A group of rights activists in Karachi held a demonstration to protest against the shameful Sialkot incident, in which a Sri Lankan factory manager was lynched and his body was burnt on flimsy allegations of committing religious sacrilege.
They demanded the state to play its role in ending vigilante justice, foreign news reports said.
The Joint Action Committee, an alliance of rights groups in Karachi, held the protest outside the Karachi Press Club. A large number of members of various rights, civil society, minority and labour groups participated in the demonstration. They also carried placards condemning the lynching and religious extremism.
The Aurat Foundation’s Mahnaz Rehman, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Uzma Noorani, Pastor Ghazala Shafiq, the Urban Resource Centre’s Zahid Farooq, the National Trade Union Federation’s Nasir Mansoor and noted women’s rights activist Anis Haroon were prominent among the protesters.
Meanwhile in Lahore too members of civil society, teachers, students and journalists protested against mob lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot.