- The Pakistani army has said that incidents like the killing of a Sri Lankan civilian will not be ‘tolerated’
- He also underlined the need to eliminate forms of terrorism and radicalization from the country.
- A Sri Lankan national was thrashed to death by supporters of the Islamist Party, a textile factory official
The top leadership of the Pakistani military said on Wednesday that incidents such as the lynching of a Sri Lankan national last week by a mob would be “zero tolerated”. He also underlined the need to eliminate forms of terrorism and radicalization from the country. In Pakistan’s Punjab province, supporters of the Radical Islamist Party thrashed Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara Diyavadana (49), a textile factory official, and burnt her body.
Party supporters had attacked the factory. The incident was widely condemned by Sri Lankan and Pakistani leaders. Pakistani authorities have booked over 800 people under the Anti-Terrorism Act and arrested 118 people, including 13 main accused, in connection with the incident. “Keeping in mind the heinous murder incident in Sialkot, the Manch categorically promises zero tolerance to such elements so that extremism and terrorism can be eradicated from the country,” the army said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over the 245th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. “Participants reviewed the global, regional and domestic security situation,” the Pakistan Army’s media arm Inter-Services Press Relations said in a statement. Referring to the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, General Bajwa said that sustained assistance and timely international humanitarian assistance is essential not only for Afghanistan’s peace and prosperity but also for the stability of the region.