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Grateful to Pakistan for speedy action in supporting Kumara’s family - Minister

Nilushi Dissanayake, wife of the late Priyantha Kumara receives a gift from Pakistan High Commissioner in Colombo Major General (R) Umar Farooq Burki .Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and  Youth and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa were present.
Nilushi Dissanayake, wife of the late Priyantha Kumara receives a gift from Pakistan High Commissioner in Colombo Major General (R) Umar Farooq Burki .Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Youth and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa were present.

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Namal Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka is grateful to Pakistan for having taken speedy steps to bring those responsible to justice and supporting the bereaved family of the late Priyantha Kumara who died in a mob attack in Pakistan.

Rajapaksa made these comments in his Twitter following his attendance at the Condolence Meeting hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo on Thursday (20). He also thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the High Commissioner in Colombo Maj Gen (R) Umar Farooq Burki for conducting a condolence ceremony and financially supporting the family.

Nilushi Dissanayake, wife of the late Priyantha Kumara called for justice to her husband and punish those culprits who were responsible for the murder of her husband.

The condolence meeting was arranged by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.

Dissanayake appealed to Premier Imran Khan to bring justice to her husband and punish the culprits as soon as possible. “This is not to take revenge. But this should not happen to anyone in future,” she stressed. She said that she he taught her two sons not to hate people who killed their father, but to be kind to them according to the teachings of the Buddha.

“I thank all the Pakistanis who supported me in this difficult situation and all staff of the high commission for arranging this event. Also, I would like to thank Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister, other ministers and Media institutions for supporting me,” she said.

The High Commissioner recalled that earlier Pakistan premier Imran Khan had announced that the business community of Sialkot promised to collect US$100,000 for the family of the deceased. “The assistance from Sialkot business and trade community has already been delivered to the account of Nilushi Dissanayaka, widow of Priyantha Kumara. She has also received the first salary cheque in her bank account which has been promised for 10 years by Rajco Industries where late Priyantha was employed,” the envoy said. He said expatriate Pakistanis living in Canada have already sent Rs.2.8 million to the family. Apart from that Pakistanis living in the USA have also collected around US$ 40,000 which will be soon transferred to Priyantha’s family. High Commissioner-designate of Pakistan Major General (R) Umar Farooq Burki said the condolence meeting was arranged to commemorate late Priyantha Kumara. “Each and every person in Pakistan from the Prime Minister Imran Khan to a common man on the street was aggrieved and strongly condemned this inhumane act,” he stressed . 


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