A high-powered security meeting of civilian and military officials expressed the resolve to work towards preventing incidents of mob violence like the one that happened in Sialkot in which a Sri Lankan national was lynched by a mob.
The meeting that was being chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was reviewing the overall security situation in the country. The participants expressed regret at the brutal murder of Priyantha Diyawadanage by a mob in Sialkot and resolved that perpetrator will be punished.
The participants agreed that no one can be allowed to take the law in their hands and “Therefore, a comprehensive strategy shall be implemented to curb such incidents and strict punishments to all the perpetrators shall be ensured”, read the communiqué.
Participants also lauded the bravery of Malik Adnan who risked his own life to try to save Priyantha Diyawadanage. The participants also expressed condolence with the bereaved family.
The meeting was attended by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, and other senior military and civil officials.
Earlier, on Friday a mob in Sialkot attacked and lynched a Sri Lankan factory manager, Priyantha Kumara, who had been working in Pakistan since 2012, and set his body on fire. The ill-fated man was accused of having committed blasphemy.