SLFP National Organiser Duminda Dissanayaka today said he was confused as to whether the appointment of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that summoned and questioned defence and intelligence officials, was a conspiracy hatched by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in connivance with Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in an attempt to embarrass President Maithripala Sirisena.
Mr. Dissanayaka admitted that the failure to convene the cabinet would create a new crisis as there would be no functioning government as a result.
Addressing the weekly news briefing of the UPFA, Mr. Dissanayaka said the dispute between the executive, the legislature and the government was not good for the country and as such President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Rajapaksa must soon reach a compromise to resolve the crisis.
“It is extremely unfair to blame the President for the failure to take steps to prevent the Easter Sunday carnage. The tri-forces, the police, intelligence units and the STF have been informed on the resurgence of Muslim religious extremism since 2011. Intelligence data collection on the activities of religious terrorism had been gathering momentum this year and last year. Even the day before the bomb attack and in previous weeks, the intelligence and defence officers had been getting information on the impending attack, but there was no action at all by the officials. Therefore, I completely reject allegations levelled against political leadership and ask top intelligence and defence officials what they have been doing all these years and months and what preventive action they took to prevent the attack?” Mr. Dissanayaka asked.
However, Mr. Dissanayaka was critical on the summoning and questioning of intelligence and defence officials by the select committee and added that the process has put the country’s national security at risk.
“Besides, I don’t think a select committee is necessary to probe the Easter Sunday carnage because President Sirisena has appointed a presidential commission for that purpose, chaired by Justice Malalagoda and the report has been handed to the President. He has taken measures to implement the recommendations and Attorney General’s advice has been sought for the purpose,” he stressed.
Mr. Dissanayaka blamed the opposition, the media and certain civil society groups for blowing the Easter Sunday attack out of proportion and that as a result finding a sustainable solution to religious extremism has become difficult. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Head of Defense and Law and Order has to take at least a part of the responsibility without finding scapegoats.
VJ Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:29 PM
The president is human too, he is not God, he too could have made mistakes. Just like I made a mistake voting for him which I regret to this day.
Ganesh Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:05 PM
He may be a human but extraordinary human .We have never ever had a buffoonery President like this man.
Bandu Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:45 PM
So would you be happier if you voted for MR instead.
Sunil Silva. Friday, 14 June 2019 08:51 AM
MS has done series of blunders and they have cost billions of rupees to the economy.
Borat Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:34 PM
No need to doubt everybody playing games but President is definitely to be blamed so exposing wrongdoing is a crime????
Dee Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:48 PM
Don't bring in intelligence officials names. They won't be found fault with. Don't worry.
Tuan Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:50 PM
MR has already foxed MS. If MS can't understand that, I'm sorry about that.....
Borat Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:57 PM
We all regret voting for him . Didn’t have backbone then and worse now and dementia set in
DrW.Katugampola Thursday, 13 June 2019 10:39 PM
The plain truth at the end of the day will embarrass the president not the PSC. M I 5 and MI6 officers give evidence behind closed doors to PSC in UK.when ask to do so. C.l.A chief give evidence to senate comt all the time. What nonsenses are you all uttering to poor Sri Lankans
Sarath Thursday, 13 June 2019 11:17 PM
He is complete disgrace to the country - and should take every blame for the collapse of law and order and the situation before that. Also for the failure to appoint SF as Minister for Law
Thilak Sumanasiri Friday, 14 June 2019 04:23 AM
PSC's aim is not to embarrass President. It's a fact-finding mission. Whoever the culprits get exposed.
cheers Friday, 14 June 2019 05:35 AM
Forget about Ranil and why are you guys piss in ur pants when you think about Mahinda. People are with Mahinda for what he has proved and that cannot be stopped
xlntgson Friday, 14 June 2019 06:31 AM
Ranil and Mahinda can impeach him!
CAT OUT OF THE BAG Friday, 14 June 2019 07:40 AM
" in an attempt to embarrass President Maithripala Sirisena." how do you know to embarrass - by the use of these words by you it clearly indicates that you are well aware of the president's guilt and these PSC hearings will expose the president.
Carl Friday, 14 June 2019 07:40 AM
The president is very good at embarrassing himself. He doesn't need others to do it.
SL Friday, 14 June 2019 08:18 AM
If Saharan could eradicate " 225 1 " morons ,I'd have get 72*1000 virgins .Shameless idiots go home and let this country run by genuines !
L. Perera Friday, 14 June 2019 08:55 AM
As my grandmother used to say -
Mung Kokomo Horu.
Don Friday, 14 June 2019 08:11 PM
What happened to the report received last week about the April 21st Carnage? Is it being amended before made public with less volumes and pages?
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