Ashrafi, Tariq Jameel
meet SL envoy, apologise
for Sialkot tragedy

Sri Lankan victim Priyantha Kumara with his family

ISLAMABAD: Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi and renowned preacher and religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel visited Sri Lankan high commission and apologized for the Sialkot tragedy.
Talking to media, after meeting Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan, Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi condemning the Sialkot incident said that the Sialkot factory management has decided to bear all the expenses of the two children of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana , a 49 year old, Sri Lankan citizen lynched by a mob on December 3, 2021 in Sialkot. The administration has also given a job to Sri Lankan citizen in the factory.

Maulana Tariq Jameel apologised for the incident saying our religion does not allow such barbarity. Our religion does not allow oppression at all.
Maulana Tariq Jameel said that Islam’s literal meaning refers to submission, surrender and peaceful reconciliation, especially compliance with divine directives. Muslims adhere to the Quran and Sunnah and are required to obey these directives.
Holy Quran says Whoever kills an innocent person it is as though he has killed all mankind, and whoever saves a life it is as though he has saved all mankind.

The usurer deserves severe punishment and the one who killed the innocent deserves punishment, he said adding they were visiting Sri Lankan High Commission for seeking apology.

The whole Pakistani national was ashamed for that barbarity. No one has the right to burn anyone.

Sri Lankan victim Priyantha Kumara with his family

He asked people to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Speaking on the occasion Sri Lankan high commissioner thanked both dignitaries for visiting and said that the Sri Lankan government was fully satisfied with the steps taken by the Pakistani government.

33 more suspects arrested in Sialkot case

Police investigation and arrests in murder and lynching incident in Sialkot are continued and Sialkot police on Friday claimed to have arrested 33 more primary suspects involved in the lynching of 49-year-old Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara in the city.

A mob comprising hundreds of protesters, including the employees of the factory Kumara was the manager of, had tortured him to death on December 3 and later burnt his body.

A first information report was registered against 900 workers of Rajco Industries on the application of Uggoki Station House Officer Armaghan Maqt under sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Islamabad: Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan, Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi and Maulana Tariq Jameel addressing a press conference after the meeting at Sri Lankan High Commission on Wednesday.

Investigator Tariq Mahmood, in a statement, said the 33 suspects would be presented in the anti-terrorism court Gujranwala. He said the remand of 52 suspects had already been obtained from the court. As many as 85 suspects have been arrested in connection with the case so far, he added.

Later, the suspects were produced before the anti-terrorism court amid tight security. The judge granted police a 17-day physical remand of the suspects. The suspects will be produced before the court again on January 3, 2022.

The police have officially arrested 52 suspects for their involvement in the Sialkot lynching incident after registering a case against them, provincial minister of Punjab for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat said during an assembly meeting.