Malik Adnan on Monday said he dedicated awards given to him by Prime Minister Imran Khan, to Priyantha Kumara and the people of Sri Lanka.
Malik Adnan showed extraordinary courage while making an effort to save Sri Lanka citizen Priyantha Kumara during a mob attack in a sports factory in Sialkot last Friday.
He thanked the Prime Minister for awarding him a commendation certificate and Tamgha e Shujaat.
Talking to APP, he said in the situation he found himself in, one should always stand with the oppressed.
He said, “today I am very proud and my message to the nation is that whenever you encounter such a situation always stand with the oppressed.”
He said after the incident the way the nation stood with him, he was thankful to everybody.
He said his parents and teachers always advised him to stand with the oppressed even at the cost of one’s life.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said one who saved a human saved the whole of humanity, he added.
He said Priyantha Kumara was a good human being, friend, and the best manager and people trained by him were working at high posts in different companies of the country.
Media, teachers, and conscious citizens should guide people so that such incidents were not repeated in the future, he added.
How Malik Adnan became a hero
Important to note, while Priyantha Diyawadana was being beaten up, Malik Adnan, who according to reports, was a colleague, tried his best to rescue Priyantha from the mob.
He immediately rushed to Priyantha when he received the news. Priyantha had already suffered serious head injuries by the time Malik Adnan arrived. However, Malik Adnan stepped into the scene and physically shielded Priyantha at the risk of his own life. The mob also beat Malik Adnan as he tried to save Priyantha from the rabid mob.
Malik Adnan tried to reason with the mob and begged them to spare Priyantha’s life. To appease the mob, Malik Adnan even suggested removing Priyantha from his job and sending him out of the country. However, the mob was set on ending Priyantha’s life.
Courtesy: APP with additional input by GVS