Lynching, burning of Sri Lankan Manager in Sialkot horrifies people
Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik confirmed that the deceased was a Sri Lankan national.
A Sri Lankan national was killed by a mob on Friday in Sialkot over accusations of blasphemy. His dead body was also set on fire by the mob.
According to reports, the export manager, identified as Priyantha Kumara, of a factory was attacked and killed by the workers of private factories. Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik confirmed that the deceased was a Sri Lankan national.
A number of videos shared on social media show hundreds of men gathered at the site with some chanting slogans of “Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah.” Furthermore, some of the videos also show the dead body of the Sri Lankan national dragged and burnt.
Earlier today a Sri Lankan national employed as manager in a #Sialkot factory was accused of blasphemy, lynched to death then his body was burnt while Police no where in sight. Since #MashalKhan the odds of lynchers getting state support are better than accused getting protection
— M. Jibran Nasir 🇵🇸 (@MJibranNasir) December 3, 2021
The amount of radicalisation and intolerance that has transgressed into the society can be very well measured by what happened in Sialkot – Absolutely horrific – Our heads should hang in shame. #Pakistan
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) December 3, 2021
Terrifying & numbing scene in #Sialkot where a Sri Lankan senior manager of a factory was burnt to death by a mob of hundreds after being accused of blasphemy. This is the result of decades of state weaponising blasphemy for its goals, & impunity for anyone using it for theirs.
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) December 3, 2021
— M. (@_smolcurlyhead) December 3, 2021
The madness around blasphemy is nurtured by the state to target opponents, undermine governments & silence critics. Peaceful movements are violently suppressed while religious fanatics are rewarded. Mob violence & lynchings are a logical result of such suicidal policies. #Sialkot
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) December 3, 2021
So who are we going to blame for letting a guy get beaten to death & then later set on fire by a violent mob? Western culture? RAW? Fahashi?
Or maybe, just maybe, state bowing down to extremists everytime & weaponising blasphemy for its own interests for decades???#Sialkot
— 🐾 (@hybridchicKk) December 3, 2021
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of the Sri Lankan national’s murder, ordering a high-level inquiry into the matter.
“Every aspect of the incident should be investigated and a report should be submitted. Action should be taken against those who take the law into their own hands,” he said.
Moreover, Inspector General of Police Punjab – Rao Sardar Ali Khan – has also taken notice and directed the Gujranwala regional police officer to reach the site at the earliest. “The Sialkot DPO is present on the spot. All aspects of the incident should be investigated,” the IGP said.
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