A. R. Jerral The UNO recently declared that Pakistan is suffering from image deficit in the world. One would have thought that Pakistan and its citizens will go an extra mile to repair the image problem, so that we as a nation can hold our head high and be proud Pakistanis that we claim through slogans, banners and speeches. Sadly, however, the great people, as we are prone to call ourselves, have done everything to further sully the nations image. The two recent happenings in the country, one at Sialkot and the other at Bahawalpur, are a case in point. First incident took place in Sialkot, a Hilal-e-Istaqlal decorated city. Two minor brothers were brutally clubbed to death in broad daylight in front of a huge crowd of spectators. Even the custodians of Pakistans law, the police in uniform stood and watched the show. The video footage showed the relish with which a man was clubbing a hapless boy and the apathy with which the crowed watched it. It was a re-enactment of Maula Jat style mayhem. The fact that the police stood and watched clearly shows that the perpetrators of this brutality had the complete protection of the police. Sialkot is a rich industrial city; those who did this publicly might be hailing from a rich family and must have taken the police on board for this heinous crime in exchange of an appropriate price. Where has the human dignity and respect for life gone? Pakistani people have become so indifferent and callous that no one in the crowd watching this brutality had the courage to stop the act; instead they looked on as if they were watching a movie. This incident has been played on media channels throughout the world. It should enhance Pakistans image as a gangland state. Such a state commands no respect anywhere. The Supreme Court took a suo motu action on the incident and ordered an enquiry. Hopefully, there may be some action but one doubts anything will happen. The police persons responsible have absconded and will only be made available when a suitable course of action for their presentation to the court will be made up. The police are known for the protection of their people. The money that was paid for this act must have gone to appropriate pockets that ensure protection to their field operatives. This case too will linger on and then fade away. By the time culprits are caught, the police will come up with a plausible story to save their skins. The victims family will suffer and curse the zalim and hope and pray for him to burn in hell. What else can a weakling do in a state where there is no one to listen to his woes? Adal here is the domain of the rich and the powerful. What we and the world saw on the television is the end result of what we have been doing in Pakistan in the name of entertainment. For ages, we have been eulogising thugs, dacoits and outlaws as role model heroes in our films. Our movies, especially Punjabi flicks, depicted mayhem and massacres as manly heroic acts. Our cult heroes - Sultan Rahis and Mustafa Qureshis - enacted bloodbaths with appreciating public cheering them on. Our censor board failed to arrest the trend. The Sialkot butchery was a similar act which people watched. Whatever it is, it spells doom for a healthy civilised society. We have drifted towards anarchy and lawlessness. The state and its administrative machinery have failed to uphold law and order. The second act that is going to repair our image in the domestic and international esteem is the police raid on women hostels of Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur. Police raids on hostels are norms in Pakistan. What is so special about this raid? A photo appearing in a local newspaper shows a police man beating a young girl with his baton - the sadistic expression that the man carries on his face is the ultimate contempt for women and apathy for humanity. There is no sign of restraint and reason in the picture. We have degenerated into animals, even lower. The animals do not attack the female members of their species; only humans can do that. In Pakistani Society, in any case women occupy a lower status no matter what we say or advocate. This picture will tell the world how far behind Pakistan is the civilised scale; for, here women are beaten by the police to enforce law and order. Such incidents have occurred before and there is no sign of end to them. Pakistan came into being riding on the slogan Pakistan ka matlab kia, Lailaha Ilialallah. It conveyed a message that this country will be ruled according to the tenants of Islamic justice and equality. Over time the message got lost and we have remained Islamic in name only. We have neither justice nor equality. The country has drifted downwards in all its affairs. Pakistan is in the grip of anarchy where law and order has vanished. People hold their own courts and mete punishments according to their own liking. Some time back, some people were murdered in Gojra who were thought to be dacoits. Nothing is known what happened to that case. The ongoing killings in Karachi have just become normal events. Here, women are gang raped, paraded naked in front of the public with no reaction from those who are supposed to be the custodians of law. Sections of the media tend to make such events into grandiose episodes and sadistic sensations. One fails to comprehend which way the country is heading. Pakistan and Pakistanis are no longer held in esteem anywhere in the world. This hits one in the face when one presents his passport to an immigration officer. The expression on his face hits one hard. We, as Pakistanis, are questioned for our intent and purpose. The trust, hallmark of a respectable country, is lacking. What we project through our collective behaviour - Sialkot brutality and police beating women - makes us people from a primitive brutal country not fit to take our place in a civilised, educated and decent community. We have not learnt from the national calamities. The wrath of Allah is already upon us in the shape of floods but we seem oblivious of the happenings around us. We are falling from the status of humans and becoming predators. Compassion, sympathy and love for the fellow mankind are becoming scarce. When tyranny crosses limits, Allah does not hesitate to replace such a nation. The time for the last reckoning is fast approaching. Pakistans elite and its successive governments have played with the covenant made with Allah at the birth of Pakistan; we are paying back for our failings. The writer is a freelance columnist.