THE Punjab Government is moving in the right direction in apprehending the killers involved in the Sialkot lashing episode. However, credit, as in countless other cases, must also go to the Supreme Court for first taking suo moto notice of the brutal killing. The apex court was shocked by the scenes in which a crowd of people along with the police stood watching the merciless beating to death of two brothers and even joining the killers by pelting them with stones and hanging their bodies from electricity poles. It nominated former judge of the Lahore High Court and present DG of the Anti-Corruption Department Kazim Malik to conduct a thorough probe and present his findings. Realising well that the executive must not fall behind with its duties, Mian Shahbaz Sharif accompanied by Mian Nawaz Sharif and IG police rushed to Sialkot to condole with the bereaved family and promised to bring the culprits to justice. The deceased brothers might have picked up an argument with someone but under no circumstances did anyone have the right to disregard the law and take their lives in such a violent way. However, it is good to know that the DPO who was present on the crime scene and egged on the mob to slay the brothers telling them that the incident would be covered up as a police encounter has been suspended and placed under house arrest. In addition, 14 other individuals including four police officers have been arrested and orders for the arrest of the rest of the persons who took part in the killings have been given. The CM has also assured that an inquiry would be completed within a couple of days. At the same time, there are reports that Sialkots administrative machinery in cahoots with the police has swung into action to get the accused officials off the hook, attempts that must be foiled at all costs. And since hard facts in the form of footage of the brutal execution are available, there should be no delay in meting out the punishment.