The entire nation is mourning the brutal killing of the Sri Lankan manager of the factory by an angry mob including employees of a factory in Sialkot. Representative personalities from all walks of life, including scholars of different schools of thought, have strongly condemned the tragic incident and said that our religion does not allow any person or group to take over the law. If anyone has committed a crime, only the legal courts have the power to punish him. The government has initiated action to bring the accused in the incident to the role of kefir and so far 131 persons have been arrested and handed over.
The country's political and military leadership, which met on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the overall security situation in the country, expressed deep concern over the incident and said that no mob can be allowed to take the law into their own hands. Prime Minister Imran Khan rightly said in the meeting that the tragedy has bowed down to the entire nation's shame on Sialkot. It was decided in the meeting that a comprehensive strategy would be put in place to prevent such incidents in the future.
In the same context, it was also decided to re-examine the National Action Plan which was designed to address such incidents and according to reports, 9 out of 20 points could not be implemented even after 7 years. Home Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed met the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan to express his condolences and said, "We share your grief equally. Sri Lanka is one of the countries that has always had cordial friendly relations with Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan High Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the response of the Government and people of Pakistan and said that the incident would not affect the free Sri Lanka relations. It is a commendable compliment that the meeting of the political and military leadership, which was also attended by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has decided to formulate a comprehensive strategy to prevent such incidents in the future.
There is already a strategy called national action plan in the country which, apart from improving it, should also be seen as to why it has not been fully implemented. Discourage Intolerance in the name of religion and adherence to constitutional rights on the basis of religious tolerance and equality for minorities is the duty of the state. Pakistan has emerged from a long war of terrorism.
The 2014 Peshawar tragedy is still fresh in the minds of the people, in which children and teachers of the Army Public School were subjected to terrorism. After the tragic incident, the political and military leadership approved the National Action Plan, which was aimed at combating extremist acts. It did not appear to be fully processed. It is better to consider the factors that have made the implementation of the National Action Plan incomplete while assessing the overall security situation in the country and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will ensure prevention through effective measures to encourage and punish all forms of extremism.
In the Sialkot incident, a young male countryman Adnan has been declared a medal of bravery for his courage in saving the Sri Lankan national. This initiative will encourage people not to be silent spectators on such occasions, but to move forward to stop evil and perform their indispensable moral duty.
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