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By Jamila Najmuddin


The government has rejected reports that the Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba was setting up operations in Sri Lanka with government Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan saying there was no evidence to prove that the group was in the island.

Minister Muralitharan told Daily Mirror online that the government had not received any complaints of armed groups operating in the island after the defeat of the LTTE and had no evidence of the Lashkar-Toiba cadres being present in any parts of the island. “This is not true. The Lashkar-e-Toiba was never in the island. If they were we would have received some complaints or reports,” Minister Muralitharan said.

The TMVP, who is currently controlling the eastern province, also rejected reports stating that the Pakistani based militants were operating in the island. “A few months ago we read some reports that the Lashkar-e-Toiba may be in the eastern part of the island. But this is not true. There are no armed groups here,” TMVP Spokesperson Azath Maulana said.

A top US military official says the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group, predominately a threat to India, is fast expanding operations to other South Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

According to a PTI report Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command in his testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee last week has said that that the group is expanding in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

"Right now our concern is the movement of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terrorist group that emanates from Pakistan that was responsible for the Mumbai attacks in India, and specifically their positioning in Bangladesh and Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka," Willard said in response to a question from Senator George Lemieux. (Daily Mirror online)
 

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  • Monday, 29 March 2010 11:01 AM

    how can we trust mr. muralitharan's comment?

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:13 AM

    UNDER TMVP & MURLITHARAN FRACTION-THIS GROUP MAY COME IN-WHO KNOW??

    Monday, 29 March 2010 11:58 AM

    It occurs us now to set a thief to catch a thief.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 12:48 PM

    The US envy post-war Sri Lanka. It must be frantically trying to create a war mentality amongst Sri Lankans and see them suffer and if possible to rage another war, so the US can subdue the nation. Americans want the world at war, so they can dominate the world.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:00 PM

    Remember WMD, Saddam Hussein and Iraq? That was a load of CRAP too!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:06 PM

    We will monitor our security and we will take steps to eliminate any terrorist group if they try to group in Sri Lanka
    America and west need not worry about it nor they should get involve in our issues as we are very capable in eliminating terrorist so
    HANDS OFF ,DO NOT DREAM ABOUT GAMES YOU DID IN PAKISTAN,IRAQ,AFGANISTAN

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:57 PM

    You know what there excepting muddle the situation with among Asian countries

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:58 PM

    LeT are not a threat to Sri Lanka. When US refuse military training for our troops recently, we are forced to ignore all US concerns in future.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:53 PM

    US is looking for some sort of way back into SL, to meddle and interfere. Our good old O'Blake must be somewhere in this story. They do not like our tourism booming again; they want to create some uncertainty.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 10:26 PM

    This is Hilary Clintons idea ... to wage war, against Sri Lanka, by publicizing that Lakshar-e-Toba is 'in' Sri Lanka.


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