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Pakistani police: Crowd kills Sri Lankan for alleged blasphemy

ONE Islam mobs attack a sports equipment factory in east pakistan Punjab wake up on friday, kill a Sri Lanka man and burned his body publicly for alleged blasphemy, police said.

Armagan Gondal, a police chief in the Sialkot district where the murder took place, said factory workers had charged the victim for posters with offensive names. Islam Prophet Muhammad.

Sri Lankan Priyantha Diyawadana was surrounded by crowds inside the factory, Gondal said initial information showed. Videos circulating on social media showed a crowd dragging the man’s badly bruised body into the street, where they burned it in front of hundreds of protesters cheering for the killers. .

However, Gondal district superior Omar Saeed Malik said police are still trying to determine what exactly prompted the mob to kill Sri Lankans, whose bodies have been sent to the hospital for an autopsy. deadbody.

A video posted on social media showed a crowd dragging the severely bruised body of a Sri Lankan outside the factory.

Crowd attacks on people accused of blasphemy are common in the Muslim country, although such attacks on foreigners are rare.

Blasphemy the death penalty in Pakistan. International and domestic human rights groups say blasphemy allegations are often used to intimidate religious minorities and fix personal matches.

Punjab Minister Usman Buzdar took to Twitter, saying that he had ordered an investigation into the Sri Lankan murders in Sialkot. The Pakistani Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Religious Affairs and Religious Harmony, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, condemned the killing in a statement. He promised to severely punish those who attacked and killed Sri Lankans.

Friday’s latest attack comes less than a week after a Muslim mob torched police stations and four police stations in northwest Pakistan after officers refused to hand over an unstable man. spiritually accused of insulting Islam’s holy book, the Quran. No officers were injured in the attacks in Charsadda, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

For decades, the Pakistani government has been under pressure to change the country’s blasphemy laws. However, Muslim elements in the country vehemently opposed those demands.

A Punjab governor in Islamabad was also shot dead by his own bodyguard in 2011, after he defended a Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy. She was acquitted after eight years of being sentenced to death and receiving threats, leaving Pakistan for Canada to join her family.

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Associated Press writer Asim Tanveer contributed from Multan, Pakistan

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