Sri Lankan manager killed by mob in Sialkot over 'blasphemy'

VIDEO: Sri Lankan manager killed by mob in Sialkot over 'blasphemy'

According to authorities, a mob in Sialkot tortured a Sri Lankan man to death over blasphemy who working as factory manager.

The individual was recognised as Priyantha Kumara by Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the "horrific, vigilante attack" on the factory and the burning alive of the Sri Lankan man "was a day of shame for Pakistan".

"I am overseeing the investigations and, let there be no mistake, all those responsible will be punished with the full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress," he said.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the "cold-blooded murder" by the mob in Sialkot was "condemnable and shameful". "Such extra-judicial vigilantism cannot be condoned at any cost," the ISPR said.

The statement added that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had directed for all-out support to the civil administration to arrest the perpetrators of this "heinous crime" and bring them to justice.

Special Representative for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, speaking to the media after the incident alongside Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister on Information Hassan Khawar and IG Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan, condemned the lynching on "behalf of all ulemas" and said it had "defaced Islam."

When it comes to Namoos-i-Risalat, Ashrafi stated that the country has laws (the sanctity of the Prophet). He claimed that individuals responsible for the incident had failed to serve the country and had gone against Islam.

"The elements involved in the incident attempted to harm Islamic rules and teachings," he added, Those responsible for the "barbarism" will be punished.

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