Colombo, December 6 (newsin.asia): The human remains of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last week, were repatriated to Sri Lanka from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Monday.
A mob comprising hundreds of protestors, including the employees of the factory Kumara was the manager of, had tortured him to death on Friday and later burnt his body over blasphemy allegations.
The body of the 49 year old Priyantha Kumara was sent off with state protocol on the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar. Provincial Minister Ejaz Alam, SAPM Molana Tahir Ashrafi, Sri Lankan Hon. Council Gen. Mr. Yaseen Joyia, representatives from the Punjab Home Department and the Sri Lankan High Commissiner in Pakistan Adm. Mohan Wijewickramawere was also present.
Speaking to Geo TV High Commissioner Adm.Mohan Wijewickrama said that the hat the Sialkot lynching will have no impact on the two countries’ amicable relations.
“Pakistan and Sri Lanka are friends and will remain friends. I assure you that this incident will not affect our relations,” said the Sri Lankan high commissioner.
During a press conference on Monday, Sri Lanka’s high commissioner praised the Pakistani government’s support and thanked the Pakistani people for their sympathies and condolences, stating that the incident was unfortunate.
Lauding the steps taken by the government of Pakistan, Adm.Wijewickrama said that a large number of people have been arrested since Friday, when the incident took place in Sialkot.
“I am sure that the government of Pakistan will take steps to ensure that the family of Priyantha Kumara gets justice. This is a murder. The Sri Lankan government is sure that it [the incident] has nothing to do with Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We have seen that Pakistan has taken immediate action, ” he added.
“We don’t need to claim we’re friends; Pakistan and Sri Lanka have social, defense, and commerce ties, and this incident will not impact the existing relationship,” he said.