The Minar-E-Pakistan Incident on 14th August — Could it Have Been Avoided?

Ahmad Zabir
5 min readAug 18, 2021

By now everyone knows what happened, but to summarize, a Pakistani National was publicly harassed and physically tortured by a mob of over 400 people — ironically on the Independence Day of this Country, and on the place where the resolution of Pakistan was passed; Minar-E-Pakistan. There are a ton of questions that are eating everyone inside out — starting from simply a big “HOW?!”, moving towards “Why –”, along with, “What now? Are they going to be punished, is the government taking any action?” — “Did something like this ever happen before? Could it have been avoided?”, and ending on, “Who is to blame”.

It is interesting how we humans always need one entity, or party to take the blame for a crime, while that never happens — and that never is the case. Should the criminal be punished? Yes, but should the people be warned not to follow the steps of the victim? It depends. For example, if a crime lord is beaten up by another crime lord — the latter should be punished, yet the former should not have been in the line of business where he loses his rights to avail safety by law. But that is rare, right? Being a criminal and that leading someone to commit a crime on you is rare.

Tiktoker assault — Minar-e-Pakistan

Did something like this happen with our victim in the Minar-e-Pakistan incident? Some internet comments state that her crime was being a “Tiktoker” and simply “being there at the scene” knowing she was a woman. Let’s back up a little — is it stated anywhere that either of those things is a crime? I don’t think so. Did the state’s law enforcement send out a notice that “Threat of a mob attack” on this location at that time? Not really, it wasn’t even possible anyway. Thus, our victim for sure is innocent in terms of this incidence.

How about the she-should-be-sensible-enough-to-not-have-gone-there-and-made-videos type of comments. If it’s not obvious already — safety is a dynamic notion, the state does its role, police, and law-enforcement do theirs, and you do yours.

I will share a personal example, there is a park near my home, and after nine the streets near that park go all dark and…

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