The growing intolerance and extremism in Pakistani society is quite evident from increasing incidents of “mob justice.” On August 3, three alleged robbers were tortured to death in a village near Pakistan’s city of Faisalabad.

According to the Express Tribune newspaper in Pakistan, about 70 villagers equipped with all sorts of weapons including pistols, rifles, hockey sticks and iron-rods, rushed to encircle Mr Imdad’s house where the robbers had held the entire family hostage.

“As soon as the armed bandits emerged they threatened the villagers and demanded safe passage. However, they were swiftly overpowered by the villagers who reportedly snatched their guns. The mob gave the bandits a severe thrashing during which the bandits cried for help and apologised but none paid any heed. Several villagers also fired at the dacoits inflicting bullet injuries and profuse bleeding”, reports the newspaper.

The fact should be kept in mind that this is not the first incident of this kind. Earlier in July this year, enraged people of Langerkhel Hindal village, near Lakki Marwat city of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, had also killed an alleged robber who had barged into a house along with two other accomplices. The incident was reported by Dawn newspaper.

However, the incident which attracted widespread condemnation from within the country and abroad was the Sialkot lynching in August 2010. Two brothers were tortured to death by an angry mob amid the presence of the police and the whole world saw this as the incident was recorded through mobile cameras by people present at the scene. The videos were available on Youtube and other online websites with people also sharing these through social networks such as Facebook.

Undoubtedly, such incidents of “mob justice” highlight a growing tendency of extremism and violence among people of Pakistan and demand prompt action by those at the helm to ensure the rule of law in the country.