‘Human beings are pure evil’: Dog thrown from balcony in Karachi’s Liaquatabad sparks outrage online

‘Human beings are pure evil’: Dog thrown from balcony in Karachi’s Liaquatabad sparks outrage online

The sheer cruelty of the incident has struck a nerve, with many calling for stricter laws and harsher penalties for animal abusers.
Updated 08 Jun, 2024

In a harrowing incident that has sent shockwaves across the internet, the ACF Animal Rescue shelter released a graphic and horrifically disturbing video showing a group of adult men throwing a dog from the terrace of a building in Karachi’s Liaquatabad. The footage resulted in calls for immediate action to protect stray animals from such vile and inhumane behaviour.

The graphic video was shared by the Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) with a caption detailing the incident: “In Liaquatabad, Karachi, this group of boys threw the dog off a terrace because they were angry that homeless dogs were coming near the apartment to look for food”.

The Sharifabad police have arrested a janitor named Qasim. A case has been registered under Section 5 and Section 428 of the Pakistan penal code at the Sharifabad police station.

“There are six to seven more dogs that they have trapped to torture,” the animal shelter claimed. “The more we do this work, the more we realise that it is less about educating people and more about opening our eyes to understand that human beings are pure evil. Just look at the state of the world, do you think human beings are good?” the caption questioned.

This distressing incident, along with other cases of animal abuse and dog culling in the country, has prompted many people to voice their outrage and demand justice for the innocent and voiceless.

Artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr took to Instagram to passionately denounce the act. In a video, he said, “Yesterday in Liaquatabad, the residents of a building threw a dog from that 7 to 8 floor building. That dog has died. I have sent my men to inquire why these people did what they did. I would also request all the followers of Shaheed Bhutto in that area to ask these people why they did that to an innocent animal. The screams of the innocent reach God.”

He said that these acts of cruelty are what really spoil the image of a country.

“Remember that you are ruining the image of Pakistan,” he said. “When you kill an innocent animal, you have ruined our country’s reputation. You have made us monsters in the eyes of the rest of the world and I hope you pay for it.”

Actor Nadia Afgan expressed her horror and grief over another incident through an emotional Instagram video. Afgan, who has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, struggled to find words to describe her feelings: “ACF shelter sent me a video, and I haven’t been able to sleep for two nights.”

She went on to describe the graphic and horrifying details of the video, which showed a mob torturing stray dogs to death. One man in the video even threatened similar violence against anyone showing kindness to stray dogs. Afgan questioned the moral compass of those involved, repeatedly asking, “Aren’t you people afraid of God?”

“You wonder why bad things happen to you when you can’t even follow the teachings of our religion and be kind to a creature who has never done you any harm! I am not one to curse, but I pray that something even worse happens to you than what you have done to these dogs. You will all face a trial for this one way or the other. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Afgan also called on the government, police force, and animal rights activists to take decisive action against anyone displaying cruelty to animals. She urged her followers to educate themselves and their children to prevent such horrific acts from being perpetuated by future generations.

In a heartfelt caption accompanying her video, Afgan lamented the moral decline in Pakistani society: “We as a nation have no respect for anyone or any living being. This needs to stop. We have to make this country and this world a better place. Stop dog culling. The government needs to step in and put an end to the ruthless killing of dogs everywhere.”

The incident has struck a nerve across the nation, with many calling for stricter laws and harsher penalties for animal abusers. Several are horrified by the incident and many more have lost faith in humanity.

“I don’t want to talk about human rights anymore,” one user wrote in an Instagram story reshared by the ACF. “We are living in a society where people throw animals from the top of buildings,” they said, condemning the act and talking about how we’ve failed as a nation.

More users spoke about how the incident was sickening and shameful, yet it wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. “You think these psychopaths won’t come for your children? For you? Since you all are so concerned with yourselves. Hold the people who are inciting and carrying out such nauseating levels of violence against animals accountable,” one user whose story was shared by the ACF demanded.

Others said it is high time society learns about animal rights

Stray animals are rounded up and killed en masse on a routine basis in Karachi to curb their population. Municipal laws allow authorities to either poison or shoot stray dogs with impunity — a practice that has been widely condemned as being cruel and inhumane.

In May last year, a video of a dog being killed by hanging in Karachi was widely shared on social media. The video showed a man hanging a dog from a rack with the help of a rope. The man, the watchman of a market, was later detained. The local SHO said that he “may have employed the wrong means of killing the dog — hanging him, instead of poisoning or shooting, a usual practice in the city to kill dogs in a bid to protect children against dog bites.”

Unfortunately, moments of outrage online do little to curb such incidents. It is time local governments invest more in neutering stray dogs if population control is such a problem.

In December last year, the Karachi local government was asked to work with ACF to launch a public awareness campaign to prevent cruelty towards animals. Former caretaker chief minister Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar directed the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to provide six vans to ACF to help rescue and neuter stray dogs. The ACF has since said that it never received any vans.

However, the ACF is just one of the very few functional animal shelters in the city and does not have the capacity to shelter all stray animals in the metropolis. Our government needs to create more animal shelters or help existing ones expand if people are not interested in adopting or even feeding stray dogs.

Education isn’t the only thing needed to stop these kinds of cruel incidents from happening — we need to foster a sense of empathy in our people, something that is sorely lacking if they think the solution to a stray dog problem is throwing the animal off a balcony.


Ahsan Gul Jun 06, 2024 06:21pm
Some naive wrote this article to label humans as callus and cruel. Pakistan is a country where people are being treated worse than animals and dogs. Only corrupt and leadership is to be blamed.
Abdullaah Jun 06, 2024 06:27pm
Yes correct
Kashif Ijaz Jun 06, 2024 07:05pm
Karachi has become city of Stray Wild Dogs under PPP rules. Stray Wild Dogs are every where ready to bite even kill children. Under reporting or no reporting of Dog attack events is big problem.
Ehsan Jun 06, 2024 07:27pm
What’s wrong with us
Asad Jun 06, 2024 07:54pm
Compare this evil act to Turkey, where animals are respected and fed, even the stray one.
Asad Jun 06, 2024 07:54pm
Thank you ACF.
Asad Jun 06, 2024 07:57pm
Society behaves the way its leader do. If they are corrupt, disregard the law, abduct, aprrehend, jail women and children, will reflect in society with such incidents.
Smazr Jun 06, 2024 08:06pm
100 percent right. But why no one speaks about real humans being killed every day in Karachi by armed thugs. I guess it's more fashionable to talk of animal rights. After one gets used to seeing humans killed, they are concentrating on dogs now.
Anas Hasan. Jun 06, 2024 08:31pm
This is absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. How can anyone be so cruel and heartless towards innocent animals? This is not just an act of violence, it’s a reflection of a deep-seated problem in our society. The authorities must take strict action against the perpetrators and ensure that such incidents never happen again. Every living being deserves compassion and respect. #JusticeForAnimals #EndAnimalCruelty
The cynic Jun 06, 2024 09:04pm
No one should tolerate and promote this behavior. What most animal lovers do not realise is that stray animals are not pets and are most of time not vaccinated. If someone from the less fortunate segment of society gets bitten by them then they usually have to buy the vaccine themselves. Even the one sold by DOW University sells for Rs. 1300 per single shot. The usual dose is 4 shots. Please do the math. We can not vaccinated or neuter animals. The only less popular solution is to cull. Even the courts have issued directives on these well. Before we go on moral pedestal let us think why people are acting the way they are and then judge them.
Mohd Sharif Jun 06, 2024 09:09pm
The title of this article should be “Incompetent Pakistan Government” and not “Human Beings are pure evil”.
TBang Jun 06, 2024 09:24pm
People committing such acts have actually got lower IQ than the poor “bezabaan” that they torture. Pathetic
Taj Ahmad Jun 06, 2024 09:31pm
Very sad, every life is precious, humans and animals are all precious. Stray dogs or cats are most common in large numbers in Pakistan and what local government should do reduced their population or birth rate upto 50% by using birth control pills.
MAA Jun 06, 2024 11:23pm
All these stray dog loving organizations and individuals should take the stray dogs to their homes or animal shelters. These dogs cannot be let loose on the roads and streets to bite innocent citizens, especially children.
FARIDA RAMAN Jun 06, 2024 11:25pm
This act was shameful but worse are the killings of minority community members in the name of blasphemy.
S.A Jun 07, 2024 12:05am
Shame on those who were involved in this incident and other similar incidents! Where are the laws and the authorities when it comes to punishing such monsters?!
Javed Mohsin Jun 07, 2024 12:36am
This is Pakistan brutal
Nadeem Shah USA Jun 07, 2024 12:56am
Thanks to influx of barbarians into our country.
S Asif Jun 07, 2024 02:58am
Throw the perpetrators off the same balcony.
Fastforward Jun 07, 2024 05:15am
Why there is surprise when humans are burnt alive.
Jamil Soomro Jun 07, 2024 08:50am
The fact that the horrific death of the innocent dog has caused outrage in Pakistan is truly good news. Dog is man's, woman's and child's best friend, this is the universal truth. The people who killed this dog must be punished.
Fast comment Jun 07, 2024 09:38am
This brutal act of inhumanity totally unacceptable. The perpetrators of this horrific act must be booked and punished according to law.
SYED HASSAN HASEEB Jun 07, 2024 11:21am
prov/central govts not even able to provide drinking water to its people will protect stray animals it is a joke.
Taimur Khan Jun 07, 2024 12:21pm
Inhuman & cruel. Stray animals should be taken off the streets & culled humanely. But we rape our minor girls & boys & dump them in garbage....we throw acid on women & abuse our elderly...we lynch people on the street & brutally ravage political opponents. We r a horror show!
P. J. Jun 07, 2024 12:27pm
Who is this pretentious Mr. Nice Guy? I do NOT condone animal abuse; however, look at the profound political corruption where people have no electricity despite temperatures of 45C and such? "All Pakistanis are bad?" I certainly do NOT think so...!
Imogene Jun 10, 2024 06:07am
This is a topic that's close to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though? pepek