While rejecting Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse's recent statement in Parliament that some 32 Sri Lankan youths had joined the IS, Cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said that the statement was completely incorrect and misleading.
Addressing the weekly cabinet press briefing in Parliament, Minister Senaratne said according to the armed forces intelligence reports, only four Muslim youths had joined the IS but they have joined the militant group from abroad.
“I have reliable intelligence reports that the information given to Minister Rajapakse was not correct. But unfortunately, the statement made by Minister Rajapakse in Parliament recently has created a confusion and anxiety among the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Someone has given him misleading information. Not a single Muslim youth joined IS directly from Sri Lanka,” Minister Senaratne said.
He said the government must create confidence among the Muslim community as 90% of Muslims are a moderate and passive community and only 10% of Muslim youths are prone to fall into extremist ideologies and added whoever comes to Sri Lanka with the ruse that they are coming here to propagate Muslim, they are screened by the NIB (National Intelligence Bureau).
Minister Senaratne said some 30 shocked and distressed Muslim organizations over the remarks made by Minister Rajapaksa representing the entire Muslim community in Sri Lanka had sought a discussion with him to sort out the issue and he would meet them shortly after briefing President Maithripala Sirisena.
He charged that the joint opposition was in a dastardly move to create communal disharmony by inciting Muslims and Tamils in the South, East and North with the sinister motive to block Muslim and Tamil votes for the SLFP or the UNP in a future election as they think they could win elections only from Sinhala Buddhist votes which will be their waterloo.
Responding to a journalist on the military conspiracy theory suggested by Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardane, Minister Senaratne said it was the most malicious and vengeful statement made by a Sri Lankan politician ever. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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Comments - 35
ANTON Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:59 AM
HE IS ALWAYS TRYING TO REMOVE GOOD TEETH INSTEAD OF DECAYED ONES.
kk Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:24 AM
PARLIAMENT IS PLAYGROUND.. via DM Android App
TRUE MAN Thursday, 24 November 2016 05:15 PM
TRUTH IS ALWAYS SOUR FOR THOSE HAVE RACIAL TONGUE AND COMMUNAL HATRED. . via DM Android App
Question Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:33 AM
"that the joint opposition was in a dastardly move to create communal disharmony by inciting Muslims and Tamils in the South, East and North with" - AND so what about Wijedasa ?
Sri Lankan Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:43 AM
That 10% is more than enough to destroy our country. What proofs have you got to say you are correct via DM Android App
Sri Lankan Thursday, 24 November 2016 07:46 AM
Now it is over to you Mr. Rajapaksa. Who is correct you or Rajitha Let the people know. via DM Android App
mal Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:17 AM
Wijeyadasa Rajapakse is obviously working on Rajapaksa agenda he is trying to sabotage and bring disunity. It is very unwise to keep him and allow him to hold the most honourable portfolio.
ajantha Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:55 AM
just see the shape of this jokers mouth who is well known for fabricated stories and commissions. His mouth is crocked due to non ending lies. He plays his card according to the situation. Wijedasa Rajapakse is a honorable man
shanthapriya Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:57 AM
Believe me this man will never tell a lie.He is a Bo tree
Bubble Banda Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:21 AM
Rajitha in the election platforms what did you say? You told if MS becomes the President he will arrest and keep all the looters in the JO. What happened dam liar.
J Palitha Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:23 AM
Generally people knows when UNP rules there won't be any developments, always they jabber and pass the time. That is how to time pass these guys are playing games.
Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:24 AM
Hay minister have you ever spoken the truth? Why you guys cheated us?
Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:25 AM
You should have been with MR with the lying party.
Neo Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:40 AM
Islam means peace.
kaboos Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:04 AM
Hon cabinet minister Wijedasa Rajapakse should withdraw his statement,
Jude Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:11 AM
Couple of years ago SLC leader Hakeem said if Northern politicians get some sort of Autonomy, then He should get Same to Eastern Province!!!! These Muslim Politicians time to time act as Rabble-rousers!!!???
Saman Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:40 AM
Many barefaced liars boast in parliament very often.
max Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:57 AM
One should not take this particular spokesman's comments seriously. Recently he said, AVA is a group that has created GR but Defense Minister Wijewardhane said a complete opposite of what Rajith said. I have a serious doubt. Rajith S has undertaken a contract to discredit the govt. His remarks always do bad to the govt.
Ganesh Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:00 AM
Minister of justice is said to have been the supporter of some members of the previous government. This is not the first time he makes remarks irresponsibly. Why does the UNP tolerate this man keeping him as a minister
sasha Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:08 AM
who believe this chatter box?
Liswom Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:42 AM
Thank you Minister for extracting the decayed tooth. via DM Android App
RuwanL Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:47 AM
I don't believe what Rajitha says as he has been lying on many previous occasions. We need to know the truth without any political and racial agendas as we have to sort out the issues. Please can someone tell us the truth?
Missaka Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:20 PM
Harvesting minority votes? This may not be enough!
clef Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:42 PM
he is the person who had seen the cctv camera of the ruggerite killing and gave a speech those days but now came to understand that camera pictures are poor via DM Android App
Dhammaloka Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:08 PM
Don't know why he couldn't clarify it at the time Mr. Rajapaksha divulged same
SAITAM Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:14 PM
what happened with AVA group confession minister ?. you are best know lair ,so people ignore you be it true of false
Zarook Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:31 PM
Hats off to the Hon. Minister for clarfying the matter and expressing honestly his views.
cha Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:34 PM
beginning of another problem. overseas extremist preaching goes on in mosques via DM Android App
Cooper Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:41 PM
Exactly! he is seeking some brownie points with Muslim community .
Cooper Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:47 PM
Ya Ya ! we can see that in Syria dude.
sigiriya Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:28 PM
It was obvious that Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse was speaking with some mischievous agenda in mind. The words of the Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne is trying to correct this malicious propaganda. Well done Sir.
TRUE MAN. Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:40 PM
WELL SAID HONOURABLE MINISTER. WHAT YOU SAID IS HUNDRED PERCENT PERFECTLY TRUE. MAKING STATEMENT IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT VERYFINNG IT IS NOT APPRECIABLE. via DM Android App
Premalal Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:41 PM
Government of confusion
haramanis Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:07 PM
I think Minister Senaratne must go as spokesman for ISIS. He is clearly too talented to be just spokesman for the SL Cabinet
Sharon Thursday, 24 November 2016 02:19 PM
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