Pakistan is still reeling from the mob killing of a Sri Lankan national over blasphemy allegations. One man from the Sialkot incident is anchoring our hope for humanity. A factory staff member Malik Adnan was perhaps the only man trying to stop the mob as the rest of them attacked the manager.
A video of Malik Adnan trying to protect his colleague from the mob is making rounds on social media. In the video, he can be seen endangering his own life by physically shielding the victim.
— Malik Ali Raza (@MalikAliiRaza) December 6, 2021
The public is in awe of this man’s heroism in the face of the mob.
— Seeme Q Raja 🇵🇰 (@IamSeemeGRaja) December 4, 2021
Especially how he tried to reason with the mob and pleaded with them to let the victim go.
Malik Adnan, the lone warrior who did everything he could do to save the life of Sri Lankan manager. He even begged them to not kill Priyantha Kumara.
— OSINT Insider (@OSINT_Insider) December 4, 2021
Netizens are lauding the man for upholding the values of Islam and respecting the law and Constitution while others pummeled it.
Malik Adnan is true Ishq-e Rasūl
In our religion we all have love for our prophet But these followers of Abu jahal who did this are not lovers of prophet they are lovers of Abu jahal with hearts full of hypocrisy and hate.#Sialkot https://t.co/uq4lR2x3cN
— Narjis Niaz (@TheNarjisNiaz) December 6, 2021
People pointed out how we need more selfless people like this man instead of religious zealots.
This man Malik Adnan, the unsung hero of Sialkot incident, and the lone warrior who came forward, and did everything he could to save Sri Lankan manager Priyantha kumara's life. This is what you call humanity. This nation needs people like Malik Adnan not Mumtaz qadri. pic.twitter.com/CXHg4XJAyn
— Sir Saith Abdullah (@SaithAbdullah99) December 5, 2021
Malik Adnan is being dubbed a national hero.
Be a "Malik Adnan" in a mob of crazy hounds! This is the true face of my Pakistan not all these low-lifes.
— hassan ch 🇵🇰 (@Real_hassanch) December 5, 2021
Everyone seems to be in agreement as even Prime Minister Imran Khan is lauding Malik Adnan for his efforts to try and save Priyantha Diyawadana. The premier even announced to honor Malik Adnan with the Tamgha-i-Shujaat — the second-highest civil award for bravery bestowed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On behalf of the nation I want to salute moral courage & bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter & save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot incl endangering his own life by physically trying to shield victim. We will award him Tamgha i Shujaat
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 5, 2021
Update on Sialkot Incident Investigation
On the investigative front, some 100 people have been arrested in relation to the Sialkot incident. According to Samaa News, the police formed 10 teams to identify and arrest the people involved in the lynching of the Sri Lankan national.
A spokesperson of the Punjab government, Hasaan Khawar revealed to the journalists that over 100 arrests have been made so far in connection with the mob lynching, some of whom were identified through CCTV footages.
PM Imran Khan had asserted that all those involved would be arrested in his statement condemning the mob violence.