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Two weeks have passed since the lynching of Sunil Saleem Masih by medical staff and security at Services Hospital in Silakot, but thus far no action has
been taken by authorities.
On Easter day Aneel Masih said:
“Yesterday was Easter, but for me it was a day of mourning because my brother’s murderers are still at large. A week has gone by but the police still remain in the dark.”
“I have not been asked by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to identify the culprits or give my testament,” he stated, exhibiting frustration at the lackluster investigation. “I have requested a wholesale change of members of the committee on behalf of my family, but nothing is being done to respond to our pleas. " he declared.
Shadman Police Investigation Office Inspector Husnain Hyder told Dawn news last week that authorities are in a helpless position. "We cannot arrest the culprits since they possess pre-arrest bails", he said.
“We have confiscated all evidence, including CCTV footage and have started raiding other culprit’s homes but we stand nowhere,” he reiterated
In the same article Hyder stated: "The JIT are doing everything possible in their power to resolve the situation. “If the deceased’s family wants to reform the JIT, let them do it,” he stated while shrugging his shoulders. “We will apprehend all those responsible as soon as possible,” he reassured.
The Health department have missed two deadlines for submitting a report and are still inspecting CCTV footage.
The family have told BPCA that to date none of them have been interviewed by the JIT in what they believe is an attempt to subvert justice.
Masih’s family remains in limbo. It has been demoralising that the murder suspects that included several qualified doctors still remain at large despite glaring evidence against them.
Sunil's widow and his four children held morose Easter celebrations which focused on mourning the death of their beloved husband and father.
The deceased was lynched in Services Hospital’s gynaecology emergency ward where he and his relatives had brought his pregnant sister Kiran Kashif. Incensed by the demand by the Christian family that Kiran receive fair treatment despite her faith, medical staff began to beat the male members with weapons that included medical instruments, which ultimately claimed Masih’s life. The story caught the attention of media after a video depicting the brawl went viral on social media.