It is lamentable that the incidents of instants of mob justice have become frequent in our society. Not a single day passes without reports in the newspapers or broadcasts over the television channels and scenes aired where justice is taken in one’s own hand. These incidents of instant justice are not only perpetrated against individuals but also against the government officials and the police as the administrative organs do not follow the law, and are attracted to shortcuts. Since our country is known as a ‘police state’, thus, police was respected but even that has ended and now even police officers and stations are targets of such attacks. Rowdy people storm the police posts, police stations, overpower the policemen and often kill the people in police custody.

Are these incidents pointing at a lack of civic education? Is it an indication that people do not have confidence in the Judiciary or in the judicial process? It is a well-known fact that our courts move at a snail’ pace and even then favour the person who has more wealth or contacts. Our courts do not deliver timely justice. I have no hesitation in saying that such instances contribute to the negative attitude towards the courts, particularly, our district judiciary. Such confrontations instigate the ordinary man to a resort to ‘self-help.’ It is not an exaggeration that there are a number of factors which cause these delays.

The key stakeholders of the legal and judicial system in the country must seriously reflect on this issue and devise pragmatic policies to address it so that delivery of easy and expeditious justice may become a reality in Pakistani society.


Islamabad, April 22.