Furious Muslim mob of hundreds LYNCH Sri Lankan factory manager in Pakistan, publicly burning his body after he was accused of blasphemy

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  • Priyantha Kumara was killed and publicly burnt in East Pakistan yesterday
  • Manager of Sri Lankan sports equipment factory was accused of blasphemy
  • Hundreds of angry laborers dragged the victim out
  • Police have arrested 13 and detained dozens, officials said today

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Hundreds of angry Muslims in East Pakistan lynched and publicly burnt the body of the manager of a Sri Lankan sports equipment factory on Friday over alleged blasphemy.

Priyanta Kumara was accused by the factory workers of desecrating the posters bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad of Islam.

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According to officials, a mob descended on the factory in Sialkot district of Punjab province and the police arrested 13 suspects, including dozens of them in custody.

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Hundreds of angry Muslims in East Pakistan lynched and publicly burnt the body of a Sri Lankan sports equipment factory manager on Friday following accusations of blasphemy.

The lynching was widely condemned by Pakistan’s military and political leadership, prominent social and religious figures and members of civil society.

Punjab Police Chief Rao Sardar today said the prime suspects who apparently incited the violence were arrested in video footage, who killed the manager, dragged him outside, took selfies with his burning body and proudly admitted did what they did.

Mr Sardar also said that the incident started around 11 am on Friday and shortly after that three constables reached the factory to control the situation.

The victim reportedly asked the workers to remove all stickers from the factory’s machines before a foreign delegation arrived.

Hasan Khawar, spokesman for the Punjab Government of Pakistan, and Punjab Police Chief Rao Sardar

Hasan Khawar, spokesman for the Punjab Government of Pakistan, and Punjab Police Chief Rao Sardar

Punjab government spokesman Hasan Kharwar said the provincial police chief was personally supervising the investigation.

Khurram Shahzad, a police officer of Sialkot district said that 123 suspects have been detained in the ongoing raids.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sugeshwar Gunaratne said yesterday that the Sri Lankan embassy in Islamabad is verifying the details of the incident with Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted yesterday: ‘The gruesome vigilante attack on the factory in Sialkot and the burning of Sri Lankan manager alive is a day of shame for Pakistan.

‘I am supervising the investigation and all those responsible will be punished in the fullest severity of the law, to make sure there is no mistake. Arrests are on.

In Pakistan’s conservative society, accusations of blasphemy only invite mob attacks.

The country’s blasphemy law provides for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of a crime.

Pakistani security officials inspecting the factory.  The country's blasphemy law provides for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of a crime

Pakistani security officials inspecting the factory. The country’s blasphemy law provides for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of a crime

The prime suspects were arrested after video footage of violence showed clear instigators who incited activists to kill the manager, dragged him outside, took selfies with his burning body and proudly admitted what they did

The prime suspects were arrested after video footage of violence showed clear instigators who incited activists to kill the manager, dragged him outside, took selfies with his burning body and proudly admitted what they did

Mr Khawar (center) and Mr Sardar (left) with Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Special Representative of the Pakistani Prime Minister on Religious Harmony

Mr Khawar (center) and Mr Sardar (left) with Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Special Representative of the Pakistani Prime Minister on Religious Harmony

Friday’s attack comes less than a week after a Muslim mob stormed a police station and four police posts in northwest Pakistan after refusing to hand over a mentally unstable man accused of insulting Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Burned.

No officer was injured in the attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The country’s government has long been under pressure to change the country’s blasphemy laws, which were first introduced by the British colonial rulers in 1860.

Critics of the laws say that accusing someone of insulting Islam can often be used to intimidate people in religious minority groups or to set individual scores in Pakistan. fly news,

A Punjab governor was shot dead by his own guard in 2011 after defending Christian woman Asia Bibi on charges of blasphemy.

He was acquitted after spending eight years on the death row and, following threats, left Pakistan for Canada to join his family.

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