Pakistan to honour citizen who tried to save Sri Lankan man from Sialkot mob

08:35 PM | 5 Dec, 2021
Pakistan to honour citizen who tried to save Sri Lankan man from Sialkot mob

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday paid a tribute to the man who risked his own life to save the Sri Lankan man, who was lynched by the mob in Sialkot on Friday on charges of blasphemy, and announced a bravery award for him.

"On behalf of the nation, I want to salute moral courage & bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter & save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot, endangering his own life by physically trying to shield victim," Khan wrote on Twitter.

Malik Adnan will be awarded the Tamgha i Shujaat – the second-highest civil award for bravery – by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the PM announced.

In a footage of Friday's gruesome attack, the man -- clad in a red sweater -- could be seen trying to convince the charged mob not to harm Priyantha and hand him over to the police.   

In another video, he is seen attempting to save the foreigner by forming a protective shield over him and later his body, before the enraged mob burnt his body.

The remains of Diyawadanage Don Nandasiri Priyantha Kumara, who was an exports manager at the Rajco Industries, will be ferried to Colombo by Sri Lankan Airlines.

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