Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the phone and said no mercy would be shown to the mob that lynched Sri Lankan national Priyantha Diyawadana on charges of blasphemy. The President’s Office gave this information here on Sunday. Khan spoke to Rajapaksa over the telephone and said that 113 people have been arrested in this case so far.
“Pakistani forces have collected all the videos and information related to the incident,” a statement issued from the President’s Office said here. Prime Minister Imran Khan informed President Rajapaksa that Diyawadana, who had been in Pakistan for a long time, displayed a high level of professionalism as a manager.
In a shocking incident on Friday, supporters of the extremist Islamic party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan attacked a garment factory, thrashed its general manager Diyawadana and set the body on fire on charges of blasphemy.
case registered on 800
More than 800 people have been booked on terrorism charges and 113 people have been arrested following pressure on the Pakistan government to bring the culprits to justice. Those arrested include 13 main accused.
Diyavdana, a graduate of Peradeniya University, is survived by his wife and two children. He had arrived in Pakistan in 2010 for a job and was working as a general manager at the factory in Sialkot since 2012.
Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday condemned the lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Pakistan and expressed hope that there Prime Minister Imran Khan will bring the culprits to justice to bring justice to the victim’s family. and ensure the safety of the remaining Sri Lankan migrant workers.
Such incidents happened many times
Mob killing on charges of blasphemy is very common in Pakistan, where the crime concerned can carry the death penalty. In April 2017, Mashal Khan, a university student, was lynched by an angry mob. There was an allegation against him for posting blasphemous material online.
Earlier, bodies were burnt in a kiln after a Christian couple were lynched to death in 2014 on charges of sacrilege of the Quran.