Pakistan Today (Lahore)

Nobody to be spared for perpetrati­ng violence in Name of religion: pm

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prime minister imran khan has said that nobody will be spared for perpetrati­ng violence under the garb of religion. addressing a condolence reference in memory of Sri Lankan national priyantha diyawadana, who was brutally lynched by a mob in Sialkot last week over blasphemy allegation­s, the prime minister said the incident brought embarrassm­ent to the entire nation and dented its image. the prime minister said the business community of Sialkot has collected one hundred thousand dollars to be provided to the bereaved family of priyantha diyawadana.

he said the bereaved family will also continue to receive the monthly salary.

appreciati­ng the courage of malik adnan, who put his life at risk to save the life of the Sri Lankan national, the prime minister said malik adnan will be conferred with tamgha-e-shujaat.

“role models are important in the country because people follow them,” imran said, adding, “moral power is greater than physical power.”

the prime minister also presented him with a letter of appreciati­on.

the premier said pakistan is the only country that was establishe­d in the name of islam, but Sialkot-like incidents are a source of shame for the pakistanis.

“pakistanis living abroad couldn’t show their faces in public after this incident,” he said, adding that he received tons of messages from people living overseas.

Later, talking to the media, malik adnan thanked the prime minister for announcing tamgha-e-shujaat for him and giving him a letter of appreciati­on.

he said that he would like to dedicate these awards to the family of priyantha diyawadana.

earlier on monday, the mortal remains of the Sri Lankan national reached colombo from Lahore airport, while an anti-terrorism court (atc) granted physical remand of 26 accused for 15 days for investigat­ion. kumara’s remains were repatriate­d with state honours.

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