National Shoora Council (NSC) – an alliance of national level Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka has urged those concerned of an Al-Qaeda presence in the country to lodge complaints with the IGP without demonizing the Muslim community.
NSC President, Tariq Mahmud in a statement to the press has pointed out that although it is their belief that allegations of jihadist groups operating in Sri Lanka and of their involvement in the Aluthgama attacks are absolutely false, the claims have detrimentally impacted the Muslim community in the country, which he describes is a matter far worse than the violence inflicted upon the Muslim communities in Aluthgama and Beruwala on June 15.
“The allegations are being made by those who have no defence or apology for the serial crimes unleashed by hate charged mobs on innocent Muslims on 15 and 16 June,” he notes.
While urging concerned parties to lodge complaints with the IGP, the NSC has assured their fullest cooperation in the investigations as well as in taking legal action against ‘such devils behind every bush’ if needed.
Mahmud has further highlighted that it should be taken into account that while the Ministry of Defence has refuted allegations of extremist Islamic groups operating on Lankan soil; the claims have in fact been made by foreign intelligence agencies.
He points out that the accusations are being made to legitimize the entry of foreign powers into Sri Lanka with aims of destabilizing the country and establishing a puppet regime. In the statement he has further called for an investigation into groups or individuals who are in the payroll of these ‘foreign powers’.
We publish below the letter in full;
National Shoora Council urges those accusing Al-Qaida presence in Sri Lanka to complain to IGP without demonizing Muslims:
Muslims have suffered enough, earlier at the hands of the LTTE for not supporting ‘Eelam’ and now at the hands of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) inspired hate groups, displaying inexplicable intolerance towards a minority, which stood in its entirety with the Sinhala majority in the country’s struggle to defeat the LTTE. The BBS led violence in Aluthgama, Beruwala, Welipenna and surrounding areas had cost the Muslims over Rs. 5 billion in economic loss while the loss to the country would obviously be very much more.
However allegations of jihadist groups operating in Sri Lanka and being involved in the Aluthgama violence, which are absolutely false, are hurting the community, even more than the attacks on the Muslims in Aluthgama. The allegations are being made by those who have no defense or apology for the serial crimes unleashed by hate charged mobs on innocent Muslims on 15 and 16 June.
The National Shoora (Consultative) Council, (NSC), an alliance of national level Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka urges those making allegations of the existence in Sri Lanka of Al Qaida, Lashker-e Taiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM) etc. to promptly make complaints with supporting evidence to the Inspector General of Police for a full investigation and action against them, without an hours delay. The rabble rousing speech at Aluthgama on 15 June identified the Sri Lanka Police and the Sri Lanka armed forces as a ‘Sinhala Police’ and ‘Sinhala armed forces’. What prevents those few from the majority Sinhalese, making these fabricated accusations against the Muslims, lodging their complaint with evidence with the ‘Sinhala Police’?
We dare them to forthwith complain to the IGP, without demonizing the peace loving patriotic Muslims by uttering falsehoods to the public at meetings and press conferences. The NSC assures fullest cooperation not only in the investigations but also in dealing according to law against such ‘devils behind every bush’ if any. Indeed complaints to IG Police and firm action thereon are the greatest favours the accusers can do to the besieged Muslims of Sri Lanka, without poisoning the vast majority of Sinhala professionals, intellectuals and the masses with falsehood.
The Ministry of Defense has from time to time refuted such allegations made mostly by foreign intelligence agencies many of whom make the accusations to legitimize the entry of foreign powers into Sri Lanka for the collateral purpose of destabilizing the country and establishing a puppet regime, as these powers have done in other countries. Allegations of the existence of Muslim terror groups are often made by those in the payroll of these foreign powers, which too need to be investigated.
National Shoora Council