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Sialkot business community raises $100,000 for Priyantha family

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
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Posted: Dec 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Prime Minister Imran Khan awards an appreciation certificate to Malik Adnan at a ceremony in PM House Islamabad.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared that "from now on" the government would not allow the misuse of religion or name of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The Prime Minister Office on Tuesday held a ceremony to express solidarity with the family of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, the Sialkot lynching victim, and to appreciate the courage of Malik Adnan who tried to shield Priyantha by putting his own life on the line. Prime Minister Imran Khan awarded a letter of appreciation to Malik Adnan and said that Adnan would also be awarded Tamgha-e-Shujaat at the awards ceremony on March 23. He said Pakistan was proud of Malik Adnan and that moral courage is far greater than the physical strength. There is an English phrase "one moral man is an army," the PM said. He said the youth will be inspired by Adnan, whom he described as a man who "stood before animals." "I have decided that from now on if anyone uses the religion, especially in the name of Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to commit injustice, we will not spare them," the PM declared. "Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as Rehmatul-lil-Alameen not only for Muslims but for the entire humanity." The PM said there was a misleading notion that Islam spread by the sword while in reality, the ten years of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s conquests left only 1,400 people dead. "He (PBUH) preached humanity and justice, the two qualities that distinguish humans from animals. "In a human society there is justice, and in animal kingdoms, the law of the survival of the fittest applies. "In human societies, weaker people are uplifted." Blasphemy accused not defended in court The prime minister said people were persecuted for mere allegations of blasphemy. "What kind of justice is this that you acccuse [a person of blasphemy] you become judge and your execute him. This does not happen in any society," he said. The PM said that blasphemy accused were not being defended by lawyers in courts and judges refused to hear cases under an environment of fear. He declared the Sialkot lynching to be another watershed moment in the history of Pakistan after the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar that left 156 people, mostly schoolchildren dead. PM Khan said after the APS attack there was anger across the country and then Pakistan won the war on terror, and now after the Sialkot incident, the entire country has decided that "it would not allow that to happen again." The prime minister revealed that the Sialkot business community has decided to give $100,000 to the Priyantha family and to continue to pay his monthly salary for life. The ceremony was attended by Sri Lankan High Commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama, federal cabinet members, and others. Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI laid a floral wreath on the portrait of late #PriyanthaDiawadana duringCondolence Reference held in Prime Minister Office earlier today. pic.twitter.com/xIeeN03Lul— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) December 7, 2021 Comparison with Indian lynchings The prime minister said that mob lynching was something seen regularly in India since the BJP government came to power, but the Sialkot incident allowed Indian TV channels to say that "see this also happens" in Pakistan. "It does not happen here. And I will not allow this to happen here as long as I live," Imran Khan asserted. The Prime Minister later laid floral wreath at the portrait of Priyantha Kumara.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared that “from now on” the government would not allow the misuse of religion or name of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The Prime Minister Office on Tuesday held a ceremony to express solidarity with the family of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, the Sialkot lynching victim, and to appreciate the courage of Malik Adnan who tried to shield Priyantha by putting his own life on the line.

Prime Minister Imran Khan awarded a letter of appreciation to Malik Adnan and said that Adnan would also be awarded Tamgha-e-Shujaat at the awards ceremony on March 23.

He said Pakistan was proud of Malik Adnan and that moral courage is far greater than the physical strength. There is an English phrase “one moral man is an army,” the PM said.

He said the youth will be inspired by Adnan, whom he described as a man who “stood before animals.”

“I have decided that from now on if anyone uses the religion, especially in the name of Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to commit injustice, we will not spare them,” the PM declared.

“Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as Rehmatul-lil-Alameen not only for Muslims but for the entire humanity.”

The PM said there was a misleading notion that Islam spread by the sword while in reality, the ten years of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s conquests left only 1,400 people dead.

“He (PBUH) preached humanity and justice, the two qualities that distinguish humans from animals.

“In a human society there is justice, and in animal kingdoms, the law of the survival of the fittest applies.

“In human societies, weaker people are uplifted.”

Blasphemy accused not defended in court

The prime minister said people were persecuted for mere allegations of blasphemy. “What kind of justice is this that you acccuse [a person of blasphemy] you become judge and your execute him. This does not happen in any society,” he said.

The PM said that blasphemy accused were not being defended by lawyers in courts and judges refused to hear cases under an environment of fear.

He declared the Sialkot lynching to be another watershed moment in the history of Pakistan after the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar that left 156 people, mostly schoolchildren dead.

PM Khan said after the APS attack there was anger across the country and then Pakistan won the war on terror, and now after the Sialkot incident, the entire country has decided that “it would not allow that to happen again.”

The prime minister revealed that the Sialkot business community has decided to give $100,000 to the Priyantha family and to continue to pay his monthly salary for life.

The ceremony was attended by Sri Lankan High Commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama, federal cabinet members, and others.

Comparison with Indian lynchings

The prime minister said that mob lynching was something seen regularly in India since the BJP government came to power, but the Sialkot incident allowed Indian TV channels to say that “see this also happens” in Pakistan.

“It does not happen here. And I will not allow this to happen here as long as I live,” Imran Khan asserted.

The Prime Minister later laid floral wreath at the portrait of Priyantha Kumara.

 
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  1. Uzair  December 8, 2021 11:27 am/ Reply

    Make those responsible for this a living example for others. We need to serve justice as soon as possible.

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