last year when I came to Pakistan, my friend’s six year old son was kidnapped and beheaded in Lahore. We met the Mayor, the SSP investigation and many other responsible people the very day the child was kidnapped. It was so painful to see the way the police handled the case. In that case, my friend got help from other agencies and helped the police trace the killers after more than 20 days. The child’s body was found in a gutter (manhole). The police arrested 13 people, 3 were killed in a “made” encounter. Two of the arrested ones were kept— a 75year old man and his 25 year old wife. The oldman was a street watchman (choukidaar) where the child was living. The rest of the people including the most wanted partner of the culprits were allowed to escape after….. The whole group (family) was from Noushehra (NWFP). Now, the police is pretending to re-arrest those people but can’t find them.

    Sometimes, I close my eyes and try to reshape the faces of our people. I can’t do so but each time a strange thing happens….a big guerrilla appears whose brain is dug out with butcher’s tools and his head is open….he is holding a big knife in his right hand and pulling a big wheelbarrow with left hand full of all kinds of weapons. He can use those weapons anytime, anywhere and against anyone as he doesn’t have his brain with him.

  7. Beachman (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 3:13 am

    You can read my friend’s whole story at

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