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PM Khan to spare no one in Sialkot disaster

Sialkot, an angry mob beat a Sri Lankan man to death and burned his body over blasphemy allegations. The incident left Pakistan horrified with officials vowing strict action. Calling it a shameful day for Pakistan, PM Khan warned that all those responsible will be punished.

Prime Minister Imran Khan vows to take strict action against those involved in the horrific Sialkot incident. Terming the incident as shameful, PM Khan warned that all those responsible will be punished.

Taking to Twitter, PM Khan also revealed that he will personally oversee the investigation of the Sialkot disaster.

“The horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan,” PM Khan tweeted.

“I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with the full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress,” he further added.

PM Khan’s remarks came hours after the Sialkot disaster.

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The horrific Sialkot incident

Friday, an angry mob beat to death a Sri Lankan man working as a manager at a local factory in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations. After that, they burned his body in the middle of the road.

Disturbing videos of the incident went viral on social media. The videos showed hundreds of people gathered at the site. According to information by the Sialkot Police Chief, the factory workers accused the victim of desecrating posters bearing the name of the Holy Prophet. As a result, the mob lynched the man.

Subsequently, authorities soon became mobilized. The Punjab IG revealed that the police obtained CCTV footage to identify the culprits. Later, the police announced that it arrested around 100 people, including one of the main culprits.

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Pakistan’s reaction to the Sialkot disaster

Needless to say, Pakistan is in utter shock over the incident. Citizens strongly condemned the horrific act, while government officials vowed to take strict action. Subsequently, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed for all-out support to the civil administration to arrest the perpetrators of this “heinous crime” and bring them to justice.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif called the incident “utterly horrific and shocking.” Furthermore, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz asked whether this brutality was our identity as well as the future for coming generations.

Most importantly, Pakistan’s religious leaders also condemned the incident. Maulana Tariq Jameel said that taking the law into one’s own hands on the basis of a mere accusation was against the teachings of Islam.

“There is no room for violence and extremism in Islam,” he said, calling on religious scholars to play a positive role in preventing extremism in the country.

Additionally, Special Representative for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi condemned the lynching on “behalf of all ulemas.” He also said that it “defaced Islam”.