GM of textile factory loses life to enraged mob following blasphemy allegations

Picture source - Social media

The general manager at a factory in Sialkot lost his life to mob violence following allegations of blasphemy.

The victim, a foreign national, was beaten by a charged mob and burnt at a factory in Sialkot after he allegedly committed blasphemy.

According to Sialkot District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik, the deceased was identified as Priyantha Diyawadana, a general manager at a textile factory in Sialkot.

According to social media posts, Diyawadana drew the anger of a charged mob after he tore a poster, which contained sacred names.

Some social media users, citing the factory workers, said the deceased was unaware of the fact that tearing the poster could be sacrilegious.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan, and allegations often follow people falling victim to mob violence.

Last week, a police station in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), was set on fire by an enraged mob which was demanding that authorities hand over a man arrested for alleged blasphemy.

KP Law Minister Fazal Shakoor Khan had informed media that the police had arrested a man for allegedly committing blasphemy, and that he had been shifted to a police station in the Tangi Tehsil of Charsadda.

Following this, an angry mob descended upon the police station and demanded that the suspect be handed over to them. As the police refused, the mob proceeded to set the station and vehicles parked there on fire.