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The news of the man being burnt alive in Sialkot took the social media by storm. The Sri Lankan factory manager in Pakistan was beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob. The police confirmed, local media reported, that the incident was linked to alleged blasphemy.

The incident took place in Sialkot, about 200km (125 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad, on Friday. Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was overseeing the investigation into “the horrific vigilante attack.” He also called it “a day of shame for Pakistan”.

“Let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law,” he tweeted.

Many in the mob made no attempt to hide their identity and some took selfies in front of the burning corpse. Punjab government spokesman Hassaan Khawar told reporters in Lahore that police have already arrested 50 people.

“CCTV footage is under examination as we are planning to complete the inquiry within 48 hours,” he said.

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Twitter Trends 

As the netizens shared their views about the horrific news, a twitter trend As a Pakistani started appearing on social media. Pakistani’s shared their thoughts and condolences to the families of the victim. Meanwhile, asking the Sri Lankans for forgiveness.

“I am so ashamed as a Pakistani over the Sialkot incident. Sri Lankans have been so generous that they took the bullets on their cricket team and yet stood by us in reviving cricket here. We need to sort out this extremism. Enough is enough.” One user wrote.

“What happened today in Sialkot is speechless and shameful. As a Pakistani we [are] holding our heads in shame,” Another user wrote.

“As a Pakistani, I am deeply embarrassed and shamefaced for your loss, Srilanka. We don’t have words to express our feelings of being shamful. Please forgive us.”

Take a look at the tweets with the trending hashtag.

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