Sialkot lynching: Pakistan’s religious scholars call for compensation to family of victim

The country’s top religious scholars, holding a press conference outside the Sri Lankan High Commission, in Islamabad, on December 7. 2021. — Geo News 

ISLAMABAD: The country’s foremost religious scholars on Tuesday called for compensation to be given to the family of Sri Lankan national Diyawadanage Don Nandasri Priyantha who was savagely lynched last week in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations.

A press conference was held outside the Sri Lankan High Commission, where a group of ulema went to extend their condolences to the people of Sri Lanka over the incident, and to share in their grief over the barbaric act.

The ulema publicly denounced the lynching, with Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Tahir Ashrafi vowing on behalf of the government that the culprits will get their just desserts.

Former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi termed the incident

“Really, we are at a loss of words to say anything, because this is such a barbaric, such an [inhuman] and such a cruel act that no one can support it, no one can justify it,” said Kazmi, addressing the media in English.

“So we are here to say that we are all feeling very [ashamed] and we express our heartfelt sorrow and very deep feelings for that and truly, we demand the Pakistani government for compensation,” he added.

Kazmi noted that Priyantha had “served Pakistan” and said that not only the country’s religious scholars but people from all walks of life have condemned the brutal act.

He said Sri Lankan High Commissioner Mohan Vijay Vikrama has conveyed to them that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are “close friends” and that the act “would not create any differences between the two countries”.

Prof Sajid Mir, chief of Jamiat Ahle Hadith, said that the incident “is not an expression of Islamic teachings and is not an extension of the feelings and sentiments of the Pakistani people”.

“It is against both of them. It’s a cruel act, it’s an act which should be condemned at all levels and we have not only condemned it but have expressed our solidarity and our sympathy of the family of the deceased and for  the Sri Lankan people and the Sri Lankan government.

“I support the demand that they should be amply compensated, as far as possible,” he said.

Milli Yakjehti Council President Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair reminded the nation that “the Holy Quran states that whosoever kills one man without any reason, it is as if he has murdered all of mankind”.

He said that it is not a small matter for one to level false allegations, without any investigation or verification, and then commit murder.

“The Quran condemns such acts. And since we are followers of Islam, we strongly condemn this act, we express our sympathy with the family of the deceased.

We wish for the world to know that such acts have nothing to do with Islam. Islam teaches peace and tolerance. Such incidents have no association with Islam and Pakistan’s Constitution does not permit them either,” he said.

More to follow.

Source: The News

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