The diplomatic row caused by the defamatory article published on Defence Ministry website referring to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a reflection of the devil may care attitude of the Rajapaksa regime concerning the affairs of the state, the UNP says expressing their deep concern over the incident.
In a statement issued by the UNP yesterday, it has been pointed out the incident is reflective of the level of irresponsibility ruling the country’s Defence establishment.
The UNP has stated that despite the damage control measures taken following heavy objections that arose from India over the article by removing the content and publishing an ‘Unqualified Apology’, this is not the first instance where this website has attacked diplomats or foreign governments.
“The Defense Ministry is bending over backwards to express its regret and apologize yet its website has long since become a haven of content of the most racist and partisan type often implicating without proof or substantiation, attacks on diplomats and foreign governments,” the statement notes.
Furthermore, the UNP has pointed out that despite the humiliating apology made on the Defence Ministry website over the article, the widespread media-blackout of the controversy is a reflection of the culture of fear inspired by the Defence Ministry that is the center of all power in the incumbent regime.
Furthermore the statement has expressed concern over the recent killing of an individual who gave evidence in the case against Ananda Sarath Kumara – a former UPFA provincial councilor who forced a female teacher to kneel before him.
“Circumstances remain obscure,” the statement notes referring to the incident adding it is ‘too coincidental to be a coincidence’.
It has gone on to state that it too will be swept under the carpet of ‘mysterious deaths’, which they have described as a trademark of law enforcement in Sri Lanka since the election of the Rajapaksa regime.
While remarking there is no separation between the Government and the Police Department presently as it functions as a mere appendage of the ruling coalition, the statement further asserts the terror and impunity are what the Rajapaksa-regime thrives on because no one is served better than the regime itself by the breakdown of the justice system in this country.