ISLAMABAD, Dec 04, (Asia Free Press): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot and the immolation of Sri Lankan manager “as a day of shame for Pakistan”, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
In a tweet, Khan said that “he is overseeing the investigations and those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law “.
“The arrests were already in progress”, PM added in his tweet.
He was referring to the incident that took place in the jurisdiction of Hoogu Police Station, Sialkot district, in which a Sri Lankan, namely Paryantha Kumara, who was General Manager at Rajco Factory near Nol Mor on Wazirabad Road, was tortured to death by factory workers and later burn his body by claiming that he was accused of blasphemy.
Over 100 people had been arrested so far, including the main accused, Farhan Idris, for inciting violence, and the raids were being made to arrest more people, according to Punjab police.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab (SACM) for Information and Spokesperson Mr Hasaan Khawar told a news conference that CCTV footage was also being used to arrest more involved people while identifying more culprits was underway with the help of the National Database Registration Authority ( NADRA).
Hasaan Khawar told the media that Regional Police Officer (RPO) Gujranwala Division Imran Ahmar and the Commissioner were also present on the spot to probe the incident.
The IGP also directed the officers concerned to present a report within 48 hours, while the Chief Minister is also in coordination with the police and District Administration of Sialkot, media reported.