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Update: At least 800 booked under ATA over killing Sri Lankan manager in Pakistan

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The police have arrested a prime suspect and booked over 800 people under the Anti-Terrorism Act a day after a mob tortured a Sri Lankan man, employed as a manager in a factory on Wazirabad Road, Sialkot, to death and set his body on fire.

The police said Farhan Idrees, the key suspect, has been detained.

They said hundreds of people armed with sticks and batons were present inside the factory at the time of the murder of the foreign national, Priyantha Kumara.

After the murder, the mob dragged his body on the streets, the police said, adding that it failed to stop the crowd due to a lack of strength.

As per the initial investigation, the police said that the Sri Lanka citizen was killed over allegations of blasphemy. They added that they were investigating the matter from all angles.

Meanwhile, an initial report of the incident has been submitted to Prime Minister Imran Khan by the Punjab Police. As per the report, at least 112 suspects have been detained who were identified with the help of the factory managers. The provocateurs have been arrested as well.

The detained suspects have been moved to unknown locations, they said, adding that investigation was still underway.

Separately, the body of the deceased has been handed over to the police after post-mortem for legal formalities.

In a statement, cleric Mufti Taqi Usmani condemned the killing of the foreign national over blasphemy allegations. He said blasphemy was a “grave crime” but the evidence to prove the blasphemy charges must be beyond doubt.

The Sialkot incident has tarnished the image of Pakistan and Muslims across the world, he added.

He expressed concerns over the violent state of affairs in Pakistan, saying instead of using force, the government should table the matter before parliament to resolve such issues. He also urged the protesters to use peaceful means instead of destroying national properties and violence.

The nation was shell-shocked and disgusted on Friday when a Sri Lankan national was brutally lynched and his body was set on fire by a mob in Sialkot. The sickening incident outraged the nation as the civil and military leaders denounced it as “horrific” “shameful” and “extra-judicial vigilantism”.

President Arif Alvi said the vigilante attack has nothing to do with religion, while Prime Minister Imran Khan promised that those responsible “will be punished with the full severity of the law”.

The gut-wrenching incident took place on Sialkot’s Wazirabad Road, where workers of private factories brutally lynched the Sri Lankan national.

Several gruesome video clips shared on social media showed a mob beating the victim while chanting slogans against blasphemy. Other clips showed his body set ablaze, as well as the overturned wreckage of what was said to be his car.

Many in the mob made no attempt to hide their identity and some took selfies in front of the burning corpse. The police claimed that the grisly incident took place inside the factory premises and there was no way of knowing about it before that time.

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  • Q Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:00 PM

    Nothing will happen ..in these Muslim countires. World knows who they are . They just want to kill

    Kikazaru Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:02 PM

    An eye wash. During this killing, people where seen filming the event with no effort to stop it. There was no police presence until the man was burned to death. The Sri Lanka government up to now have not summoned the Pakistan ambassador for an explanation. The back boneless government.

    RoaringCreek Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:05 PM

    Nothing will happen as the Sri Lankan was attacked and burned alive in the name of Allah. Disgusting. Sri Lanka is not better when it comes to delusions.

    K .varatharajah Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:12 PM

    Very soft speaking well behaved student of mine .

    L. Vithana Sunday, 05 December 2021 05:54 AM

    Thank you! Verifies the reason he survived for over 10 years in Pakistan.

    Citizen Perera Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:19 PM

    Unlike banana republic ...... Imran khan will take necessary action against killers

    Grace Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:48 PM

    Sri Lankans working abroad, especially in the Middle East countries should learn local cultural sensitivities of the host countries.

    DW Saturday, 04 December 2021 12:53 PM

    Why would a Sri Lankan businessman goes to a Muslim country to work when there are plenty of safer countries in the wold?

    Sambo Saturday, 04 December 2021 01:41 PM

    Will they be Nidos Kota Nidas as in Sri Lanka.

    Priyatha77 Saturday, 04 December 2021 02:02 PM

    burned live !. Can you imagine ? they are worst than animals

    Spartacus Sunday, 05 December 2021 10:56 AM

    If we call these Pakis animals in this instance, then what do you call the Sinhalese in 1983?

    Faqir Hussain Wednesday, 08 December 2021 12:54 PM

    This is nothing new, these people are still at the wild animal level in their evolution as humans. They have no decency or any humanity in any of them. We will have to wait and see how many will be sent to the gallows for this heinous crime against an innocent man as the death penalty is in vogue in Pakistan. The Police do nothing to stop in any of these cases. This is not the first and will not be the last crime in Pakistan. They are still evolving has human beings.


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