Church leaders say grieved by Sri Lankan national’s lynching, demand justice


The Pakistani church management has strongly condemned the lynching and burning of the physique of a Sri Lankan Christian by a frenzied mob in Sialkot on Saturday.

In a joint assertion, Church of Pakistan Moderator/President Bishop Dr Azad Marshall and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw stated the grotesque killing of Priyantha Kumara, who was working in a sports activities clothes manufacturing manufacturing unit as a basic supervisor for the final 10 years, on blasphemy allegations had shocked and pained all the nation. 

“Mr Kumara’s chilly blooded homicide has left us all grieving. Ours hearts and prayers exit to his household and to the Sri Lankan folks on this nice tragedy. As Pakistanis, our heads hold in disgrace!” they stated.

Bishop Marshall stated that public outcry over the Sialkot and Charsadda incidents confirmed that a large majority of Pakistani residents had been against rising extremism and intolerance in society and needed to see the State fulfill its accountability of guaranteeing safety and justice to all these residing within the nation.

“We admire the condemnatory messages of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Military Workers Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa and their guarantees to carry to justice all these concerned on this barbaric incident. 

“We imagine that the State will administer justice to Mr Kumara’s household and to the Sri Lankan folks, however we hope that our management has now additionally realized the necessity for introspection of its personal insurance policies on curbing extremism. 

“This incident has intensified the concern of spiritual vigilantism. We’re all very involved in regards to the deteriorating scenario and are trying as much as the State and authorities authorities to give you a concrete resolution to this recurring drawback,” he stated.

Bishop Marshall stated that the federal government should carry a powerful deterrent towards the misuse of the blasphemy allegations.

“Superior courts in addition to the Council of Islamic Ideology have really useful the federal government, on totally different situations, to behave towards false accusations of blasphemy but it surely has not acted but. Although the federal government itself admits {that a} majority of blasphemy circumstances come up from private grudges and disputes, but we fail to grasp why it isn’t doing something to cease this merciless tradition,” he stated.

Bishop Marshall advised the formation of particular courts and a particular job power comprising officers from the military, intelligence businesses and police officers to research blasphemy allegations earlier than the registration of a case.

“The problem has gone past the management of the native police. It can’t maintain strain in blasphemy circumstances. If the duty power comprising military officers finds the allegations false and clears the accused, I don’t suppose any spiritual celebration or group could have any objection to that. Equally, any individual discovered responsible of the cost needs to be proceeded towards in line with the regulation. That is one potential deterrent towards the blatant misuse of the legal guidelines and mob violence,” he stated. 

In his remarks, Archbishop Shaw echoed Bishop Marshall’s demand for justice for the sufferer.

“All these chargeable for killing Mr Kumara needs to be arrested, tried and punished. The federal government ought to make this case an instance for all those that take the regulation into their very own arms,” he stated.

Bishop Shaw stated that no faith preaches intolerance and extremism. “We demand the federal government to take motion towards these perpetrating hate in society and make sure the safety of all residents from such components,” he added.