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“My husband was not mad to tear any poster. I want justice” - Wife of Priyantha Kumara

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  • Requests authorities to remove videos and photographs of her husband’s brutal murder
  • Urges Pakistani government to carry out full investigation
  • His remains will be flown in on state expense

 

Young Nilushi Kumara, the widow of Sri Lankan export manager Priyantha Kumara who was brutally massacred in Pakistan on Friday, has appealed to the Pakistani government for justice and compensation over her husband’s killing and urged for the safety of all Sri Lankans on Pakistani soil.


Speaking to Daily Mirror on the eve of receiving her husband’s remains which will be flown in from Lahore on a special flight today, Nilushi said she demanded for answers as to why the mob in Sialkot killed her husband in such an inhumane manner, and she wanted compensation for a stable future for her two sons aged 14 and 9.
Nilushi who met Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne yesterday has also urged for the intervention of the Defence authorities to remove the videos and photographs of her husband’s brutal murder, saying it affected the family and her children.


“I have not had the courage to see these videos as it’s my husband’s final moments. I urge everyone to stop sharing these videos and pictures on social media and have sought the intervention of the Defence authorities to remove them from the internet,” Nilushi said.


“My house is presently a funeral home. But people forward these videos to us. It is affecting us.” she added.
Nilushi who now says she must protect the future of her two sons said her husband was the sole breadwinner of the family and since he was employed overseas she had quit her job as a teacher and was busy raising her children. Priyantha Kumara had been employed in Pakistan for the past 11 years and was employed in this factory for the past 9 years.


Nilushi described him as an innocent individual who cared for his employees and colleagues. He respected the Pakistani laws and lived as a peace-loving citizen. He also respected all religious views.


When questioned if she knew what led to Priyantha’s attack, she said she was still unaware of the exact details but said she had seen it in the news that there was a poster torn.  

“My husband lived in Pakistan for 11 years, and he never once complained about the people or his colleagues there. So he is definitely not mad to tear any poster. If I knew there was any threat on him, I would have never let him leave us,” she said.


She has called on the Sri Lankan government to also ensure justice over her husband’s killing and says this case must not be forgotten. She has also urged the Pakistan government to carry out a full investigation and provide her with answers. “I do not want this case to be swept away,” she said. 


According to the Foreign Ministry. Priyantha Kumara’s remains will be flown into Colombo from Lahore this evening.  Nilushi said the remains will be sent for autopsy and on Tuesday morning they will receive his remains in a sealed coffin.


 His remains will be flown in on state expense.


 The Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, is also in discussions with the Pakistan authorities and the employer of the deceased regarding payment of compensation. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

 

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  • kumar Monday, 06 December 2021 12:05 PM

    It is so sad and unfortunate. If someone working with dangerous animals should take necessary precautions. It can turn into wildness anytime.

    Arnold Monday, 06 December 2021 12:08 PM

    100% blame should be on the politicians who destroyed the local economy and these poor souls end up in dangerous places to make a living.

    P Logeswaran Monday, 06 December 2021 01:13 PM

    100% True

    European Monday, 06 December 2021 12:18 PM

    Surely the Roghinya Muslims, the Uyghurs, the people in Afghanistan, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, Kazachstan, Pakistan, Yemen, etc. want justice too. So maybe your government can seek some answers from those criminal governments as they are on warm friendly speaking terms with them.

    C Wijekoon Monday, 06 December 2021 01:10 PM

    Of course they deserve justice, but what does that have to do with this. Is it this poor guy's fault? Does the fact those Muslims are hurt by their own govt's justify a mob beating this guy and burning him alive???

    John Monday, 06 December 2021 01:32 PM

    Do not write irrelevant matters which have nothing to do with this barbaric act. Do not divert and justify primitive, barbaric acts.

    European Monday, 06 December 2021 02:21 PM

    Turkey, Belarus, Hongkong, Romania, Hungary, UAE...........Please Srilankan government, use your friendly connections for other innocent suppressed people too.

    Shan Weereratne Monday, 06 December 2021 03:15 PM

    European by name, you sound sick to the core, get some assistance. Don't vent your inherent shortcomings on some innocent grieving soul.

    Norma Monday, 06 December 2021 01:13 PM

    Charity begins at home. It’s not there since we got independence. We should have been with UK. Everyday I regret about our independence. We have revengeful attitude in our blood.

    Sach Monday, 06 December 2021 01:47 PM

    So its true than that Europe is under the threat of Muslim takeover. Non Muslims in europe, take care

    Ahamed Monday, 06 December 2021 02:07 PM

    I'm very curious to know how much they're going to compensate their family

    Dilshan Monday, 06 December 2021 02:14 PM

    There are thousands of relatives seeking justice for their missing ones. Probably you can ask your government to redress their grievances

    Be Fair Monday, 06 December 2021 02:52 PM

    Well, what happened, has happened. I hope she will be compensated so that the Children and she can live the life Priyantha wanted them to have. That's solace, life should go on for them

    Siddhartha Sharma Monday, 06 December 2021 03:16 PM

    My Interaction with Sri Lankan People over last 12 years tells me that the best

    karhtik Monday, 06 December 2021 03:20 PM

    I urge Indian government to consolidate the victim

    karthik Monday, 06 December 2021 03:21 PM

    i urge Indian government to consolidate the victim

    Geetanjali Mishra Monday, 06 December 2021 03:58 PM

    We all should contribute and help priyantha Kumara family. But ,how ?I can feel the pain ,trauma ,anguish of bereaved wife ....so sad . We must help her. Pls inform me ,how?

    Viks Monday, 06 December 2021 06:51 PM

    Pakistani defence minister says it’s not a big deal- just some youthful exuberance. It’s ghastly.

    sanjeev kumar Monday, 06 December 2021 07:03 PM

    This is the true face of these people. The moment they come in majority they see it their religious duty to kill people of other faith.

    European Monday, 06 December 2021 07:36 PM

    Shan Weereratne : what about your government venting their shortcomings on grieving souls? Why were you all silent when they acknowledge the Taliban? Ofcourse I condemn this murder of this poor man totally too!

    Ranaweera Tuesday, 07 December 2021 08:17 PM

    European is a terror supporter.


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