Foreign Minister Prof. GL Peiris today engaged in discussions with the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo Tanvir Ahmad over matters relating to financial security, and compensation for the family of the late Priyantha Kumara who was killed by a mob in Sialkot, Pakistan last week.
While highlighting the long-standing friendship and trust between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Minister expressed confidence that the Pakistan government will take required steps to ensure justice is served.
The Foreign Minister also appreciated the intervention of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who has taken personal charge of this investigation and taken steps to investigate the incident.
He also welcomed the announcement of the donation of USD 100,000 by the business community in Sialkot and the payment of the monthly salary of Priyantha Kumara to his family.
Minister Peiris highlighted the fact that the government is concerned of the future of the two children of Priyantha Kumara and the importance of receiving payments on time. He requested the Pakistan envoy to arrange a mechanism to ensure that the salary will be received by the family monthly without any disruption. The Acting High Commissioner assured that the Pakistan government has taken necessary steps to carry out a complete investigation and ensure compensation for the family. He added law enforcement agencies in Pakistan are working to ensure the safety of all other Sri Lankans in Pakistan.