Efforts on to bring home Diyawadana’s remains

TPL | Published: 12:49 PM Dec 4 2021
Local Efforts on to bring home Diyawadana’s remains

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is working with all parties concerned to bring home the remains of slain Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana from Pakistan.

In a series of tweets, the ministry said it was awaiting results of further investigations as the Sri Lanka high commission in Islamabad is in the process of verifying the details of the incident from the authorities.

It expects that the Pakistani authorities will take required action to investigate and ensure justice.

Diyawadana, who was in his 40s, was lynched and his body burnt by angry supporters of a hardline Islamist party which attacked Rajco Industries garment factory in Punjab province over blasphemy allegations.

Hailing from Kandy and coming from a poor background, he had graduated from the University of Peradeniya.

Deeply concerned by the incident, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka trusts that PM Khan and the government of Pakistan will ensure justice is served and ensure the safety of the remaining Sri Lankan workers in Pakistan.

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa has condoled with Diyawadana's wife and family, saying that Sri Lanka and her people are confident that Pakistan PM Imran Khan will keep to his commitment to bring all those involved to justice.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International says it is deeply alarmed by the disturbing lynching and killing of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot, allegedly due to a blasphemy accusation.

Authorities must immediately conduct an independent, impartial and prompt investigation and hold the perpetrators accountable,” AI said.

“Today’s event underscores the urgency with which an environment that enables abuse and puts lives at risk must be rectified,” it said in a series of tweets yesterday (03).

TPL | Published: 12:49 PM Dec 4 2021

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