Pakistani clerics condemn Diyawadana murder
Pakistani clerics from various schools of thought today (07) unanimously condemned the brutal lynching of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana in Sialkot.
They called it "un-islamic" and "extrajudicial" as they demanded that strict legal action be taken against those responsible.
"It was an inhumane act, and to accuse someone of blasphemy without proof is not in accordance with the Shariah," said Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Dr Qibla Ayaz.
He read out a joint statement from ulema following their meeting with Sri Lankan High Commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama in Islamabad.
He said all scholars from a variety of sects had gathered to express condolence and solidarity on the horrific incident.
"This tragedy caused anger worldwide as the mob brutally killed a man and later burned his body."
Dr Ayaz termed the incident against the teaching of the Holy Quran, the Constitution as well as the laws of Pakistan.
"The act of some people brought shame to the people of Pakistan," he said.
"The strictest possible legal action must be taken against these miscreants," he said.
He said there was no place for extremism and violence in Islam, and urged scholars to play their due role in uprooting the menace.