SIALKOT: Mob tortured to death Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the SriLankan export manager of Rajco Industries here on Friday (3rd of December, 2021), before burning his body over alleged blasphemy.
Imran Khan spoke to SriLankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and conveyed the nation’s anger and shame to people of SriLanka.
Taking to the Twitter PM Imran Khan stated: “The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan. I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress.”
Prime Minister of SriLanka Mahinda Rajapaksa stated: “Shocking to see the brutal and fatal attack on Priyantha Diyawadana by extremist mobs in Pakistan. My heart goes out to his wife and family. SriLanka and her people are confident that PM Imran Khan will keep to his commitment to bring all those involved to justice.”
The SriLankan parliament also condemned the lynching during its session. Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated: “The government wishes to express its condolence over the death of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, a Sri Lankan University degree holder and a manager at a factory in Pakistan, who was the victim of an attack carried out by extremists regardless of territorial boundaries. Further, the government strongly condemns the inhumane attack that took the world by surprise,”
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi informed: “Spoke to my brother FM Gamini Lakshman Peiris of SriLanka and expressed my deep grief and condolences. The Pakistan leadership will ensure all perpetrators will be brought to justice swiftly”.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while condemning the lynching of SriLankan manager, maintained that such extrajudicial vigilantism could not be condoned at any cost. He further directed all-out support to the civil administration to nab the perpetrators.
Priyantha Diyawadana who was lynched and burnt
CM Punjab Usman Buzdar Tweeted: “I am extremely shocked at the horrific Sialkot incident. I have instructed IG Police to thoroughly investigate it. No one is allowed to take law in their hands. Rest assured, individuals involved in this inhumane act will not be spared!!”
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar lamented: “Absolutely horrified at inhumane murder of #SriLankan Priyantha Kumara accused of blasphemy-an abhorrent interpretation of Islam. It’s a shameful day for us in Pakistan. We have to implement Jinnah’s vision on minorities. PMIK is overseeing arrests of all involved.”
Police, that initially failed to save the life of the slain Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, Tweeted that they had nabbed 100 perpetrators.
Later Punjab Govt Spokesman Hasaan Khawar and Province’s Top Cop Rao Sardar Ali Khan claimed that 200 raids were conducted by the Police.
118 suspects (including 13 main accused identified as Farhan Idrees, Saboor Butt, Talha, Abdul Rehman, Imran, Taimur, Shoaib, Raheel, Usman, Shahzaib, Nasir, Ehtisham and Junaid) had been arrested.
Amnesty International stated: “Amnesty International is deeply alarmed by the disturbing lynching and killing of a SriLankan factory manager in Sialkot, allegedly due to a blasphemy accusation. Authorities must immediately conduct an independent, impartial and prompt investigation and hold the perpetrators accountable. Today’s event underscores the urgency with which an environment that enables abuse and puts lives at risk must be rectified”.
Personal Vendetta Theory: According to President of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Imran Akbar, some laborers had used religion to settle personal vendetta.
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