M Ashraf Mehar


Hafiz Muhammad Naeem who along with another person was lynched by furious mob after twin suicide bombings outside two churches in Youhannabad was laid to rest in his native graveyard in Lalyani, Mustafabad here Tuesday evening.

Earlier, the family received his death body from the police after legal-formalities and DNA test.

Hafiz Naeem, a glass cutter by profession had gone to Youhannabad for some work where he along with another person was caught by angry mob after the twin suicide bombings outside two churches. The mob thrashed them severely and tortured them to death. Later, the protesters burnt both the dead bodies beyond recognition on main Ferozepur Road in the presence of a large number of police personnel. However, as soon as the media aired pictures of the lynched persons, the family identified one the victims and approached the police and other authorities concerned.

Later, talking to a private TV channel sister of lynched Hafiz Naeem informed that her brother had gone to the area to satisfy a customer’s demand and carried a piece of glass with him where after the blast, he was beaten to death by the angry protesters. The news of the lynching of spread like a wild fire in the Lalyani, Mustafabad and the residents rushed the house of ill-fated Naeem.

On Tuesday, the police handed over the dead body to the family after legal formalities and DNA test. As soon as the dead body reached the village, moving scenes were observed.

There was rage and mourning in the atmosphere and everyone was tearful. Scores of people from different villages of the area attended the funeral for hafiz Naeem. After the burial, angry people blocked Ferozepur Road, demanding arrest of the accused involved in the lynching of Hafiz Naeem. They warned the Punjab government to act swiftly for bringing the lynching accused to the book otherwise the government would be responsible for subsequent situation.

Meanwhile, the Nishtar Town Police on the application of Saleem, brother of the deceased Hafiz Naeem, registered a case against unidentified accused.

Elderly father of Hafiz Naeem, Muhammad Mehar Shafi, his mother, three brothers and six sisters have urged the Punjab government to provide justice to the family by bringing the culprit to the book.