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False blasphemy trend must be ended in Pakistan: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: While condemning the unfortunate trend of false blasphemy cases and urging for ending this, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed his government’s determination not to spare anyone found involved in cruelty by using religion, especially, the name of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses at the ceremony held in Islamabad on Tuesday to honour Malik Adnan, Deputy Production Manager, RAJCO Industries who tried to sale late Sri Lankan Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana during Sialkot tragedy on Friday.

“The message of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), who was declared by Allah Almighty as Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, is based humanity and justice,” he said while addressing a condolence reference held here at the PM Office to express solidarity with the family of late Priyantha Kumara, who was killed by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, as well as the government and people of Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister said the message of humanity and justice given by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), were the characteristics of a human society as against the inhumane world where the rules like “might is right” and “survival of the fitness” were applied.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan awarding a commendatory certificate to Malik Adnan on Tuesday who tried to save late Priyantha Kumara at Sialkot on Friday.

Imran Khan on this also awarded Malik Adnan – the person who tried to save the Sri Lankan factory manager from the mob attack during the “shameful” Sialkot incident – with a certificate of appreciation and said that Malik Adnan by showing valor and humanity had made the whole county and nation proud.

The condolence was attended among others by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan, Federal Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ulema, Artists and Civil Society Representatives.

Imran Khan said that from now on, the government will not spare anyone found resorting to violence in the name of religion.”From now on, if anyone is found using religion, especially resorting to violence in the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the government will not spare them,” the premier maintained.

He said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent as a blessing for the entire human race, not just Muslims. “His message was based on two principles: humanity and justice; these two traits distinguish humans from animals,” he said, adding that what happened in Sialkot was an example of “might is right” — a rule that prevails in the jungle, but has no place in human societies.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan laying a floral wreath in respect of late Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He said that the kind of events we have been witnessing in the country lately, where some people use religion to torture and burn other human beings, are unacceptable.  The premier also talked about people who are falsely accused of blasphemy and are sent to jail.

“Some people are falsely accused of blasphemy and are thrown in jail to rot in there, as neither any lawyer nor any judge wants to support them,” he said. “This kind of [sham justice] cannot be found in any humanitarian society of the world.”

“And the tragedy is that no lawyer comes forward to defend this innocent person and even a judge also does not prepare to listen his case. This unfortunate trend should be ended”.

Citing the example of the Army Public School massacre, the premier said that since that day, the whole country has decided not to tolerate any such incidents again.  “Since then, all Pakistanis have united against terrorism — something which had been unprecedented in the country.”

The premier said that the business community in Sialkot has accumulated $100,000 for the family of Diyawadanage Don Nandasri Priyantha, while they will continue to send his salary to his widow.

Victim Priyantha Kumara

The foreigner, Diyawadanage Don Nandasri Priyantha, was working at a factory in Sialkot. Hundreds of people, including workers from the factory, had tortured him to death last week and later burnt his body over blasphemy allegations.

The event drew widespread condemnation from Pakistanis and the international community alike, following which the federal government had also on Monday decided to implement a comprehensive strategy to curb violence in the country.