Six months since Easter attacks; no prominence to security: Gota

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SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said it has been six months since the Easter Sunday attacks but the government has not gotten its priorities figured out to give prominence to security. Addressing an election rally in Beliatta yesterday, Mr. Rajapaksa said when SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected as the president in 2005, the most pressing challenge the country faced was terrorism.

“He was able to end it within two and a half years. Not only we eradicated terrorism, but we also strengthened security forces, the police and intelligence services following a proper plan. That’s why terrorism did not raise its head again,” he said. Similar to containing terrorism, he said they had a special unit in place dedicated to look into extremism and to curb it.

“However, no prominence was given to national security by this government. The Cabinet has no knowledge of national security. The mentality of soldiers was broken, security plans and intelligence services were discontinued. That's why extremist terrorism raised its head. Only we can ensure security. As soon as I come to power, I assure to restore security ad give protection to intelligence services,” he said. He said, as the defence secretary, he was able to fulfil all responsibilities delegated by former President Rajapaksa with 100 per cent accuracy. I was able to steer the forces and intelligence services to victory by defeating terrorism and develop Colombo as the Urban Development Ministry Secretary. I promise to create a prosperous and a secured country,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Aneesha Manage)

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:21 AM

    Terrorism is created by society and its leaders when they do not take timely decisions for the improvement of people of all sectors. When an uprising happens due to bad governance, it is easy to label this sector as "terrorists" and kill all of them. This is what happened in SL during JVP as well as LTTE... still we sell fear to the people without understanding the core issue.

    Joe Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:39 AM

    He should come and see in Colombo and Around, seems this guy living in a dream world

    Sunil silva Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:30 AM

    Don’t create fear to win elections

    LAW Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:35 AM

    What prominence do you want barriers, roadblocks, white vans, phone tapping, that's the funny side of security in a democratic country. Cannot blame your thinking for that the only road you know to travel on.

    p-arakum Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:49 PM

    Be aware of a man with a PLAN and white VAN.

    Hornet Wednesday, 23 October 2019 06:59 AM

    12 years after the end of the war and who won it is still in dispute!!!

    Andrew Silva Wednesday, 23 October 2019 08:20 AM

    You are a person who takes native people for a ride. Your party is the party who created the bombings of the churches in a under hand way. Now you are creating your self as a lily white gentleman. You hipocrite.


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