ISLAMABAD: The Defence Minister of Pakistan Pervaiz Khattak while justifying the murder of Srilankan Manager, Priyantha Kumara who was brutally murdered by a violent mob in Sialkot, said kids do such things in the passion which doesn’t mean things are bad.
Khattak while speaking to the media said mob lynching and the brutal murder of Priyantha Kumara, is a very normal thing, particularly when one is young, emotional and a Muslim.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that on behalf of the Nation, he wants to salute the moral courage and the bravery of the colleague of the deceased who was subjected to the mob lynching in Sialkot, Malik Adnan.
In a tweet, PM said, “On behalf of the nation I want to salute moral courage & bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter & save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot incl endangering his own life by physically trying to shield victim.”
“We will award him Tamgha I Shujaat,” he added.
Earlier, the Punjab police on Sunday identified and arrested six more of the main alleged culprits involved in the lynching of 49-year-old Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations.
The FIR was registered against 900 workers of Rajco Industries on the application of Uggoki Station House Officer (SHO) Armaghan Maqt under sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
The applicant admitted that the protesters had slapped, kicked, punched and hit Kumara with rods in his presence, and dragged him out of the factory on Wazirabad Road where he died. They then set the body on fire. The SHO said he was helpless in front of the mob owing to shortage of personnel.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday also spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sialkot Incident.
In a tweet, PM said, “Spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today in UAE to convey our nation’s anger & shame to people of Sri Lanka at vigilante killing of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot. I informed him 100+ ppl arrested & assured him they would be prosecuted with full severity of the law.”
Earlier, the security personnel on Saturday have arrested the second prime suspect who incited the mob to torture Sri Lankan manager Priyantha Kumara to death in Sialkot over alleged blasphemy.
According to details, suspect Talha has been shifted to some unknown place for interrogation. So far, police officers have arrested over 100 people with the help of CCTV for killing the manager.
Earlier, a man who earlier claimed responsibility for the murder of Sri Lankan manager Priyantha Kumara whilst chanting slogans of Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan (TLP) has been arrested by police.
According to the details, Police have arrested Farhan Idrees who is one of the alleged main culprits of the horrendous Sialkot incident.
Meanwhile, At least 100 accused in the Sialkot incident have been also arrested so far.
According to Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has instructed IG Punjab to investigate the matter.
“Inquiry will be finalised in 48 hours and government will take strict action against the culprits involved in this inhumane act,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also ordered punishment for perpetrators of the Sialkot incident.
In a tweet, he said, “The horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan.”
“I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with the full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress,” he added.
Earlier, A young man from Sialkot accepted the responsibility of killing the Sri Lankan manager of a factory in Sialkot.
According to the details, factory workers Talha, Farhan complained and decided on the spot to kill the Sri Lankan national.
The youth accepted responsibility for the attack and he chanted the loud slogan of Labbaik which are used by worked of Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan.
Meanwhile, around 50 people involved in the Sialkot incident have been arrested so far.
RPO and Commissioner Gujranwala are in Sialkot and conducting inquiries. The inquiry will be finalized in 48 hours.
CCTV footage and NADRA’s face recognition techniques will be used to arrest all the culprits.
A mob in Sialkot on Friday tortured a man to death before burning his body.
According to the details, the incident took place on Wazirabad Road in Sialkot, where the workers of private factories attacked the export manager of a factory and burnt his body after killing him.
On the other hand, Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik said the man, identified as Priyantha Kumara, was a Sri Lankan national.
Videos shared on social media showed hundreds of men and young boys gathered at the site.
In some of the videos, groups of men can be heard chanting slogans of “Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah.”
It is to be mentioned here that Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was recently unbanned by the govt.