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Lynching of foreigner threatens economic recovery in Pakistan

Sri Lankan factory manager was accused of blasphemy by a mob

Airport staffers carry the arriving remains of Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan slain by a mob in Pakistan's Punjab Province on Dec. 3, at Bandaranaike International Airport on Dec. 6.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- The lynching of a Sri Lankan factory manager has threatened economic recovery in Pakistan.

Priyantha Kumara, 49, manager of Rajco Industries, was killed on Friday by an angry mob of hundreds of people, including factory workers, on allegations of blasphemy. So far, police have arrested 131 people involved in the lynching in Sialkot and booked hundreds of people for facilitating the murder.

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