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Swat mob lynching: 23 arrested as police launch investigation

Following the Swat mob lynching incident, Swat District Police Officer (DPO) Dr. Zahidullah Khan confirmed the arrest of 23 individuals in connection with the incident.

The turmoil began when rumors spread that the victim had committed blasphemy, leading to a mob storming the Madyan police station where the man was detained. Eyewitnesses reported that despite efforts by police to maintain order, the mob broke into the station, overpowered the officers, and carried out the heinous act. Subsequently, the mob set fire to the victim’s body, the police station itself, and a police vehicle.

The incident, which occurred in the picturesque tourist destination of Madyan, has sent shockwaves across the region and garnered widespread condemnation. Videos circulated on social media depict the horrifying scenes of the police station engulfed in flames and the lifeless body of the victim being desecrated further by the mob.

This distressing event marks the second such instance in recent weeks in Pakistan, where mobs have taken the law into their own hands following allegations of blasphemy. Last month in Sargodha, a Christian man narrowly escaped a similar fate after police intervened, though he succumbed to his injuries days later.

In response to the incident, Swat police have filed multiple First Information Reports (FIRs), including charges against the deceased and the mob involved. The charges range from murder to arson, underlining the severity of the crime committed.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been swiftly formed to probe the incident comprehensively. Led by SP Investigation Badshah Hazrat Khan, the JIT comprises senior officers from various law enforcement agencies, aiming to bring all perpetrators to justice. The team’s efforts have already resulted in the arrest of 23 individuals named in the FIR, with ongoing efforts to identify others involved.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly of Pakistan has passed a resolution strongly condemning the mob lynchings in Swat and Sargodha, emphasizing the constitutional right to life and urging stringent measures to protect all citizens, particularly minorities.

The incident has once again highlighted the challenges faced in upholding the rule of law and protecting individuals from vigilante justice in Pakistan. Authorities continue to investigate the matter rigorously, promising further updates as the investigation progresses.

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