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Mobilising justice through social media

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: In a bid to ensure justice for Hamza Ahmed, the 16-year-old who was shot dead during a school fight, his friends have created a Facebook page.

The idea came from the very similar Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, where his friends used the social media to mobilise the public and media. His case was taken up by the Supreme Court and the alleged perpetrator, Shahrukh Jatoi, is currently under trial.

“In memory of Hamza Ahmed,” as the name of the page goes, went viral on Facebook, a few hours after the incident. Within four hours it gathered 10,000 likes.

Condolences poured in, people asked for the time of the funeral, pictures of the happy child were posted all over, and the incident was condemned widely.

“Another ridiculous insanity,” said Anil Dada, a member who liked the group.

“No words can describe what his parents must be going through,” said Taimur Mirza.

“Hamza Ahmed.. He was like a lil’ bro! I remember us playing table tennis, football and what not! Every time he met me with a smile. But those are mere memories now,” said Syed Saad Shafqat.

“Change the name of this page to Justice for Hamza Ahmed,” suggested yet another member.

“Another Shahzeb has been killed….,” commented someone.

Yet another Facebooker posted details of the car in which Shoaib and his guard shot dead Hamza Ahmed.

“School is a place to learn. Why are personal guards allowed?” questioned someone.

“I just can’t believe that you’re no longer with us. You’ll be missed. :’( Yesterday it was Shahzeb, today it is Hamza, this gun culture has become a fashion in Pakistan now,” said Faisal Sheikh.

The pages are connected to Shahzeb Khan’s page and a lesser known page of Raheel Nayyer. The latter’s Facebook page reveals that he was a 15-year-old boy living in Gulshan-e-Iqbal who was shot dead by two gunmen at the rooftop of his house.

Source: The News

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