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Sri Lanka Muslims Call For Protection

Sri Lankan Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem speaks during a press conference in Colombo on April 30, 2012. PHOTO/ AFP

By haveeru.com.mv –

Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party called on the government on Monday to protect religious minorities after protests by Buddhist monks demanding that a 60-year-old mosque be relocated.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which is a member of the ruling coalition, said it opposed shifting the mosque in Dambulla, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Colombo, saying this would be “disastrous” for the country.

The monks argued that the mosque was inside temple land and should be demolished while the Muslims maintain that they have been offering prayers there since the mid 1940s.

The government said in a statement last week that it had offered three alternate locations for the mosque and had also agreed to finance a new building, an offer firmly rejected by the SLMC.

“We will not agree to any compromise of taking land elsewhere,” SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem told reporters in Colombo. “We are very, very firm on that.”

He said “extremist forces” were trying to create religious tensions in a country emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic strife which has cost an estimated 100,000 lives.

“A strong government must protect the weaker minorities,” Hakeem said. “We appeal to the government to ensure that they do not allow xenophobic forces to hold the country hostage.”

More than two-thirds of the Indian Ocean island’s 20-million population are Buddhists while 7.5 percent are Muslims.

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    RAUF HAKEEM, YOU AND THE ASS-WERS AND YOUR LIKES ARE THE PROBLEM,NOT
    THE SOLUTION.
    YOU ARE JUSTICE MINISTER?WHY DO WE NEED ANYONE’S PROTECTION,WHEN
    THE CONSTITUTION GIVES MUSLIMS THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE,THEIR RELIGION
    THE CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES WE ARE ALL EQUAL.
    AS IT HAPPENED ALL YOU, WHO CALL YOURSELVES MUSLIMS SHOULD HAVE WALKED OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT. BUT THEN THATS TOO MUCH TO EXPECT FROM POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTS, TO WHOM POLITICS IS A MEANS TO NOT JUST “EARN THEIR
    DAILY BREAD” BUT TO EARN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
    HOW CAN YOU ENSURE “JUSTICE” IN THE COUNTRY, WHEN YOU COULD NOT
    PROTECT YOUR OFFICE IN KATTANKUDY,?
    YOUR SLMC IS IN THREE NOW. YOU REPRESENT NO ONE BUT YOURSELVES.

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    hello sir how are you

    your kuwait is a very good speech sir.

    thankyou.

  • 0
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    your kuwait speech is very good speech sir.

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