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Mob in Pakistan lynches Sri Lankan citizen over ‘blasphemy’, burns his body

A mob in Pakistan on Friday lynched a Sri Lankan nationwide earlier than burning his physique over alleged blasphemy within the nation’s Punjab province.

Priyantha Kumara, who was in his 40s, was working as the overall supervisor of a manufacturing unit in Sialkot district, some 100 kms from right here, a Punjab police official advised PTI.

“Mr Kumara allegedly tore a poster of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) during which Quranic verses have been inscribed and threw it within the dustbin. The poster of the Islamist get together was pasted on the wall adjoining the workplace of Kumara. A few manufacturing unit employees noticed him eradicating the poster and unfold the phrase within the manufacturing unit,” the official mentioned.

Lots of of males, enraged over the “blasphemy” incident, began gathering outdoors the manufacturing unit from adjoining areas. Most of them have been activists and supporters of the TLP.

Cops stand guard outdoors a morgue the place the physique of a Sri Lankan citizen who was lynched is saved, in Sialkot, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP)

“The mob dragged the suspect (the Sri Lankan nationwide) from the manufacturing unit and severely tortured him. After he succumbed to his wounds, the mob burnt his physique earlier than police reached there,” the official mentioned.

A number of movies have been circulated on social media exhibiting a whole lot of males gathered on the website surrounding the physique of the Sri Lankan nationwide. They have been chanting slogans of the TLP.

The Imran Khan authorities had lately lifted a ban on the TLP after signing a secret settlement with it after which its chief Saad Rizvi and over 1,500 activists
accused of terrorism have been launched from jail.

The TLP in return had ended its week-long sit-in in Punjab after withdrawing its demand of expelling the French ambassador on the difficulty of blasphemous cartoons in France.

Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik advised reporters {that a} heavy contingent of police has been deployed within the space to manage the scenario after the lynching of the Sri Lankan nationwide.

Mob in Pakistan lynches Sri Lankan citizen over ‘blasphemy’, burns his physique

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar termed it a really tragic incident and ordered the Inspector Basic of Police to analyze the matter and report him inside 24 hours.

“Each facet of the incident must be investigated and a report must be submitted. Motion must be taken towards those that take the legislation into their very own arms,”
the chief minister mentioned in a press release.

The scenario within the space is tense whereas all factories are shut. No arrests have been made up to now, the police added.

Pakistan has extraordinarily strict legal guidelines towards defaming Islam, together with the dying penalty, and rights campaigners say they’re typically used to settle private disputes within the Muslim-majority nation.

A US authorities advisory panel report says Pakistan used blasphemy legal guidelines greater than another nation on the earth.


Mere allegations of blasphemy have triggered violence towards minorities like Christians.

A number of individuals accused of committing blasphemy have been lynched lately.

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