Top religious scholars condemn mob lynching of Sri Lankan national in Sialkot

07:01 PM | 4 Dec, 2021
Top religious scholars condemn mob lynching of Sri Lankan national in Sialkot

LAHORE – The brutal lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, a city in the eastern Punjab province, has drawn a wide condemnation from all segments of society.

Top religious scholars of the country have expressed anger over the vigilant attack against the foreign national, identified as Priyantha Kumara, who was killed by a fuming mob over alleged blasphemy and later his body was set on fire.

Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi,  condemned the violent event and said that those involved in this barbaric act had brought shame to Islam and Pakistan. He said that Islam preached peace and rejected violence.

Further, he said that ulema will soon hold a press conference to condemn this incident and also visit the Sri Lankan embassy in Pakistan to express condolence.

Noted Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani, who has also served as a judge of country ‘s top Islamic court, said that the Sialkot incident has “disgraced” Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah.

“Blasphemy is an extremely heinous crime; but it requires equally strong evidence to prove it Taking it upon oneself to lay accusation and mete out punishment in a barbaric and Haram way has no justification at all. The #Sialkotincident has disgraced this country and Muslim Ummahm,” he wrote on Twitter.

Dr Tahirul Qadri in a statement termed it a painful incident, adding that it has damaged the peaceful teachings of Islam and the identity of Pakistan.

In Islam, no one is allowed to take the law in his hand, he said and urged the government to take measures to counter fanaticism in the country.

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