Mob kills Sri Lanka on suspicion of blasphemy


Lahore, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a Muslim mob attacked a sporting goods factory in eastern Punjab, Pakistan, killed a Sri Lankan man and publicly burned his body on suspicion of blasphemy. Stated.

Armagang Gondal, the chief of police in the Sialcot district where the murder took place, said factory workers accused the victims of blaspheming posters bearing the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Sri Lanka’s Priyantha Diyawadana was lynched by a mob in the factory, Gondal said initial information showed. Videos circulating on social media showed the mob dragging a man’s badly injured body down the street and burning it in front of hundreds of demonstrators who cheered on the murderer.

However, Gondal’s district boss, Omar Sayed Malik, said police are still trying to determine exactly why the mob was urged to kill Sri Lanka, whose body was sent to the hospital for an autopsy. rice field.

A video posted on social media showed a mob dragging a severely injured body in Sri Lanka out of the factory.

Mob attacks on people accused of blasphemy are common in Islamic states, but such attacks on aliens are rare.

Blasphemy imposes the death penalty in Pakistan. International and domestic rights groups have stated that blasphemy accusations have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and determine individual scores.

Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar said on Twitter that he had ordered an investigation into the killing of Sri Lanka in Sialkot. Maurana Tahir Ashrafi, a special adviser to the Pakistani Prime Minister on religious affairs and religious harmony, condemned the killing in a statement. He promised severe punishment for those who attacked and killed Sri Lanka.

A Muslim mob with a police station in northwestern Pakistan after police refused to hand over a mentally unstable man accused of desecrating the Islamic scriptures, the latest attack on Friday. It happens within a week after burning the four police stations. No police officer was injured in the attack in Chársadda, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Pakistani government has been under pressure to change the blasphemy law of the country for decades. However, domestic Islamists have strongly resisted such demands.

Governor of Punjab, Islamabad, was also shot dead in 2011 by his own guards after defending Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. She was acquitted after spending eight years in a condemned prison, and was threatened to leave Pakistan and join her family in Canada.


Associated Press writer Asim Tanveer contributed from Multan, Pakistan.