Pakistani Ulema from across all the major sects of Islam, in a press conference on Tuesday, condemned the lynching of the Sri Lankan national in Sialkot last week. “The act is against the expression of Islam,” said leading scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani.

At a press conference Today, Mufti Taqi Usmani called the lynching “inhumane” and “against the teachings on Islam”. He extended his condolences towards the grieving family and urged the government to provide compensation to them.

The press conference was held at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad and the High Commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama was also present.

Mufti Usmani, addressing the Sri Lankan high commissioner, said, “Ulema from all sects in the country are present here and all of us condemn the incident that took place in Sialkot. We believe that all the people involved in the lynching, who killed the Sri Lankan national in the most barbaric way, should be punished.”

Other scholars present at the conference included Qari Hafeez Jalandhary, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Hamid Raza, Allama Arif Hussain Wahidi, Muhammad Zubair, Senator Sajid Mir, and Islamic Ideology Council Chairperson Qibla Ayaz