ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has condemned the killing of a national who was a the manager of an apparel factory in Pakistan by an extremist mob, while reports said several arrests had been made.
Leader of the House Dinesh Gunewardene in parliament Saturday expressed the government’s regret and condemned the killing of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana by a mob who accused him of blasphemy.
He said Sri Lanka appreciated the action of Prime Minister Imran Khan in ordering an inquiry.
Media reports said Diywadana had removed some posters of an extremist group called Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which had contained Quaranic verses.
The group had been recently unbanned and over 1,500 members released from prison reports said.
Some factory workers had seen the incident and a protest had been staged. They were said to be supporters of TLP.
Crowds had swelled and they had chased him, while a colleague clung to his legs and tried to save him, dragged him to the road, beat him set him on fire accusing him of blasphemy.
“On receiving information about the protest, three personnel of the Uggoki police reached the spot, but the mob clearly outnumbered them, making them silent spectators,” the Dawn newspaper said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the perpetrators will be arrested.
“The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan,” he said. “I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress.”