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Easter Sunday Bombings & Killings: Will The Country Ever Know The Masterminds?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Who was responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre of innocent chruchgoers ,those in hotels  and, in its wake,violence against Muslims?  

This remains an unanswred question even at  the first anniversary of this meticuusly planned and implemented carnage which falls on Tuesday 20 April 2020.

Easter Sunday massacre is by all means the 9/11 of Sri Lanka.The targets were the same-Islam and Muslims. Numerous independent reports pointed out that 9/11 was an inside job by American intelligence ad Israel’s Mossad to justify US-European and Israeli wars on Islam and Muslims worldwide.

The bombings of hotels and churches in Sri Lanka had all the resemblance of Israel’s Mossad involvement in the 9/11 World Trade Centre bombing in New York while , in its wake, attacks on Muslims resembled RSS Hindutva attacks, burning  and destructions on Indian Muslims – the latest being Prime Minister Narendra Modi government sponsored attacks on New Delhi Muslims last month.

The Easter Sunday massacre proved a  conspiracy to blame Muslims, demonise them and  and justify attacks on them. This, according to reports, involved racist politicians, businessmen, professionals, media, monks, foreign forces  nd others. As planned ahead media unleahsed a fierce campaign, selling lies, accusing the entire  Muslim community which had nothing to do with this crime.    

According to reports the Indian intelligence informed the government seventeen days before on 4 April about imminent attacks .President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were aware of it.

Now the question is why did President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, intelligence units and others involved fail to prevent the carnage and save innocent lives. 

This is the question to which they owe answer. Instead Maithri went to Tirupathi Venkateswara Temple in Kerala, perhaps Sri Lankan god was not answering his prayers, and then to Singapore on holiday while Ranil was holidaying in the beach resort.

This clearly showed they allowed this carnage to take place, perhaps, implement evil international forces’ agenda against Muslim community. Some speculate that this may have been a conspiracy to pit the Christians against Muslims. However such a calamity was averted due to timely intervention by Cardinal Malcom Ranjith who repeatedly said the Muslim Community has nothing to do with this carnage.

Thus a worse tragedy was averted and a conspiracy defeated.

Therefore the two, Maithri and Ranil, should be held responsible for this carnage which provided an opportunity for United States led European and Israeli war mongers’ to bring in Islam phobia to Sri Lanka.

Under such circumstance one would expect both Maithri and Ranil to accept responsibility and resign from their jobs. Unfortunately such moral values, legacy of British colonial rulers, disappeared long ago under rising racist politics. Maithri is still in politics and attending functions while Ranil functions as the opposition leader.

This is the ridiculous state of affairs in the country.

In fact Maithri-Ranil government started losing its credibility shortly after being voted to power.

When the two promised the country that, if elected to power, they would bring all involved in crime, corruption, plundered the country and ruined its economy before the law, people trusted and voted them to power. However instead of bringing them to book the two created the political atmosphere for the very same people to come to power.

Equally when they promised there will be no more violence against the persecuted Muslims, they trusted their assurances and voted for them. Instead of protection they turned blind eyes when racist thugs unleashed violence  against them starting from Gintota followed by Digana, Akurana and the areas surrounding of Kandy to island wide violence in the wake of Easter Sunday massacre.

In this conspiracy to destroy the Muslim community, it appears Zahran and his team of fanatics, absolutely nothing to do with peaceful Islam and the Muslim community, were carefully screened, selected and paid for the job which many ministers said were the work of international forces.

However no one had the courage to state who these international forces were.

Zahran and his team of fascists were a pampered lot by the authorities under Maithri-Ranil government. This was clearly stated with vivid details in his book  “Sri Lanka’s Easter Tragedy; WHEN THE DEEP STATE GETS OUT OF ITS DEPTH” by Rajan Hoole, a founder member of University Teachers for Human Righty’s (Jaffna) together with Dr Rajani Thiranagama and Dr K Sritharan.

This book brings into focus the Deep State’s a body of organized interests comprising dominant sections of the political establishments and the security apparatus, ready and willing to pursue partisan goals in contempt of law. Zahran, credited with “masterminding” the Easter attack, would not have succeeded his former stature as a provincial Sufi basher, had the law enforcement not become a sphere of political intrigue, stated the book

Some said Zahran and his team were contract killers.  

The question is who gave the contract? Many were aware, but no one wanted to disclose.   

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into the bombings and killings is yet to complete its work.  

The atrocities committed to Muslims, burning and looting their houses, shops, factories and other such units, chopping a fasting Muslim to death in the presence of his teenage son, beating a Muslim to death and all such barbarities were very well recorded. 

However the disgusting aspect  of these atrocities, starting from the end of the the ethnic war in 2009, was the freedom the mob enjoyed. For example  no one was arrested so far including the violence unleashed after Easter Sunday attacks .  

Security forces came only after mob were given sufficient time to loot, plunder, burn and kill.  Shamefully then Army Commander Major General Mahesh Senanayake said the mob attacks were well coordinated.

Muslims have always been at the receiving end of abuse, harassment and humiliation at the hands of the Sinhala Buddhist extremists since the end of the LTTE in 2009.

In the wake of Easter Sunday carnage the community bitterly resisted security forces entering Mosques and houses with their boots taking dogs. Mosques usually comprise of large prayer halls with one or two rooms. Thus there is no need for forces to enter with boots and take dogs inside.

Sandwiched between Muslim politicians accused of corruption and selling the community for positions and perks, and equally controversial and politicized Jamiathul Ulema which has lost the trust and the respect of the community, helpless Muslims community remain deeply wounded and hurt. 

As one columnist pointed out “how could one phrase the context of Sinhalese violence against the Muslims more appropriately than the Mayor of Colombo, Rosy Senanayake, who puts it succinctly “Sinhalese terrorism has risen through violence”? It is unsurprising then, that the President, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, who greedily absorbed the Ministry of Law and Order to his remit in 2018, demonstrated competency in neither. Law and Order became parochial and usurping when his party General Secretary (SLFP) had bailed out four Sinhalese suspects who had been arrested by the police following the violence against Muslims in Kurunegala, much to the glee of the cheering crowd. What a sorry state the country is in when a MP so brazenly undermined law and order legitimizing the mob violence.

Meanwhile, once again to divert the attention from the Easter Sunday massacre, perpetrators of this crime, started a sinister media campaign to demonize Muslims on the eve of the forthcoming anniversary of this tragedy.

Now the question is will the country ever know the masterminds behind these bombings, killings and violence?

Did the perpetrators now turning their guns against Muslims learn any lesson from the 30 year ethnic war which battered and bruised the country?

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      Masterminds of Easter Sunday massacre will never be brought to justice because they are none other than Rajapakse brothers Mahinda and Gota supported by Maithripala Sirisena. After the failed attempt in October 2018 to usurp power, this was hatched to create chaos in the country and topple the government. Unfortunately for them the affected Catholics did not retaliate and their plans did not succeed. To solve this mystery, find the answer why Muslim extremists who by their own admission have said that they formed the outfit to take revenge on Buddhists who had caused loss of lives and properties of Muslims, to change their course and attack Catholics who had not done any harm to them. Since the defeat of Mahinda in 2015, China was waiting for a chance to put their lackey Mahinda back in power. So China was behind all these. They instigated Mahinda and Gota to carry this out. They got around the greedy Sirisena by promising him a second term with the support of Rajapakses. Sirisena who was the head of security establishment was used to silence the police officers in order to prevent them from taking any action. The testimony of OIC Katankudy that he was asked not to do anything to Zaharan proves this. (CONTD)

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        China requested Pakistani intelligence officers working with Muslim extremists in eastern province to cause troubles to Tamils, to brainwash the Muslim extremists to attack Catholics instead of Buddhists. They were told to confine their attacks to churches and tourist spots in eastern province, but those fellows had other ideas and created havoc in western province, killing Sinhala Christians. All top politicians of both sides and all top members of security establishment knew about this but they turned a blind eye because they were told that only Tamils and foreigners will be killed. If the father of Harin Fernando lying in hospital bed with a leg amputated knew about it, being told by a CID friend, it is hard to believe that other top people did not know it. Though Ranil Wickremasinghe and Ruwan Wijewardena are saying that they were unaware of it, it is a blatant lie. Behaviour of Sirisena, first going to India during Easter and not returning promptly from Singapore, despite seats being available in flights, is a clear indictment for the crime.

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          Gnana S you have a very vivid imagination. Add some songs and dances to this and you could be scripting a Bollywood film.

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            Sorry to disagree RS
            There is a difference between vivid imagination and hallucination.
            The former shows a streak of intelligence which the latter lacks.
            When one is obsessed with crazy ideas, one unknowingly locks onto a weird frame of mind which is hard to be rid of by reasoning.

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            There will never be a proper investigation into this. All the blame will be put to a few Muslim extremists and the whole matter buried under the carpet. The persons who gained by this atrocity are Gota followed by Mahinda. Sirisena was tricked into this and when goal was accomplished, he has been short changed. The secretary to the president let the cat out of the bag saying that they thought it will be a small attack. This shows they knew about it and wanted it to happen. Welgama’s statement in parliament that everyone including JVPers knew about it, was not contested. Poor people paid with their lives to fulfill the agendas of some.

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    Latheef farook
    Easter Sunday massacre is by all means the 9/11 of Sri Lanka.The targets were the same-Islam and Muslims
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    No! the targets were christians. The bombs were set off mostly in churches and a hotel.

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      Yes you are correct. The direct target was Christians, INNOCENT Tamil Christians in particular. Historically Muslims had no animosities with this section of Tamils. Its well established that this tiny group called NTJ was an alienized group among Muslims.

      We saw the outcome at Minuangoda and other places where billions worth of properties belonging to innocent Muslims were set on fire and distroyed. Virtually none of the criminals were prosecuted exactly the opposite of the criminals of Easter Bombing. So the target of the masterminds behind the attack is three sided, innocent Tamils Christians, innocent foreign tourists and innocent Muslims.

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        This secondary attack was the follow up of attack on Muslims starting from Aluthgama, Ampara, Digana and setting on fire of leading business premises by Buddist extremists. No one so far has been prosecuted for such heinous crimes while vedio recordings were posted globally. Successive Govts ingored the cries of innocent Muslims. Yet Muslims remained calm leaving Divine Justice to comeforth.

        So the Muslims too are the targets of Easter Sunday bombing. Now its in the hands of prevailing Govt to find the Masterminds of this attack. They need to answer the eeri question “Why did they ignore the clear warnings of this suicide attack.” Are they part of the plot? is the billion dollar question that runs in the minds of the innocent Muslims.

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          Innocent Muslims? who are they? no where to be found ! 🤯

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            It is easier to find than non racist, sinhala Buddhist

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          Niyas you are deliberately putting the cart before the horse. Attacks on Muslim premises were the result of the destruction of Buddha statues in Mawanella.

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      Mr. Farooq,
      Muslims like you give the innocent majority a bad name. The fact is that the targets were Christians, and the bombers were Muslims (or so they thought). Coming up with convoluted conspiracy theories is in very bad taste especially on this anniversary of the bombings. You seem to imply that Muslims are incapable of doing evil .
      It is true that all the trouble in the Middle East stems from the planting of an European settler state , Israel, in the region. But your unapologetic white washing of the murder of third parties doesn’t do the Muslim cause much good.

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    If you read between the lines you will see that Lateef Farook is gleefully celebrating the actions of the Jihadi Moslem barbarians who blew themselves up on Easter Sunday. He does it by posing utterly nonsensical questions about the Easter Sunday attacks and by discussing mumbo jumbo about Israel, 9/11, deep state and other rubbish matter with no connections to the Easter Sunday event. I have personally seen the radicalization of Lankan Moslems since the 70s with the men sporting horrible beards and changing their dress and women wearing the head to toe ghost dress and covering themselves completely. These are just the outer manifestations of inner radicalization and when the most fanatic of them all wanted to show their commitment the Jihad they planned and executed the Easter Sunday massacre so that they can reach the Fidraus heaven with 72 virgins and endless sex.

    Regular reader will see the deception of Taqqia in Lateefs writings.[edited out]

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      Dear Mr Chambers,
      How refreshing to see you vigourously in action again. You do remember us, Prickservices (Pvt) Ltd. We introduced you to that charming monastery with the most accommodating high priest (and abiththiyas) . When you left, you were hardly able to walk. Glad to see you have recovered. Please contact us the next time you visit.

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        Mr . Ponnawansa
        What a load of absolute filth ? You obviously had a difficult childhood and need professional help .

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          Ponnawansa, not even TamilNet would allow such comments but CT does.

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            Reggie dear,
            CT allows this person to call for all Muslims to be exterminated. So what’s wrong with exposing what certain “tourists” get up to ?

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          Nosey,
          Maybe you should ask Mr.Chambers what happened in his childhood to make him call for expelling or murdering all “Moslems”.

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      Jay Chambers, your English seems okay. Instead of making Fiverr type of peanuts with commenting, why not think about online teaching to locked down kids these days? That also dignifies you.

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    Mr Farook,
    It’s deeply disappointing that your ARTICLE is “Flawed and lack of Substance”, and can be marked as a piece of FAKE journalism.

    Kindly Answer question below “FACT CHECK”:

    Q1. Instead Maithri went to Tirupathi Venkateswara Temple in Kerala.
    Please provide evidence of Maithri @ Tirupathi in Kerala?

    Q2. Ranil functions as the opposition leader?
    FYI Sajith Premadasa is the opposition leader.

    PLEASE STOP writing nonsense and writing a conspiracy theory. We would expect journalist to right facts and evidence based reports, not FAKE news.

    https://www.crisisgroup.org/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/302-after-sri-lankas-easter-bombings-reducing-risks-future-violence

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      Thirupathi venkateswara temple is in andhra pradesh.
      Sinhala govigama leaders often go there because thats their homeland before they infiltrated Sri Lanka.
      Sinhala ruling classes today are telugu descent people.

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        Thirupathi (holy abode) is a town where there is a temple at the top of Thirumalai (holy mountain) the original name of which is Thiruvenkada Malai. It was part of ancient Tamil homeland stretching from Vada Venkadam (north Venkada malai) to Then Kumari (south Kumari munai). In the course of time Telegus had migrated south to be a majority in areas north of Madras city. Even in Madras city there is substantial amount of Telegus like Vaiko. Similarly Malayalees had migrated to areas around Kanyakumari. When Madras presidency was divided, Thirupathi was made part of Tamil Nadu. It is only after few years, by mutual consent between Telugus and Tamils, Thirupathi (a Vishnu shrine) was handed over to Telugus in exchange for Thiruthani (a Murugan shrine) which was annexed to Andhra Pradesh during demarcation. Malayalees made a claim to Kanyakumari by virtue of their large presence, but Indian government correctly did not accede to it.

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          Here we go with another tirade against and non-Tamil Indians.
          At least a third of Tamils of Tamilnadu are of Teugu origin (that includes the late Karunanidhi).
          The Telugus are the most friendly towards Tamilnadu in the South of India.
          Here are signs of a project to destroy that goodwill.

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            (Typos corrected)
            Here we go with another tirade against all non-Tamil Indians.
            At least a third of Tamils of Tamilnadu are of Teulgu origin (that includes the late Karunanidhi).
            The Telugus are the most friendly towards Tamilnadu in the South of India.
            Here are signs of a project to destroy that goodwill.

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        John Hoorah. You forget there are people of Arab descent, who had changed their names eg adrian Wijesinghe the Traitor and the one who thieved the royal Palacer at kandy

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    Does Mr Latheef Farook live in Kanada , England or Australia not to know who are the Master minds of the Suicide Attack on the Catholic Church in Srilanka?.

    I don’t know about Zaharan boy, but the Ibrahaim Boys could have got at least 4 Virgins each in real time in Lankawe if they wanted to and housed them in any part of the Country with all the facilities to live comfortable lives for a long time .

    That is the sort of Wealth the old Inbrahim has gathered for the family from his Spice Business and the connections with the Poliitcal Elite both Muslim and non Muslims in Lankawe.

    So obviously it is not the Virgins in heaven which motivated the Ibrahims?.
    What could Mossad or CIA or MI5 offer them better than that except may be White Women .

    So who done it?.

    Only people who would know is their own people the Muslims and their Political and Religious Leaders because Muslims whom I know won’t do anything without first asking their Mullahs ,

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    Yes, Lathief
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    They are behind bars, for your information.
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    There are a few others on whom the net will close before long.
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    You want a diversion, won’t you. We know, Muslims can never do wrong and its always the fault of others.
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    One message to you. ‘Tozz Feek’ (Look it up in the Arabic dictionary.

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    Lateef Farook you are an apology to the sane Muslim community. It is apologists like you who cause more trouble for the minorities in this country and others by writing rubbish. The CID should investigate fellows like you to get the truth as it appears you have the answers even our intelligence person seem to miss.

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    Never lose hope Mr. Latheef. There is still a chance to get R2P for you and those in the north. Tepliz et al still working very hard.

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    There were two Major Crimes during the Yahapalana regime. The first was Financial where Billions of Rupees were Robbed through the Bond Scam.

    The second was Mass Murder exactly one year back on April 21, 2019.

    Seems a Strange Coincidence that NO ONE has been held responsible so far for allowing either dastardly Crimes to take place.

    In the Former case, the Prime Minister who insisted on appointing a Singaporean as Governor of the Central Bank against objections from the President, is walking free. After the First Robbery was conducted within days of the Yahapalana assuming power, when the Robbery became Big News causing Severe Embarrassment, the PM appointed a Committee which could not find anything wrong! The Crooks, thus emboldened, went on to Repeat the Same Robbery one year later and this Massive CRIME remains UNPUNISHED till now.

    In the case of the Second Brutality, it is an Open Secret that the President, PM and the Security Establishment KNEW well in advance of the Horror waiting to unfold but NO ONE bothered to take any action to STOP it, when it was so Easy to do so. Has any one been held to Account? Shouldn’t right minded citizens Demand Immediate Action to Punish the Culprits?

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    In Sri Lanka, masterminds of the worst atrocities are revered as heroes and put on pedestals and worshipped. In such a country, it would be a waste of time to write articles speculating about the masterminds behind the Easter attacks. People who funded these terror organisations don’t live only overseas, they are on local TV quite often too. (and they don’t even have to be Muslim either)

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    Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
    I am sure you know more. Please help the investigation authorities to uncover this dastardly crime. We will be eternally grateful to you.

    Soma

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    Church was bombed in this country long before the last year’s one, by another form of terrorism – still no was brought to justice – it is long over-due!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaly_church_bombing

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      Allan, that was during a war.. Do you want Tamils to be brought to justice for bombing the Temple of the Tooth? That was during the war too.

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    Will The Country Ever Know The Masterminds? Latheef Farook it is very simple the masterminds were Muslim terrorists brainwashed by IS ideology. The Muslims are turning the East into a Muslim Eelam where no Tamil or Sinhalese can live. No doubt when the backlash comes you will blame ‘Sinhala Buddhist racism’ and the ‘saffron robed facists’ when all along it has been the Muslims trying to do in the East what the Tamils tried in the North. In the meantime the evangelists plant churches in every Hindu and Buddhist village and expect everyone to take it lying down.

    Is it any wonder that Gota won the presidency in a cleanly fought election? Is it any wonder that he will win more than 2/3 of the seats in a General election?

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