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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to support government despite displeasure at inaction against racial tensions

The high command of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which convened yesterday to discuss the rising tensions against the Muslims in the country, has decided not to withdraw support to the government despite the government’s failure to take prompt actions against the extremist groups.The National Organizer of the SLMC former parliamentarian Rafeek Rajabdeen has told local media that the despite attempts to create sectarian tensions by certain parties the SLMC would continue to assist the government.However, the high command has said that the future of the SLMC in the government is at risk if the government continues to fail to take appropriate action against the threats the Muslims in the country experiencing from Buddhist extremist groups.The SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem, who was present at the Supreme Council meeting, has earlier requested the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to convene an urgent Cabinet meeting to discuss the rising religious unrest and civil disturbance in the country.According to media reports, the high command was disappointed with the response it got from the President to Hakeem’s request for an urgent meeting.In a statement issued last week, the SLMC leader condemning the attack on a Muslim-owned store in Pepiliyana, said he is equally dismayed at the ineffective response of the law and order machinery in containing the spread of such violence and unrest that fuels insecurity and peace of all minority communities in Sri Lanka.The Minister has appealed to the President and the Buddhist prelates to take proactive action to stop the spread of religious attacks and intolerance.The government meanwhile, said it will take stern legal action against individuals or groups inciting racial and religious violence in the country.

Author: TELO Admin