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Muslim Council Wants India To Clarify Daily Mirror Story On “Muslim Extremists Targeting India”

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council (SLMC) has expressed grave concern over reports that have quoted Indian Intelligence officials who have warned of an alleged presence of Muslim terror groups in the country, pointing out that such claims have further fuelled anti-Muslim campaigns in Sri Lanka.

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha

SLMC President, N. M. Ameen in a letter to the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha has sought an immediate clarification of the Indian government’s position on the reports that refer to Islamic terror groups operating in the country, asserting that such claims have heavily contributed to the growing Islamophobia in the island nation.

“It is important that it is contained,” Ameen has written yesterday, adding such claims have heavily affected the progress of reconciliation, peace and stability in Sri Lanka.

In the letter he has referred to mainstream and social media reports that he claims has bashed the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka by making it appear as if local Muslims are party to terrorist groups that target India.

Ameen has referred to the contradiction between Indian media reports and the statement made by Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a recent interview with Daily Mirror where he has rejected the existence of Islamic terror groups on Lankan soil and the confusion it has generated, that has led to the circulation of unsubstantiated rumours.

He has gone on to state that unfortunate incidents like the arrest of an individual of Islamic faith in Chennai on charges of espionage does not prove the existence of Muslim terror groups in Sri Lanka, but has expressed worry over the mere facts being exploited by Buddhist extremists and certain political factions to taint the local Muslim community.

“Such incidents contribute to the hate campaigns against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and has fuelled violence towards Muslims in the country as seen recently by the anti-Muslim violence that erupted in Southern Sri Lanka,” Ameen has further noted.

We publish below the letter in full;

June 5th 2014

His Excellency Y K Sinha,
High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka, Galle Road,
Colombo 3.

Your Excellency,

RE: DAILY MIRROR REPORT ON MUSLIM EXTREMISTS TARGETING INDIA

The Muslim Community in Sri Lanka continues to be bashed by mainstream and social media as being party to terrorist groups that target India. This is a major cause for concern among the Muslim community as the media reports attribute the source to various unnamed Indian government intelligence officials. The Daily Mirror newspaper of July 4th 2014 too carries an article “ India Fears Growth of Fundamentalism in Sri Lanka After Riots”

The Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Sri Lanka, in his interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper of 1st July 2014 too mentioned that the Indian intelligence agencies had raised their concerns to him about the possibility of Islamic Terrorism being based in Sri Lanka to act against India; I quote, “The Indian intelligence agencies have told me that there is a possibility of Islamic Terrorism being based in Sri Lanka to act against India. However, we investigated these concerns and found that there is no merit in these concerns or claims. Our intelligence agencies are very active on these issues”.

Unfortunate incidents like the arrest of an individual of Islamic faith in Chennai on charges of espionage has been made use of by Buddhist extremists and some political elements with vested interests to cast a shadow on the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka, although this arrest does not prove the existence of Muslim terror groups in the country. This person was a mere mercenary purportedly working for foreign forces. Such expose to justify their hate campaign against the Muslim community Such incidents contribute to the hate campaign against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, which has fuelled violence towards Muslims in the country, as seen recently in the South of Sri Lanka, claiming the lives of three, displacing thousands and causing damage to property and livelihood amounting to hundreds of millions of rupees.

The alleged existence of Muslim terror groups in Sri Lanka is contributing to the hate campaign against Muslims in the country, and Islamophobia is reaching crisis proportions. It is important that this is contained.

We kindly urge Your Excellency to immediately clarify your Government’s position on this to avert confusion and conflict in Sri Lanka which does not contribute to reconciliation, peace and stability in the country.

We thank you, your Excellency for the kind clarification and assure you of our fullest co- operation at all times

Yours sincerely

N M Ameen

President
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka.

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    Terrorism is a Self-Fulfilling prophecy. Very good move to ask the Indian intelligence system to prove their claims.

    The intelligence industry in order to get funds invents threats and causes more damage than good today. Of course the US terrorism discourse does not help.

    The terrorism discourse is socially and politically destructive and should be curbed. It is a form of HATE SPEECH against Muslims and minorities.

    Today at the same time there is a nexus between Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. All these countries violate minority rights and then send back refugees (minorities) who are fleeing persecution in these countries.. All these countries use the TERRORISM DISCOURSE as a form of HATE SPEECH.

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      `Very good move to ask the Indian intelligence system to prove their claims.¬

      that is a foot in the mouth request.

      FIA does not apply to international terror.

      Why is India and US training `Goo`ta `Boo`ts forces in terror tactics?? To stand and watch only?? Ha ha.

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        Add to your point it is indeed interesting that the Muslim Council is asking for clarification from India only now. As far as I am aware Indian concerns on Muslim extremism originating from SL dates back a few years. There are articles on various websites dating back a few years on this subject.

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          Well the finger points initially to Sonia who is more of a Muslim (Hindu died with Indira) A) She wanted to hand over Kashmir as a gift to Pakistan (see on u tube he speech) B) On hind sight she and her son discreetly supported the creation of chaos and genocide in Lanka.

          Therefore now is the time to question Hindu government (like the Sivaji the great with son of the soil Muslims of standing)as to why the forces of both nations have a special relationship and the training provided- the path being clear; obviously it is to annihilate the minorities. This is better than troubled waters. Simplicity should be the key because there is sympathy but not I got Pakistan and we are 1.5 billion.
          You would be surprised how son of the soil Muslims blend in Central and Northern India. Even Bollywood not just today
          This way minorities gather force and respect within the island.

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    There was no progress of reconciliation, peace and stability in this island since the country went in the hands of racist Sinhala Buddhists. The peace, trust and stability continue to deteriorate and now it is in the peak.
    It is not secret that Muslim extremists and terrorists from Sri Lanka recently carried out bomb blasts in Chennai.

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    Greedy Muslim racist leaders you have let down your folk by involving in foreign conflicts by being led – that is the trend of religious fanatics/crusaders.

    secular India has Muslims too in RAW unlike para Sihala Buddhist and para Lankan Muslims.

    LEADERS PLAY WITH FIRE TO BELCH AND FART AND THEIR VULNERABLE GET THE WORKS.

    Anti-India `Goo`ta `boo`ts has definitely assisted the Pakistani military intelligence make inroads.

  • 4
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    Mr. Ameen,

    “SLMC President, N. M. Ameen in a letter to the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha has sought an immediate clarification of the Indian government’s position “

    Yes, Challenge the liars, at every move. Expose the, and so that they are liars.

    Ask them if the learned to lie from Sinhala Buddhists in the currant Maninda Rajapaksa Lying Regime.

    Remind them, they are under investigation for war crimes.

    Tell them the state media are all liars.

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    N M Ameen,
    Don’t get excited. Just stay put and wait till they arrest some jihadists amongst you.

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    I must say something in all seriousness to N.M. Ameen
    and his Muslim Council. He is life President and Hilmy
    Ahmed is life Secretary. They are better known only for
    the letter-heads they possess to write letters to all
    and sundry to generate publicity to themselves.

    The letter they have written to the Indian High Commisioner
    Y.K. Sinha is serious. If he is in his right sense, he
    should have thought twice about it.

    No High Commissioner or Ambassador is going to share information
    about his their country’s national security interests with a
    pocket ogranzation albeit even a government.Does he accept the
    government of India to tell him “yes, here are the Jihadists,
    Talibanite and Al Qaeda in Sri Lanka.”

    A grave injustice has been done to the Muslims by marauding
    mobs, not genuine Buddhists and this should roundly condemned.
    The victims should paid compensation.Use your heads Ameen and
    Hilmy. This is not gambling or nainage sooduwa.

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    Muslim Council should be careful in making these statements. The Indian news papers said that “Muslim Extremists” are using Sri Lanka to target India. This is a well known fact because Rajapakse’s friends in Pakistan Intelligence are using Sri Lanka as a base to attack India. However, the news papers did not say that Sri Lankan Muslims are Extremists or they are targeting India. Further the minorities in Sri Lanka irrespective of the religious differences and race differences need the support of India to bring Rajapakse regime under control to provide equal rights for all communities in Sri Lanka.

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    Gota’s double game.
    Gota [Edited out] for some purpose.
    When India found out he changed the whole thing
    and linked it with Muslim terror groups. Thus he thought he can save his skin while putting the blame on the Muslims and attack them. Gandasara is just a tool.

    India, USA, Western & Muslim countries must cull Gota first.
    He is the Only Terrorist left in Sri Lanka at present.
    Champika, Gammanpila, Weerawansa, Dinesh are barking dogs
    who can be silenced without any efforts and so are Nalin de Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekera, TNL, ITN, Rajpal, Liyanarachchi, would rest in peace once the Pissu Gota is vanished.
    Gota is dangerous because is a murderer as well as a maniac, otherwise this man a coward.

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      lankalover

      “India, USA, Western & Muslim countries must cull Gota first. He is the Only Terrorist left in Sri Lanka at present. Champika, Gammanpila, Weerawansa, Dinesh are barking dogs who can be silenced without any efforts and so are Nalin de Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekera, TNL, ITN, Rajpal, Liyanarachchi, would rest in peace once the Pissu Gota is vanished. Gota is dangerous because is a murderer as well as a maniac, otherwise this man a coward.”

      well and succinctly summarized, the Problem.

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    Surely Mr. Ameen cannot expect the IHC to comment on media reports in Sri Lanka or the views expressed by GoSL officials here. Mr. Ameen cannot also deny there has been, for some years now, suspect incidents and personnel particularly in the Batticaloa District, from his community, offering support to sources outside Sri Lanka and in the neighbourhood whose political aim is to cause disruption and chaos in nearby South Indian towns. If Mr. Ameen comes clean of this he will have answers to most of the disingenuous questions he raises. Personally, I am doubtful if he will get a satisfactory reply from the IHC.

    Backlash

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    Muslim extremists are busy destroying their own places of worship – in Iraq.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28177841

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      justice

      “Muslim extremists are busy destroying their own places of worship “

      –Based on the Data and activities, using the scientific method in Iraq. abs eslewhere

      The Muslim extremists are, the Pseudo-Muslims, or devil followers are:

      1. Whhabis, Salafis, Tauheed, Deobandi and Taliban, who follow the Devil, Satan or Shaitan, by destroying and killing other Muslims.

      The Muslims are:

      Sufis, and others who do NOT belong to the above Group, who follow God, Allah.

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    The best thing that can happen to Muslim
    community is for the likes of Ameen and
    Hilmy to keep their mouths shut.

    Don’t be like vultures and jump into any
    act to get some publicity. Its a shame
    one has to say this during the Holy
    Month of Ramadan. But that is the truth.

  • 1
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    I agree with brother Maumoon. It is wise for people
    like N.M.Ameen and Hilmy Ahamed to not only keep
    their mouths shut but their hands tied or in their
    pocket.

    Don’t make irresponsible statements for self
    aggrandisement. Tell ONE SINGLE prominent Muslim in
    your Council? Every Muslim can have one if there are
    a few letterheads.

    Allah will bless you if you can remain silent and
    not bloat too much Ameen and Hilmy Ahamed.

  • 0
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    Ask – they will answer you. Try the same thing with SL you will vanish ok

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