Hundreds of religious extremists in Pakistan brutally murdered a Sri Lankan national, Priyantha Kumara who was accused of blasphemy. The horrific incident resulted in protests across both countries, calling to curb the violence in the name of religion. Latest reports also revealed that few of deceased’s colleagues, one of the whom was Malik Adnan tired saving him from the mob of factory workers. However, the bloodlust of fanatics eventually overpowered the common sense.
Kumara, 49 was a factory manager at Rajco Industries, who allegedly tore and threw away posters from wall, on which religious verses were reportedly written. However, according to Malik Adnan, there was some cleaning procedure going on in the factory so, removing posters was a requirement.
Malik Adnan Tries to Stop the Mob from Lynching Sri Lankan in Pakistan
The government of Pakistan has announced to honor Malik Adnan with Tamgha e Shujaat for his courage in facing a violent group. To stand in face of a violent group to protect the victim. Malik reportedly first tried to talk them out of killing Kumara and then also intervened physically when they were dragging him and beating him to death before setting his corpse on fire and taking selfies with it.
The Pakistani government said that around 100 culprits have been arrested. The FIR (First Information Report) has been registered against at least 900 factory workers. Reportedly, the suspects were hiding at the houses of their friends and relatives. Police have been reportedly using CCTV footage and cellular data to trace them.
Not a Solution
The scale of the incident has shocked both nations so much that the “savior” story is not much effective. There are protests, vigils, and murals being held in the memory of Kumara in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Tokenising one exception Malik Adnan doesn’t make sense when the majority is misguided. Activists and journalists have been debating on the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Many argued that if the state wants a clear resolution of the problem, it will have to revoke the draconian laws.
British colonial leaders enacted blasphemy laws which are the main part of Pakistan’s penal code to date. Human rights groups have opposed such laws because they have been exploited for persecuting minority religions and exacting personal revenge against other Muslims too. There have been no judicial executions under these laws and the accused have mostly become targets of lynch mobs in Pakistan. According to reports, more than 2,600 Shia Muslims have been killed by a street mob in the name of blasphemy since 2001. Kumara’s killing has sparked the debate on a much higher level than before.
Not to Stray from the Matter at Hand
Where a reward for Malik Adnan was considered a good gesture, it also faced criticism because it seemed like a distraction strategy. The fact that backlash on lynching got stronger by the day, critics argue that the government may have decided to award the medal to create a diversion from its failure in terms of maintaining peace and security for everyone in the country. Activist Jibran Nasir said that the government also has to display the same amount of courage and integrity against the extremists as its civilian did.