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A Sri Lankan court of appeal on Friday suspended the government’s decision to send back Pakistani asylum seekers notably from the Ahmadiyya, Christian and Shia communities.

The interim relief has been granted till August 29 when the state must come to court for argument of the case.

The order was obtained as Sri Lanka took action to deport them since the beginning of this month.

Lawyers claimed that over 100 of them had been deported since August 1 while 75 of them are still under detention.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said they were seriously concerned over the deportations.

It said by sending the people back, “Sri Lanka is in breach of its obligations under international law concerning the principle of no forced returns or non refoulement”.

The Pakistani asylum seekers consist of its persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christian and Shia communities. (PTI)

  Comments - 16

  • Kolitha Friday, 15 August 2014 07:11 PM

    These people will stay behind and turn Sri Lanka into a Pakistan. It is harsh and we are sorry, but please go back. We have enough communal issues as is.

    bandulaula Saturday, 16 August 2014 12:43 AM

    We can understand why the christians and catholics are seeking shelter. but why the hell muslims ncant go to a country where shriya law prevails?

    idroos2002 Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:06 AM

    all these international laws inacted by the world jewery and zionists are to kill all ( Sunni ) muslims. Sunni means the straight line muslims true followers of the companions of the holy prophet who followed his way of life .Shias are deviants from the holy prophets teachings who inadvertantly or advertantly become disbeleivers by worshipping his trusted companion Ali. islam rejects worship of any creations other than allah himself .Ahmadiiyas also belong to the latter segment .

    idroos2002 Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:15 AM

    Anyway these are all poles of the jews working for the jews hell bent on destroying the sunni muslims ( Stupidly ) fighting against justice and fair play They need to be advised to give up this islam hate spewing attitude Those in peacefull co existence are definitely enjoying high positions both in the gulf and the muslims countries in both the private and pubic sector particularly in saudi arabia .

    idroos2002 Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:17 AM

    No arguments please the above i have witnessed and experienced in soul and spirit .The above scenario is a planned hatch by the jewry to shame islam but to no avail.

    idroos2002 Saturday, 16 August 2014 03:20 AM

    Historically the warmongering , remotely controlled behind the scene killing instincts are carried forward in the blood of the jews .and they are well known to killing their own abrahamic / semetic prophets so others are no exceptions. These guys are worst than dogs , pigs monkeys etc etc

    ABC Saturday, 16 August 2014 11:12 AM

    Last time when LTTE whacking SL and war was on everyone given assylum to Sinhalese. via DM Android App

    Suq Madique Saturday, 16 August 2014 06:48 AM

    Actually it was the tamils who were seeking asylum and the majority were just opportunist making use of the war to gin sympathy and refugee status

    Tariq S A Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:44 AM

    For this matter UNHCR is responsible. They should not take in asylum seekers blindly. First of all they should categorise them and after arrival they should submit same to government for approval. And UNHCR should stop registration, if registration is open these asylum seekers come with confident. Country like Sri Lanka our sources were limited, so UNHCR should realize
    these matters. And UNHCR Should limit the registration at least for 200 for first instance and after checking the status approval and send them to third country. And then again UNHCR should open again for another 200 for registration it should go gradually like wise, then this will not disturb anyone.

    commuter Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:12 AM

    When the war was in a peak situation it was said that they Pakistani pilots were used for raids, now there is no concern to is a shame.....

    Perumal Saturday, 16 August 2014 09:42 AM

    Raja wanted to send them back. Someone frowned. He now found a way to stop sending them. Great independence!!

    Minan Saturday, 16 August 2014 10:07 AM

    In Sri Lanka we don't need any asylum seekers. We have enough of problems here.

    Justin Saturday, 16 August 2014 11:43 AM

    Unbelievable. An article about refugees from Pakistan has turned into a Jew bashing event by followers of the evil death cult. You guys need to hang your heads in shame. The world knows about your hate cult.

    mack Sunday, 17 August 2014 05:21 PM

    well said Justin via DM Android App

    Ettu Sunday, 17 August 2014 02:03 PM

    The Great UN and UNHCR accusing Sri Lanka for war crimes and genocide,wanting regime change, etc now pushing Pakistani refugees. Maybe trying to get the Muslims to start another genocide and war crimes like the ltte issue. Second time lucky for UNHCR/UN . Why not send to Malaysia, Singapore , Indonesia. Etc . The move is checkmate.

    shamon Sunday, 17 August 2014 09:48 PM

    Why on earth do these people chose good for nothing country like Sri Lanka puzzles me. via DM Android App

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