Lynching of Mughees and Muneeb Butt

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Lynching of Mughees and Muneeb Butt
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Muneeb (left) and Mughees (right)
Date August 15, 2010 (2010-08-15)
Location Two kilometres away from Haji Pura near the Rescue 1122 office, located on the verge of Buttar village.
Coordinates 32°8′50″N 74°40′35″E / 32.14722°N 74.67639°E / 32.14722; 74.67639
Charges None[1]

Mughees and Muneeb Butt (Urdu: مغیث اور منیب بٹ‎) were two Pakistani brothers who were lynched by mob on August 15, 2010 in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. The brothers were killed, hung, and mutilated in Sialkot with the support of local police and Rescue 1122.

The lynching was witnessed by a crowd of people including nine police officials who apparently offered no resistance. The brutal killing of two brothers was recorded by some of the witness, which was later broadcast by the media.

The two brothers were accused of robbery, dacoity, and murder. A judicial inquiry found that the boys had been innocent of the charges and that police officers present at the scene of the crime had failed to stop the attack.[2] According to an investigative report by Director General of Anti-Corruption, Kazim Malik, police officials present at the crime scene encouraged the killing of the brothers.[2]

Shams Ali, one of the accused involved in the killing, claimed that he carried out the murders at the behest of the former District Police Officer of Sialkot, Waqar Chauhan.[3]

Background[edit]

Mughees Butt (17) and Muneeb Butt (15) were residents of Haji Pura, Sialkot.

Trial[edit]

On September 20, 2011 Anti-Terrorism Court Gujranwala (ATC) issued its verdict, sentencing seven people to death, six to life in prison, and giving all the policemen involved in the incident three-year terms.The ATC Judge Mushtaq Gondal found 10 policemen, including former DPO Waqar Chohan, guilty. Five of the accused were acquitted by the court. In total 28 people were accused in the case.[4] The seven accused sentenced to death, are scheduled to be hanged on April 8, 2016 in Sialkot.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amnesty International - Working to Protect Human Rights". amnesty.org. 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "'Mughees and Muneeb Butt were not robbers'". International Herald Tribune. The Express Tribune News Network. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Wahid, Sajid (August 23, 2010). "Executed two brothers at DPO Sialkot's behest: Accused". AllVoices. 
  4. ^ "Sialkot brothers' deaths: Justice catches up with lynchers". tribune.com.pk. 20 Sep 2011. 
  5. ^ "Seven convicts to be hanged in Sialkot lynching on April 8". dailytimes.com.pk. 5 Apr 2016. 

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