Pakistani Prime Minister speaks to Sri Lanka President in UAE; conveys nation’s anger & shame
After the lynching of a Sri Lankan man in Pakistan’s Sialkot over alleged blasphemy, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he would personally oversee an investigation into “the horrific vigilante attack” which he also called “a day of shame for Pakistan”.
Khan has reached out to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today in the UAE.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister conveyed his nation’s anger and shame over the horrific incident.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday expressed shock at the brutal Sialkot lynching of a Sri Lankan national, but expressed confidence in PM Imran Khan’s commitment to punish all those involved.
PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government is a key regional ally to Pakistan, took to Twitter to condemn the horrific Friday incident that saw a mob torture and kill Priyantha Kumara.
Priyantha Kumara, working as a manager at a private factory in Sialkot, was tortured to death on Friday by a mob.
According to Dawn newspaper, workers of a garment industry, located on Sialkot’s Wazirabad Road, had alleged that the foreigner had committed blasphemy. He was subsequently lynched and his body set on fire.
The mob had also vandalised the factory and blocked traffic, according to police.
Earlier, Khan has strongly condemned the ‘horrific vigilante attack’, calling it a day of shame for Pakistan.
“The burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan.”
Reacting to the attack on Twitter, the PM said that he was personally overseeing the investigations, ensuring that those responsible will be punished ‘with full severity of the law’.
On Saturday, Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister on Information Hasaan Khawar updated the number of arrests to 118, saying that 200 raids had been conducted and that among those detained were 13 primary suspects.
In a press conference in Lahore alongside Punjab IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan, the special assistant said the police had obtained footage from 160 CCTV cameras and additional video and data sources such as mobile data and call records were also being analysed.
(Source: Khaleej Times)
Politicians are a very screwd lot and always issues statements very quickly. But nothing will happen later, and they forget it conveniently. It simply means ‘Crocodile tears’ for the affected families.
Imran Khan too appears good in politics than his cricket ! Latest media reports suggest that the crowd gathered at the factory gate in the morning to seize him and later he was lynched and burnt in the afternoon with many taking sel-fies . What was the factory management & the security forces were doing all these time to safe guard the Sri Lankan from the ugly mob ?
After all, he only removed a poster that was pasted near his office, it was reported by the international media.
Islamism is fundamentally has many elements of extremism: It’s ideology has created ISIS, Taliban and al-Qaeda etc. Compared with the other religions, Islamism is a threat , in some sense, to the world since in the history.
There is no any evidence of freedom to speak about the religion.
Well Mr. Basnayake, SL is a helpless poor country. On top of that we have meek feeble backbone-less leaders. This wouldn’t hapenned if the Factory Manager happaned to come from a Western Country (even from a East Asian Contry for that matter). Remember the attack on Sri Lanka Cricket Team in Lahor? Even in that occation why SL cricket team? They wouldn’t have done that to another Cricket Playing nation. We are a soft target.
Of course, it wouldn’t have happened in the Manager was from a Western Country.
The Westerners, they do have appreciable human qualities; the Western Managers wouldn’t have ripped off Islamic Posters off the walls of the factory and eternally pester young women to night-outs and chase the employees to increase productivity through threats of sacking and sexual intimidation.
The GOSL Leadership should first ensure the safety of its own citizens within its boundaries before complaining about the SL bounty seekers who travel to overseas lands.
BTW, has the Senior Air Lanka Manager wanted by Delhi for harassment of a female Indian employee, surrendered to to the Delhi Courts to face a 6 year jail term?
Yes, I am interested in the fate of the Sri Lankan Airways Manager who is wanted in Delhi to serve a term for harassing multiple women employees.
These idiots from SL think they can extend workplace practices in SL to anywhere in the World.