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Sialkot lynching: Imran dials Lankan Prez, assures justice

Colombo, December 5

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has assured Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that there will be no mercy to the mob which lynched Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana over allegations of blasphemy, the President’s office here said on Sunday.

Khan telephoned Rajapaksa and said 113 persons have been arrested so far, it said.

He informed Rajapaksa that Diyawadana, who had served in Pakistan for a long time, had shown a high level of professionalism as a manager. On Friday, angry supporters of the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik attacked a garment factory in Sialkot and lynched its general manager Diyawadana, who was in his 40s, before setting his body on fire over allegations of blasphemy. Khan on Sunday announced that a medal of bravery would be conferred on a man who tried to save Diyawadana. — PTI

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