The Sindh government grants Rs. 5 million for mob victims in Machhar Colony

On Monday, the Sindh cabinet authorized Rs5 million in compensation for the two telecom employees who were killed in a mob attack in the Machhar Colony in Karachi.

The two men, Aimen Javed of Thatta and Ishaq Maher of Naushehroferoze, were murdered by an enraged crowd on Friday following rumors that they were going to kidnap children.

In his report to the cabinet, the Inspector-General of Police for Sindh, Ghulam Nabi Memon, stated that they were in the region to “verify the signals of the mobile tower.”

The IG notified the cabinet that fifteen individuals identified in the incident’s video footage had been apprehended.

As a response, the Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, stated that such occurrences could not be overlooked and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice, while also adding that public faith in the police had diminished.

“The episode of Machhar Colony and others in which the mob killed the perpetrators or [suspect] perpetrators cast doubt on the public’s faith in our police; hence, we must revise the laws to discourage the mob justice system, and the police must earn back the public’s trust.”

In addition to granting Rs5 million in compensation for each victim, the cabinet also established a cabinet committee to study the problem and provide suggestions.

Composed of Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab, Special Assistant to the Sindh CM for the Rehabilitation of Special Children Sadiq Ali Memon, IGP Memon, and Home Secretary Dr. Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo.

The committee has also been entrusted with determining if a “mob management police force” is required to handle such incidents.

If the force is constituted, it will be trained and provided with the necessary equipment and armaments.