Thursday, 9 June 2011

Don't Blame Rangers Only

Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary force, has been accused of killing an "unarmed teenager" in Karachi. However, one should try to understand full context before quickly pointing fingers at Rangers. BBC Urdu has a 1:02 minutes long video which a close consideration reveals many clues that support Rangers' point view.

In the video, a young man is taken towards the paramilitary force personnel by an apparent civilian, who in a very frank manner waves something towards Rangers and says, "This is the gun and money". Upon close inspection one can clearly see that there is a hand gun wrapped in that piece of cloth - a standard practice in Pakistani law enforcement agencies to keep fingerprints safe. It appears that the young man is being accused of armed robbery, to which he seems to confess by saying, "It is a fake gun" and "I am forced (by circumstances)". Rangers clearly seem to be confused and a lack of proper training is apparent.

They, however, according to most reports, shot him on his limbs and he still succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Did anyone ever stop to ask what kind of medical facilities were available in that hospital or how fast was he taken to the hospital or how many doctors were actually in the hospital.

When the whole system is broken, you cannot blame just one institution because it is easy to identify.

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