Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the brutal killing of a Sri Lankan citizen in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy which has generated a wave of anger among the citizenry.
The Sri Lankan national, who was working as a manager at a private factory in Sialkot, was lynched by a mob of vigilantes, who later torched his body, over blasphemy allegations.
The prime minister expressed his shock at the tragic incident in a tweet. He wrote, “The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan. 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”.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had also directed the IGP to thoroughly investigate the incident and submit a report as soon as possible. The CM expressed concern over the incident, terming it “very tragic”.
“Every aspect of the incident should be investigated and a report should be submitted. Action should be taken against those who take the law into their own hands,” the chief minister said.
The episode has generated a lot of anger among citizens, on social media, with many blaming the government’s policies of appeasing extremist groups for a rise in incidents of violence.