Pakistan: 6 sentenced to death for the murder of a Sri Lankan citizen in Pakistan, 7 to life imprisonment… Court sent 67 people to jail

Pakistan: 6 sentenced to death for the murder of a Sri Lankan citizen in Pakistan, 7 to life imprisonment... Court sent 67 people to jail
Islamabad : Six people have been sentenced to death in Pakistan for the beating and burning of a Sri Lankan national by a mob. An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Monday sentenced six persons to death and seven others to life in prison for lynching a Sri Lankan national over alleged blasphemy. The Anti-Terrorism Court, Lahore also sentenced the remaining 67 other suspects to two years each.

Judge Natasha Naseem, who conducted the hearing on a day-to-day basis inside the high-security Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, delivered the verdict in the presence of suspects. The judge, however, did not pronounce judgment on the nine juvenile suspects against whom the trial is yet to be completed. A mob of over 800 people, including supporters of the radical Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), attacked a garment factory in Sialkot, about 100 km from the provincial capital Lahore.
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The mob had murdered on the charge of blasphemy
The mob had allegedly thrashed the factory’s 47-year-old general manager Priyantha Kumara on charges of blasphemy and burnt her body. The incident sparked widespread outrage and condemnation from politicians, scholars and members of civil society across Pakistan. Along with this, there was a demand for speedy punishment to the criminals.

Police had arrested many suspects
Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court had on March 12 charged 89 people in this case. According to the challan filed by the police, 80 of the accused were adults and nine were minors. Several suspects were arrested in this case. The incident was strongly condemned across Pakistan and there was a demand for the perpetrators to be punished at the earliest.

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