People are calling out Punjab Police for the alleged murder of the man while interrogating
Police brutality is certainly no unknown concept in Pakistan. Particularly, the Punjab Police has been historically notorious for its extremely severe treatment of people in its custody, using brute force while interrogating suspects and even extra-judicial killings. People are accusing the Punjab Police of doing something similar after a recent death of a “viral” suspect.
A couple weeks ago a man went viral when he was filmed making funny faces to the camera while robbing an ATM machine in Faisalabad
People on social media had found the thief’s brazen attitude very amusing and he had quickly gone viral after the video surfaced on social media.
— Gulf Today (@gulftoday) September 1, 2019
The man was arrested on August 30 when he was caught red-handed trying to rob another ATM in Rahim Yar Khan
Identified as Salahuddin Ayubi from Kamoke, the second largest city in Gujranwala District, he was apprehended by police at a Habib Bank Limited branch on Shahi Road in Rahim Yar Khan. Cases were registered against the suspect under the Pakistan Penal Code.
People are angry because they think he died in police custody because the Punjab Police may have beaten him up like they’ve been historically notorious for doing
— Mubeen Goraya (@goraya_mubeen) September 2, 2019
He was also a human Being Like Us…..!! 😢
His life was also important as we consider our's…!! 😢
He also wanted to Enjoy his Life…!! 😢
But What We Did with him??????
Don't Forget that we have to go in front of Allah…!! #PoliceBrutality#Punjab #PunjabPolice pic.twitter.com/hiBrLo1K0Y
— Talha Shams (@TalhaShams8) September 2, 2019
This is not the first time when Punjab police brutally killed the innocent people of the state. Model town killing is a clear picture and many other which are not reported. #PoliceBrutality @ImranKhanPTI pic.twitter.com/22itPtuWCT
— نِکا کپتان (@IrfanHaral6) September 2, 2019
i have no words to show my grief,
#PoliceGardi is increasing day by day but nobody in this state that control them.
He was not innocent but death wasn't the penalty of his crime.
— Naeem Bio (@BioNaeem) September 2, 2019
There were rumors that the man was not of sound mental health therefore people are even more pissed at the police for his death
— A.Wahid.GPS (@abdullah_gps) September 2, 2019
— Amara Mukhtar (@amara_mukhtar) September 2, 2019
So many are calling for the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to take responsibility of the police force and reform the institutions
Usman buzdar shuould resign imidiately….
What the hell is going in punjab..
And you called it naya pakistan
Shame on you Usman buzdar… #PoliceBrutality
— Sana khan (@SanaKhanReal1) September 2, 2019
Calls are being made for Prime Minister Khan to sack Mr. Buzdar after this incident
Hey @ImranKhanPTI, sack Usman Buzdar ASAP!
He's done no reforms in the Punjab police, it's the same as it has been.
God knows how many innocents have been and being tortured to death everyday as we know of only those who make the headlines.
NO MORE #PoliceBrutality!
— Khawaja Abaid (@KhawajaAbaid) September 2, 2019
People who hv sucked the blood of Pakistanis r having ACs in their jails whereas this man lost his life in jail. @ImranKhanPTI talked about 1 Pak, at least give us a police system which treats evry1 equally irrespective of political, social and financial statuses#PoliceBrutality
— Umair Ul Haque (@Umair_haq) September 2, 2019
While it’s absolutely understandable why people would be angry after the notorious history of Punjab Police, it is also important to realize that such broken systems can’t be fixed with a quick solution of firing someone. Institutional reforms need sustained scrutiny from the public and a constant oversight of those that the public has elected in office to ensure freedoms and justice. Here’s hoping that this man’s death does not go in vain, whatever the cause may have been.
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