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Pakistani YouTuber jailed for justifying Sri Lankan’s lynching

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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to one year imprisonment and imposed a fine for justifying the lynching of a Sri Lankan citizen in a video, which went viral on his YouTube channel. On December 3 last year, a mob of over 800 men, including supporters of hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), attacked a garment factory in Sialkot and lynched its general manager Priyantha Kumara, 47, and burned his body over allegations of blasphemy.

According to police, Muhammad Adnan of Sialkot had uploaded a video on his YouTube channel on the lynching incident in which he justified Kumara’s killing and burning of his body.

“Adnan had advocated the killing of those committing blasphemy. On his YouTube channel, he made arguments in favour of the killing of Kumara. As the video went viral on social media, police lodged an FIR against him and presented a charge sheet against him in Gujranwala anti-terrorism court (ATC),” said Assistant Sub-Inspector Mubarak Ali, who is also a complainant of the case. (The Hindu) 

Monday, January 24, 2022 – 01:01

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