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Sunday, 31 January 2016





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Sri Lanka Attorneys’ letters not credible

Reading the Sunday papers, my attention was drawn to an article with the above heading. The article went on to say that an officer in the visa section of the British High Commission in Colombo had written to the Home Office in U.K. stating that ‘the credibility of Sri Lankan attorneys has been called into question’. The visa officer reached this conclusion after carrying out necessary investigations into U.K. asylum applications. The report went on to say that, in the case of a sample 80 such applications, 30 of these involved letters/credentials presented by SL attorneys in support of said applications. Of this 30, 86.6% of such documents verified were not credible. Reports of live court cases/arrest warrants, etc. were proved to be fictitious on checking. To the average Sri Lankan, this should not be any sort of surprise.

Here is damning proof – coming from no less than the visa section of the British High Commission – as to how the West is duped by many an asylum seeker who, in the process, is helping in no small measure, to tarnish the good name of the security forces and by extension the sovereign state of Sri Lanka. Why cannot our foreign Office diplomuts use these things to bolster their defence against the diaspora-sustained lobbying of Western Governments for punitive sanctions/human rights demands against Sri Lanka? Does it not prove the inefficiency/ineffectiveness of our Foreign Office heads in particular? Is it any wonder that the LTTE propaganda machine was more proactive/effective against our Government throughout the 30 year war and thereafter?

Ainsley de Silva

Azwer writes to President Offering of Qurban, Ulhiyya and Aqeeqa

The Quran and Hadees had made it incumbent on the Muslims to offer Qurban, Ulhiyya and Aqeeqa.

Under the circumstance, the President’s announcement at the Thaipongal celebration at Hindu College in Paiyagala, on January 18, 2016 on banning the slaughter of cattle has an impact on the Muslims.

Even under foreign rule or under self-rule, no government imposed such a ban.

Even the present Constitution ensures this freedom, viz.

Article 10 and 14(1) (e) states: Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion of belief of his choice, and 14,(1) (e) : the freedom either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief on worship, observance, practice and teaching:

Since this matter is essentially a part of Islamic religious practise, it will constitute a denial of the Fundamental Right of the Muslims to impose a ban. If it is wrong to slaughter in Sri Lanka, the logical conclusion would be that it is wrong to do so elsewhere. Islam forbids any form of animal cruelty. One can find many examples in the teachings of the Prophet (Sal) on this matter.

I would urge on behalf of the Muslim community, to desist from banning the slaughter of cattle. Let the Muslims practise their religious obligation as they had been performing throughout the ages, as enjoined upon them by their religion, and let those who want to avoid meat be afforded that freedom.

At this point, I also wish to stress the importance of including in the proposed new Constitution a Chapter on Fundamental Rights like Section 29 of the Soulbury Constitution – Entrenched Clause - which firmly guaranteed the religious rights of the minority communities - which cannot even be amended by a 2/3rd majority in Council.

Alhaj A.H.M. Azwer
Former MP/Minister of Muslim of Religious and Cultural Affairs



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