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PM, COAS condemn Sialkot lynching as Sri Lanka demands probe

Gen Bajwa says extra-judicial mob attacks unacceptable

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Dec 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

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Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa have condemned the lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot on Friday with the PM calling it “a day of shame for Pakistan.”

In separate statements, they have promised to punish everyone involved in the crime.

The statements came as Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry demanded “the required investigation and justice” following the incident.

Gen Bajwa called the incident “condemnable and shameful” in a statement, SAMAA TV reported.

He said extra-judicial acts by the mob were unacceptable and everything must be done to help bring the people involved in the incident to justice. 

Prime Minister Khan issued a statement on Twitter describing what he called “a vigilante attack” as “horrific.”

The prime minister promised that everyone involved in the attack will be punished as he was overseeing the investigation.

Arrests were being made, he said. At least 50 people have been arrested in Sialkot, according to Punjab government spokesman.

Imran Khan said the Sri Lankan national was burnt alive.

A mob at a factory killed and burned the body of a senior manager in Sialkot on Friday over the allegation of blasphemy.

Sri Lankan foreign ministry

Sri Lankan foreign ministry has issued a statement about the incident, according to local media outlet in Sri Lanka.

The statement says “Sri Lanka expects Pakistan would take required action to investigate and ensure justice following an alleged incident of torture and burning of the body of a Sri Lankan in Sialkot.”

It said the ministry had received the information about the incident and Sri Lankan High Commission in Pakistan was verifying the details from Pakistani officials.

Sri Lankan High Commission in Pakistan later thanked PM Imran Khan and tweeted a snapshot of his tweet.

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