Pakistan Today (Lahore)

Ulema condemn Sialkot incident, call it ‘un-islamic’

- News desk

Ulema on Tuesday condemned the tragic incident of lynching Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot by calling it “un-islamic” and “extrajudic­ial”, while demanding strict legal action from the government.

“It was an inhumane act, and to accuse someone of blasphemy without proof is not in accordance with the Shariah,” said Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Dr Qibla Ayaz as he read out a joint statement from ulema following their meeting with Sri Lankan High Commission­er Mohan Wijewickra­ma at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Islamabad.

Dr Ayaz termed the incident against the teaching of the Holy Quran, the Constituti­on as well as the laws of Pakistan, adding that “the act of some people brought shame to the people of Pakistan.”

“The strictest possible legal action must be taken against these miscreants,” he said.

Dr Ayaz said ulema fully supported the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to award Tamgha-i-shujaat (Medal of Bravery) to Malik Adnan — the man who had tried to shield Kumara from the violent mob, but in vain.

He further said there was no place for extremism and violence in Islam, and urged scholars to play their due role in uprooting the menace.

He went on to state that all scholars from a variety of sects had gathered to express condolence and solidarity on the horrific incident. “This tragedy caused anger worldwide as the mob brutally killed a man and later burned his body.”

Earlier, Sri Lankan High Commission­er Wijewickra­ma acknowledg­ed that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had both assisted each other on a number of occasions, adding that “this particular incident in Sialkot will not have any impact on the relations between the two countries.”

He called the Sialkot incident a “horrific and horrendous” act, but added that he was satisfied with the arrests made and the launching of legal proceeding­s.

“At the same time, I have seen that in the last three days people in Pakistan from all areas are condemning it (Kumara’s lynching), and they all say that ‘this is not Pakistan’ and we believe it.”

The high commission­er also said that Kumara’s family should be provided “adequate compensati­on”.

On Friday, December 3, Kumara, a senior manager in a factory in Sialkot, was tortured to death by hundreds of protesters, including the factory employees, and his body was later burnt over allegation­s of blasphemy.

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