Pak PM Imran Khan dials Sri Lanka’s President, assures justice to lynched Lankan national

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COLOMBO: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has actually guaranteed Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that there will be no grace to the mob which lynched Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana over accusations of blasphemy, the President’s workplace here said on Sunday.
Khan telephoned Rajapaksa and stated that 113 people have been apprehended up until now, it stated.
“All the videos and info associated to the occurrence have actually been gotten by the Pakistani security forces,” a statement from the President’s workplace stated.
Imran Khan notified President Rajapaksa that Diyawadana, who had actually served in Pakistan for a very long time, had actually shown a high level of professionalism as a supervisor.
In a stunning event on Friday, mad fans of the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) attacked a garment factory and lynched its general manager Diyawadana, who was in his 40s, prior to setting his body on fire over allegations of blasphemy.
As pressure installed on the Pakistani government to bring the guilty to justice, over 800 individuals have been booked under terrorism charges while 13 prime suspects are among 118 detained up until now in the dreadful lynching of the Sri Lankan nationwide in Punjab province.
Diyawadana, a graduate from the University of Peradeniya, is survived by his spouse and 2 kids. He left for Pakistan for work in 2010 and has been working as the supervisor of the Sialkot factory considering that 2012.
He was working as the basic supervisor in the Rajko markets (dealing in garments– sportswear) in Sialkot district, some 100 kilometres from Lahore.
Sri Lankan Parliament and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday condemned the lynching and hoped that Prime Minister Khan will keep his commitment to bring all those involved to justice and guarantee the security of the remainder of the island country’s expat employees.
“A mob of over 800 men gathered at the factory at 10 am Friday on reports that Kumara had torn a sticker/poster (inscribed with Islamic verses) and dedicated blasphemy. They looked out for him and found him (from the rooftop). They dragged him, beat him significantly and by 11.28 am he was dead and the body was set on fire by the violent mob,” Inspector General of Police (Punjab) Rao Sardar Ali Khan said.
The mob after burning the body of the Sri Lankan national had blocked the Wazirabad roadway. Authorities from different stations reached there to control the situation, he said.
The occurrence stimulated widespread condemnation from all strolls of life. Police were likewise scolded for reaching the crime scene after the incident. Only a number of cops can be seen in one video asking the people to stay back while the body was burning.
Mob killings over claims of blasphemy have been very typical in Pakistan, where the criminal offense can bring the death sentence.
In April 2017, an upset mob lynched university trainee Mashal Khan when he was accused of posting blasphemous content online.
A Christian couple was lynched and then fired in a kiln in Punjab in 2014 after being accused of desecrating the Quran.

Released at Sun, 05 Dec 2021 08:29:56 -0600

US, West blast Taliban over reported ‘summary killings’ of ex-security forces

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WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday led a group of Western nations and allies in condemnation of the Taliban over the “summary killings” of former members of the Afghan security forces reported by rights groups, demanding quick investigations.
“We are deeply worried by reports of summary killings and implemented disappearances of previous members of the Afghan security forces as recorded by Person Rights Watch and others,” read a statement by the United States, the European Union, Australia, Britain, Japan and others, which was released by the State Department.
The nations stated the rights abuses “contradict” the amnesty for former security forces announced by the Taliban, which took power in Afghanistan in August as the US-backed government in Kabul and the country’s military collapsed.

Released at Sun, 05 Dec 2021 00:47:38 -0600