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Ban Thowheed Jama’at

24 April 2019 10:37 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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  • Islamic extremists carried out the bombings in retaliation to the attack on the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand

 

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana  

All extremist organizations including the Thowheed Jama’at should be banned immediately and its members arrested, their properties confiscated and their assets frozen, State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday.  

In a statement he made in Parliament, he said the Easter Sunday carnage had been carried out by the Islamic terrorist group known as the Thowheed Jama’at.  


The state minister said the bomb blasts had been coordinated to inflict the maximum damage to the devotees attending churches and hotel guests on Easter Sunday.  


“Thowheed Jama’at is linked to the international terror group JMI is believed to have carried out the bombings in retaliation to the attack on the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. More information is being uncovered on these organizations,” he said.   


The state minister said one should not look at all Muslims in a suspicious manner just because one particular terror group had been engaged in a barbaric act.   “Most Muslims are supporting and cooperating with the security forces especially when it comes to investigations,” he said.   The state minister said some responsible officials were told of the impending attacks. After information of such attacks was received it has been shared only by a few of them.   “Neither the Prime Minister nor myself nor the tri-forces commanders were informed of the imminent attacks,” he said.  


When an opposition MP shouted out saying ‘all lies, all lies’, the state minister said ‘no, it was true’.  


“One cannot understand why neither the Prime Minister nor myself were informed especially at a time when the President was out of the country,” he said.   The state minister said neither the Prime Minister nor himself had been invited to the security council meetings since last October and confirmed that the President had informed them that an investigation would be carried out on the attacks.  The state minister told Parliament that all terrorists would be dealt with severely and every inch of the country would be searched to unearth these fanatics.  

 

 

  Comments - 5

  • Yusuf Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:24 AM

    BAN ALL JAMATHS MUSLIMS DONT NEED THAT CANCER. MUSLIMS ALWAYS HAD BEEN A PEACE LOVING AND PART AND PARCEL OF THE LOCAL CULTURE. TAKE A STOCK OF ALL THOSE FOREIGNERS CONDUCTING VARIOUS ISLAMIC CLASSES ETC... KICK THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY. WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE AND DIGNITY LIKE EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY. PLEASE BRING ALL EXTREMISTS IN ALL RELIGION TO BOOKS.

    K Perera Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:01 PM

    Yes.. ban all dubious entities that carries any muslim names. Ban the Burka. All SriLankans have access to free education irrespective of their ethnicity or the religion. There's no need to have any separate muslim schools or Sharia Universities. Ban the Halal scam too - an indirect fundraiser to terrorism.

    Shiraj Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:14 PM

    Indeed. More strict laws and reforms are needed to safeguard all Sri Lankans. We have to have reforms that unify the nation.

    Dr. Priyal Perera Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:29 PM

    Nonsensical utterings! If the state minister of defense was not invited for security council meetings since October, what was he doing since that time. - any ministerial activity pertaining to defense or any worthwhile activity? Anyhow, if that was the case, why didn't he inform the parliament that he is not invited to the meetings and that he and the prime minister are sidelined? Why tell now? Isn't he admitting that the government is dysfunctional?

    Demuni de silva Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:35 PM

    It's crystal clear that both PM and SM have been side-lined.Not PM, President should resign.


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