ISLAMABAD: Condemning the lynching of Sri Lankan plant manager Nanadasi Priyanth Kumara in Sialkot, the National Human Rights Commission (NCHR) on Saturday demanded a swift and impartial investigation into the incident.
âWe in the committee are deeply disturbed by the brutal mob violence and the blatant violation of human rights, especially against a guest in our country. It is unfortunate that the commission is releasing its very first introductory statement on such a horrific incident that rocked the entire nation. We believe that no civilized country can authorize such an act, and the state should take the strictest possible measures to ensure swift justice, âsaid the statutory body.
âIn this time of mourning, the NCHR wishes to ensure that the commission stands alongside the aggrieved family of Nanadasi Priyanth Kumara and demands an impartial, thorough and swift investigation into the incident, the late police response and the lack of security. “
The NCHR said it was following the progress of the investigation into the case with all relevant departments. In a letter written to Punjabi Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the NCHR called for a high-level investigative committee and exemplary punishment for the perpetrators to prevent such an incident from happening again in the future.
The committee also called for strategic measures to counter growing extremism and the systemic rise in crowd violence and urged religious leaders and academics, social activists, community leaders and political parties to play their part. in the fight against any kind of extremism in society.
NCHR President Rabiya Javeri Agha said, âAt first my thoughts are with the family of Nanadasi Priyanth Kumara. In your worst nightmare, you can’t imagine what it must be like to see the person you love tortured, raped and killed in the most inhumane way possible.
She said the Sialkot incident should be a wake-up call to reassess the direction Pakistani youth are heading.
âThis is not about religion, but about the growth of violent extremism, lawlessness and ignorance. We have stifled the soft power of art, music and culture. Social and cultural norms that celebrate power and conflict resolution through violence will be unleashed through child abuse, gender-based violence and mob madness like this, âshe said.
The NCHR is a statutory body established to monitor, raise awareness and protect the universal value of human rights, promote a humanitarian culture and combat human rights violations without discrimination.
Posted in Dawn, le 5 December 2021