Former Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga has written a letter to Pakistan’s Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan. He wrote the letter in response to the mass beating to death of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot, Pakistan, for allegedly insulting religion. This information has been known from the report of Geo News.
In the letter, Ranatunga expressed hope that Imran would teach a few stray Pakistanis to respect each other. They look at all people with the same respect and dignity.
The most recent killings took place in Sialkot, an industrial city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Priyantha Diawadna is the name of the person who was beaten by a violent mob. Rumor has it that Priyantha tore down a poster with religious message and threw it in the dustbin. And the people got excited and attacked him. The Sri Lankan national had been managing the industrial engineering firm Rajko Industries for seven years. Imran Khan condemned the incident, saying it was a day of shame for Pakistan.
Once upon a time, Arjuna Ranatunga and Imran Khan used to face each other in a cricket match. In a letter to Imran Khan, Ranatunga reminded him of the friendship between the two countries. “The bond between the two countries has always been strong and cohesive,” he wrote. Pakistani troops have stood by Sri Lanka during difficult times. Many countries refused to participate in the 1998 World Cup due to the country’s civil war. But then Sri Lanka got the side of Asian countries including Pakistan and India.
The 1998 World Cup-winning Sri Lankan captain reminded Imran Khan that Sri Lanka had also participated in various tournaments in Pakistan out of gratitude for Pakistan’s continued support. Where many other countries did not participate due to security concerns.
In the letter, Ranatunga praised Imran Khan’s move to establish justice in the Priyantha murder case. “You (Imran) have repeatedly said in a media interview over the last few days that such acts of violence and lawlessness should be strongly condemned,” he wrote. Be it on the cricket field or in the political arena, you can face the challenge from the ground up. ‘
Ranatunga hopes that Imran Khan will be able to teach a few misguided Pakistanis how to behave in the same way.