Imran Khan and Adnan Malik.
Prime Minister Imran Khan saluted the moral courage and bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter and save the 49-year-old Sri Lankan manager, Priyantha Diyawadana, from the vigilante mob in Sialkot, endangering his own life by physically trying to shield the victim.
Imran has announced that the Tamgha-i-Shujaat (Medal of Bravery) will be conferred on Malik Adnan, who had tried to save the Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot on Friday.
The heartening footage of Malik Adnan saving the Sri Lankan national from the wild-eyed, rabid mob came to the fore on Saturday, earning praise from the entire nation.
A Pakistani industrialist pays tribute beside a photograph of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot.
In a tweet on social media platform on Sunday, Imran said, "On behalf of the nation I want to salute moral courage & bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter & save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot, endangering his own life by physically trying to shield victim. We will award him Tamgha i Shujaat.”
In videos of the incident shared on social media, Adnan was seen confronting a group of angry men and attempting to save Priyantha Kumara, but in vain.
Some among the mob could be heard chanting slogans and saying "he (Kumara) will not escape today," while Adnan tried to shield the manager with his body who clung to the man's legs.
The workers later overpowered Adnan and dragged the Sri Lankan out on the road and tortured him with kicks, stones and iron rods, killing him on the spot. The mob had then set the body on fire.
Videos shared on social media showed hundreds of men and young boys gathered at the site, with groups of them chanting slogans.
The striking clip has also gone viral on social media, drawing numerous reactions on Twitter, with many posts calling the man a hero.
On Saturday, Imran spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convey the nation's "anger and shame" to the vigilante killing of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot.
"Spoke to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today in UAE to convey our nation's anger & shame to people of Sri Lanka at vigilante killing of Priyantha Diyawadana in Sialkot," the premier wrote on Twitter.
MORE SUSPECTS ARRESTED OVER SIALKOT LYNCHING
The First Information Report of the incident was registered against 900 workers of Rajco Industries on the application of Uggoki Station House Officer Armaghan Maqt under Sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
In the latest development, the Punjab police identified and arrested six more of the main alleged culprits involved in Kumara's lynching.
Over the past two days, police have arrested scores of suspects, including six more primary suspects who were traced using CCTV footage and mobile phone data. "The suspects were hiding at the homes of their friends and relatives," a police statement said.
Imran Khan made the announcement in a televised address to the nation, alleging that some lawmakers from his ruling Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party had been bribed by the opposition to vote for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the Senate elections on Wednesday.
Gilani, fielded by the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) secured 169 votes while Hafeez Sheikh could manage 164 ballots. Seven votes were declared invalid and were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
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The media said that the lioness was fleeing from its owner in a street in Mosul, running amok in broad daylight among the vehicles.
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Speaking during a visit to Bangladesh, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country's actions were "legitimate, reasonable, in accordance with the law," and aimed at protecting China's "sacred sovereignty."