Sri Lankan National tortured & burnt to death over Blasphemy in Pakistan
A Sri Lankan National who was an export manager was tortured and burnt to death by a mob in Sialkot, Pakistan. Police have arrested around 100 suspects after facing pressure from the Sri Lankan Government.
In a gruesome incident of violence, a Sri Lankan national was hacked to death, and then his body was burnt by a mob in Pakistan’s Sialkot. The incident took place in Wazirabad Road of Sialkot where the Sri Lankan National, who was the export manager of a factory was burnt. The police were later sent to the spot to bring the situation under their control.
Rao Sardar Ali Khan, the IG of Punjab Police took cognizance of the matter and directed the Gujranwala regional police officer to immediately reach the soot. According to Umar Saeed, Sialkot district police officer, the man is identified to be Priyantha Kumara and he was said to be a Sri Lankan national.
Kumara has been alleged to have torn a poster of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) with Quranic verses inscribed in it. He later threw it in the dustbin according to reports in Pakistani Media. Kumara allegedly tore a poster of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in which Quranic verses were inscribed and threw it in the dustbin. The poster of the Islamist party was pasted on the wall adjoining the office of Kumara. A couple of factory workers saw him removing the poster and spread the word in the factory, as per several reports published in Pakistani Media.
The videos of the gruesome killing and mob chanting religious slogans went viral on Social Media platforms and people expressed their outrages. Taking it to Twitter, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan tweeted “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.”
After Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson pressurized Pakistan into taking legal action against people involved in the killings, the government, on Friday, detained as many as 100 suspects linked to the case.
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