When I first stumbled upon a video on this case, I could not believe that this was taking place in this day and age. It was shocking, disappointing, and very disheartening. I had truly started to lose hope in humanity. Pakistan was in shambles as it had just faced the most devastating flood in its history, and while the world was already hesitant to give any sort of financial support to Pakistan due to its poor international reputation, this case had arisen more anger and disbelief.
There are many details around the case of the Butt brothers which were fabricated to place false accusations on the deceased in order to defend the DPO of Sialkot. Some stories went along the lines of the brothers being robbers who were approached by a mob who wanted to punish them; others were of the brothers being killers who murdered the milk man. A further claim was that the boys had an argument over a cricket game and that the other party falsely accused the brothers of being thieves that the locals were searching for. In any event, after their death a court procedure had proven them innocent of all accusations, and this shows that the ever-so-hyped mob mentality led to the death of these innocent young boys.
The police in Sialkot were accomplices to the crime as they encouraged the killers to continue beating the boys till they gave up on the battle with their lives. After they were beaten and killed, they were hung at a central point in town and then their bodies were paraded around the city on an open trailer. Following the events of the shocking deaths, a federal minister of Pakistan accused the boys of being thieves in an attempt to justify the actions of the police. The killing of the two teenage boys was purely a humanitarian issue, and with the help of Pakistan’s dirty politics, it turned into a political one.
After recognizing this fact, protest took place around the globe as well as in Pakistan against the Pakistani government. These protests were namely organized by youth who were displeased and disgusted by the actions of the killers, the bystanders, and the government who dealt with the issue very poorly. The goal of these protests was to put national and international pressure on the Pakistani government to take a firm stand and guarantee that justice be served. This case temporarily caused uproar as the events that took place were recorded on camera and the media picked up on it. Videos on youtube spread like wildfire and this was an avenue of showing the world what had happened. This brutal act was publicized only because there was video recording, but it is true that there are many such events that take place, if not worse ones that everyone fails to notice due to the fact that they are hidden.
Pakistan was a country that was founded on the name of Islam, and today it is everything but an Islamic nation. Although I pointed out that the death of the boys was a purely humanitarian issue, the involvement of the police and the federal ministers have politicized the case, and it is the job of the justice system to work with the Pakistani government to find the boys and their families justice. Pakistan is a nation that has crumbled ever so quickly due to various socio-political issues. If those that make up the nation do not stand up against injustice, in and outside of Pakistan, then the day that Pakistan is wiped off of the map is not too far.