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PM Imran conveys nation’s anger, shame over lynching to Sri Lankan president

A day after the brutal lynching of the Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed the nation's anger and shame to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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A day after the brutal lynching of the Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed the nation’s anger and shame to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The premier, in a tweet, said that he had the Sri Lankan president that over 100 people had been arrested and assured him they would be prosecuted with full severity of the law

“Spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today in UAE to convey our nation’s anger & shame to people of Sri Lanka at vigilante killing of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot”.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed confidence that his Pakistani counterpart would keep his commitment by bringing the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

The Sri Lankan factory manager, Priyantha Kumara, was beaten to death on Friday in Sialkot and set ablaze by a mob over allegations of blasphemy.

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Terming the incident a “horrific vigilante attack”, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he would personally oversee an investigation and called it “a day of shame for Pakistan”.

“Shocking to see the brutal and fatal attack on Priyantha Diyawadana by extremist mobs in Pakistan. My heart goes out to his wife and family,” said Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa in his statement on Twitter.

Rajapaksa said, “Sri Lanka and her people are confident that PM Imran Khan will keep to his commitment to bring all those involved to justice.”

Several video clips shared on social media showed a mob beating Kumara. Other clips showed his body set ablaze, as well as the overturned wreckage of what was said to be his car.


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