“What would you do, if someone’s gonna get shot” – by Faisal Raza

The games in ancient Rome are known as the bloodiest exhibition of public entertainment known to mankind when men, women and children flocked to coliseums to see blood thirsty fighters and gladiators killing the weaker among them, they even cheered them on and screamed for them to kill warrior lying almost dead on the ground, being gladiator was an occupation for social outcasts and barbaric men. The city of Sialkot was neither a Roman Coliseum nor the killers were gladiators, then how stage was sadly set for such an outrageous and disgusting display of heartbreaking inhumane act was a critical social question for all of us to answer.  Learning from history has seldom been hallmark of our ruling elite but images of general public acting as spectators in the ‘holi of blood’ in relatively industrial and moderately urban city of our mainland are convoluted. 

 I don’t wish to make any blanket analysis of the events unfolded recently but what has been happening in our country has no analogy even from known historic times. The worst accounts of barbarism and of beastly behaviors fall short to find affinity with this incident of painstaking unforgivable coldblooded murderous act of highest degree and ruthlessness. It cannot be readily compared to the open bloody games of Roman Coliseum as intents and realities were quite different there. I don’t see any cynical psychotic mind would opt for such a vengeance in normal circumstances. Some would like to subscribe an idea that it came of outright illiteracy and brutal sense of revenge which could be peculiar to our indigenous mindset, however Its very hard to ignore extraordinary lawless activities like this with such common superficial causes.                                           

There is kind of documentary program “what would you do, if someone’s gonna get shot” by ABC channel in which a Latino was shown severely beaten up by a gang of white male. The television crew then recorded the responses how many people would stop and intervene to save the victim of ‘hate crime’, astonishingly less than 15 percent people played any significant part. Although it is not right to indulge in any kind of comparison with responses obtained from that segment of society, it wasn’t a very rosy picture there as well but visual imagery was far less grotesque as glimmer of hope found in it.  The notables amongst who stopped were rather feeble Hispanic girl and Afro- American guy. They seemed prepared to take on the challenge and give what it takes to save the lynched boy.

We are undoubtedly caught in the worst situation known to us after inception of this country. Most frustratingly, we are totally becoming devoid of those worthwhile morals constructs like credible courage, compassion and rational thinking, now rarely talked about by so called ethical pundits. What has caused such a decay of our desired human innate senses and mutation in our genetical make up is an inquisition that must now seriously be probed by all of us who are deeply saddened and petrified by these gruesome incidents. Leaving it to few who are happy merely ordering yet another futile high level investigation or suspending the few officials will not resolve this predicament which is already gotten deep roots in our social and cultural psyche. The  increasing death tolls from varying acts of callousness , manslaughter and terrorist attacks ,their equally  highlighted non-directional coverage with pseudo emotional running commentary has arguably made us more cold and our souls even more frozen .Whereas such extremist tendencies must be rooted out by vigorous political campaign aimed at broadening reconciliation far and away and these vociferous acts  may be crushed with robust military strategies whenever needed, the social phenomena where public is getting indifferent, insensitive  and disillusioned may also be thoroughly considered  and taken up as a top priority at all possible tiers within our social fabric. In fact, the root of terrorism breeds right in our ostensibly peaceful neighborhoods when we turn blind eye to some disgruntled youngster who quietly agrees to blow himself up by finding a way to such outcast organizations.                                                     

The pattern is somewhat homogenous in the creation of home grown terrorists and in such hardhearted manifestations of congregation of general public in one of our towns, where generally they don’t care what enormous changes are taking place around them. By seeing the images of persons lying dead in our streets and roads more dreadfully than in the battlefields, most of us now think that cost of human life remains nothing but it has virtually  come down to making a video and share it like any other amusing piece with popular media outlets and on Internet. Thus sharing of blood has just numbed our potent human biological impulses that are necessary to see through the reason and are watchdogs of our survival too.

It is depressing and ironical times not witnessed anywhere in recent history where terrorists , assailants and outlaws have been let loose and now public after getting sick and tired of repeated imagery of game of death start appreciating them as gladiators of Roman age. This acceptance of anti-life debilitating thrust is disastrous and lethal trend. It may ultimately turn out to be decisive factor .It is relevant to quote Albert Einstein here “the world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”.   Lastly, here is the link for the video “what you would do, if someone’s gonna get shot “. Have a thought for moment, would you let someone bleed by brutal thousand cuts or you ready to take a blow or two for real moral stand, see and say what do you think of it..?

“What would you do, if someone’s gonna get shot”

6 responses to ““What would you do, if someone’s gonna get shot” – by Faisal Raza”

  1. This is not a question,WHAT I WILL DO,WHEN SOMEONEs` GONNA GET SHOT?The question is this, what the Authorized persons` have to deal during this situation?what we expect from our Authorized person,what kind of training we are giveing our POLICE to protect ourself?Is our investigation system is based on just Physical Remand or our investigators able to collect the evidence ,able to work of Inquiring into something throughly and systematically.
    Sailkot Incident,Karachi Incident and lot more which we don`t know yet,Do we establish some sincere inquiry to find out this unhuman change in the People of Pakistan?
    What we are doing in WAR ON TERROR? Why not we think that Unhuman acts in our neigbouring country may affects on our Innocent People of Pakistan?
    Sir,War on Terror is not just stop entering of Terriost in Our Pakistan,What we are doing to stop that “THINKING” which change our People to act like a CUREL and unbearable behaviour for the rest of the World?
    Till today,our civil society and Government didn`t establish any forum which introduce a human values,we left this JOB on ILLITERATE MOLVIEs`who just play the sentiments of Common People on thier own Interest.
    Our Civil Society Actvist are completly silent or didn`t catch seriousness of this oncoming situation in our region.

  2. Where we are Going???

    ’رپورٹنگ کاخمیازہ بھگتنا ہوگا‘

    سیالکوٹ کے دو بھائیوں کو بھرے مجمعے میں ڈنڈے مار مار کے ہلاک کردیا گیا
    پنجاب کے شہر سیالکوٹ میں پولیس کی موجودگی میں دو بھائیوں کی وحشیانہ تشدد سے ہلاکت کے واقعہ کی رپورٹنگ کرنے والے صحافی حافظ عمران کا کہنا ہے کہ انہیں اس واقعہ کے حوالے سے کوریج کرنے پر مسلسل دھمکیاں موصول ہورہی ہے کہ واقعہ کی کوریج کرنے کی پاداش میں انہیں اس کا خمیازہ بھگتنا ہوگا۔

    چیف جسٹس لاہور ہائی کورٹ جسٹس خواجہ محمد شریف نے اس واقعہ کی کوریج کرنے والے رپورٹر اور کمیرہ مین کو تحفظ فراہم کرنے کے معاملے پر پنجاب کے انسپکٹر جنرل آف پولیس اور گوجرانوالہ کی ریجینل پولیس آفیسر سے الگ الگ جواب طلب کیا ہے۔

    بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے حافظ عمران کا کہنا ہے کہ انہوں نے دھمکیوں کے بارے میں متعلقہ پولیس حکام کو بھی آگاہ کیا ہے لیکن پولیس کی طرف سے کوئی خاطر خواہ رد عمل سامنے نہیں آیا اور ان کی حفاظت کے لیے ابھی تک کوئی خاص انتظام نہیں کیا گیا ۔ ان کا کہنا ہے کہ انہیں اپنی جان سے زیادہ اپنے گھروں والوں کی فکر ہے اور بقول ان کے جہاں ان کی رہائش ہے وہاں پراس واقعہ کے بعد مشکوک افراد کو اکثر دیکھا گیا ہے۔

    حافظ عمران ایک نجی ٹی وی چینل کے نمائندے ہیں اور انہوں نے پندرہ اگست کو دو بھائیوں کی سفاکی سے ہلاکت کے واقعہ کی سب سے پہلے کوریج کی۔

    صحافی حافظ عمران کا کہنا ہے کہ انہیں ایک نامعلوم شخص نے اس وقت بھی دھمکی دی جب وہ اپنے فرائض کے سلسلہ میں مقامی پولیس اسٹیشن کے باہر کھڑے تھے تو اس وقت آٹھ کے قریب افراد پولیس اسٹشین پہنچے جو تین موٹر سائیکلوں پر سوار تھے جبکہ ایک آدمی پولیس کی گاڑی میں بیٹھ کر وہاں آیا اور بقول ان کے اس شخص نے بھی انہیں دھمکی دی۔

    ادھر لاہور ہائی کورٹ کے چیف جسٹس نے الیکڑانک میڈیا رپورٹرز ایسوسی ایشن کی درخواست پر پولیس حکام کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ حافظ عمران اور محمد بلال کی حفاظت کے لیے انتظامات کریں ۔ درخواست میں کہا گیا کہ حافظ عمران اور محمد بلال کی زندگی کو خطرہ ہے اس لیے انہیں سیکیورٹی فراہم کی جائے جبکہ انہیں دھمکیاں دینے والوں کے خلاف قانون کے تحت سخت کارروائی عمل میں لائی جائے۔


  3. A very good and thought provoking article. Our society needs to re-examine their virtues and morality that give rise to such criminal mind sets. This is not even an incident for an eye for an eye, it is vigilante justice brought in haste and with malign and criminal attitudes towards 2 people, whose identities and crimes were not clear to the mob, yet it went as far as killing them but with such brutality. I am impressed that we are writing more about such things in our societies and we should continue our struggles till justice is served in such cases. The time for justice has come, eastern societies need to be open up and take blame for whats wrong with them and tackle the issues honestly. Justice needs to be served sternly to avoid repeat incidents against innocents and minorities in our country.

  4. Another thing to note–I dislike PPP immensely, almost as much as MQM and ANP. So for god’s sake, first thing would be to jump onto a better political party and be honest with yourselves about the current PPP.
    thank you

  5. I’m extremely proud that we have people writing about such harsh brutalities, but what irks me is that we point the finger towards the people where we should be pointing the fingers at the authorities that let this happen.

    During 1920-40s, the Ku Klux Klan used to essentially do the same thing with the African American people, but in time as better policing was introduced–the crimes started to decline.

    You can’t blame the mob which is filtered with illiterate and narrow-minded people.

    The real question should be “Why didn’t our police do anything?” instead of taking the kids home, the cowardly handed them over to the mob. That was the real crime.

  6. I would like to appreciate the writers sensitivity towards the current gruesome situation.It is sad that Quaids nation,which was once known to the history as one courageous and glorified nation,is in sheer disappointment.People are becomming cold and numb as anything.

    We need to probe into the whole social setup,infact,need to construct it from the very beginning.We need to change gears and rise as a Nation….’cause if we dont do anything about that now,there are chances that the next victim might be one of us…