Sri Lankan lynching: Five-member prosecutors’ body to pursue case in LHC

By: News Desk
Published: 10:05 PM, 25 Apr, 2022
Sri Lankan lynching: Five-member prosecutors’ body to pursue case in LHC
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A five-member committee of prosecutors will follow the Priyantha Kamara case in the Lahore High Court (LHC), 24NewsHD TV channel reported Monday.

According to a notification, the body consists of Additional Prosecutor General Khurram Khan, Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Wattoo,  Deputy Prosecutor General Ismatullah Khan, Deputy Prosecutor General Asghar Ali and Deputy Prosecutor General Rai Akhtar Hussain.

Last week, a court sentenced six men to death and dozens more to jail terms ranging from two years to life for the brutal mob slaying of a Sri Lankan factory manager accused of blasphemy. 

One of the condemned persons, Hafiz Muhammad Taimoor, approached the high court through his counsel Hafiz Israrul Haq challenging the court sentencing.

The vigilante attack in Sialkot caused outrage, with then prime minister Imran Khan calling it a day of shame for Pakistan.

The formation of the body is aimed at providing the victim's family with justice at the earliest.

Several gruesome video clips shared on social media showed a mob beating the prone victim while chanting slogans against blasphemy.

Other clips showed the Sri Lankan’s body set ablaze. Rights groups say accusations of blasphemy can often be wielded to settle personal vendettas, with minorities largely the target.

In April 2017 an angry mob lynched university student Mashal Khan when he was accused of posting blasphemous content online.

A Christian couple was lynched and their remains burnt in a kiln in Punjab in 2014 after being falsely accused of desecration.