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Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral (Retd.) Dr. Sarath Weerasekera has said that the proposed face covering ban was for national security purposes only and not against the Islam religion.

Weerasekara told Daily Mirror that the proposed burqa and niqb ban was not proposed by the Rajapaksa government but was instead proposed by the former government including the Muslim Ministers at that time, soon after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

"What we want to inform the public is that soon after the Easter attacks in 2019, the previous government appointed the parliament select committee which included some leading Muslim Ministers as well. It was they who had recommended the banning of the burqa and the Madrasa schools. This is not what our government has done," Weerasekara said.

The proposed ban is yet to be submitted to cabinet for approval.

Meanwhile Cabinet Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella told a cabinet media briefing that the proposed face covering ban will not be rushed and it will be done in consultation and after reaching a consensus.

 

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  • Ralaharamy Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:09 PM

    When you declared the ban on Hijab at a Pansala event, you exposed to the whole of Sri Lanka what is in your mind. No more comments in the future. But remember, it is people like you who bring disrepute to Sri Lanka and its leaders.

    Ralaharamy Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:09 PM

    When you declared the ban on Hijab at a Pansala event, you exposed to the whole of Sri Lanka what is in your mind. No more comments in the future. But remember, it is people like you who bring disrepute to Sri Lanka and its leaders.

    S.H.Moulana Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:25 PM

    Then against whom sir? Who else is covering sir? Doesn't this statement look really funny sir? Shall we have a laugh sir, of course, with your permission? Ha Ha Ha!!!

    Ada Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:35 PM

    1.Halal ban, 2.burial ban, 3.madrassa ban, 4.Islamic law ban, poligomy ban. ?????? Ban = war

    Ada Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:36 PM

    Buddhist ban in Middle East, no working in Middle East. Shot on site, all will come ,

    FF Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:40 PM

    ONLY THE MUSLIM LADIES COVER THEIR FACES AND NOT OTHERS. SO IT IS LOGIC THAT THE BAN AFFECTS MUSLIMS

    Hassanda Tuesday, 16 March 2021 02:10 PM

    Of Course Sarath Weerasekera you had touched And hurt Islam Religion - What if someone Criticize The Teachings and change Buddhist And Buddhism Rulings - Wont the Buddhist Coopmmunity get hurt - No One shud hurt anyone’s Religion

    Burqa must be banned worldwide. Chapter closed. Tuesday, 16 March 2021 02:22 PM

    Whether it is against Muslims or not, the Burqa has no place in modern society unless Sri Lanka is not modern.

    kandy Budhist Tuesday, 16 March 2021 02:22 PM

    Everyday new information. Every day change your mind. Why?

    Peacemaker Tuesday, 16 March 2021 04:00 PM

    Rajapaksa gang squeezing their balls under pressure from Muslim countries

    angel Tuesday, 16 March 2021 07:10 PM

    we BELIEVE you!


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