TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday urged the government to investigate Governor Eastern Province M.L.A.M. Hizbullah’s alleged links with the National Thowheed Jamaath along with all connections that group had with various other politicians and previous defence officials.
MP Sumanthiran said that there was an alleged link between the Islam radical group and the Eastern Province Governor.
Participating in the debate on emergency regulations in parliament yesterday, Sumanthiran said: “The Muslim people, to their credit, have repeatedly complained about these miscreants. Years ago, Muslim groups raised the issue of radicalization with government intelligence officials, and appealed for steps to be taken to halt this process.
Further, in 2017 itself they even held a demonstration in Kattankudy and asked that Zaharan be arrested. I must, in this respect, commend the brave conduct of Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim, who has set a great example for all of us.
Being a Christian and I share in the sorrow of the Christian church in Sri Lanka at this time.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who came into this world, suffered as we do and took the worst of evil onto himself and was crucified unjustly. But he defeated all evil through self-sacrificial love, which is what we celebrate on Easter – Resurrection day.
Very serious questions have arisen as to why preventive action was not taken when information was available. Those responsible for this – from the very top – must at the very least resign. I raised the issue of the President keeping the Police Department under his charge, during the Budget debate. This is clearly unconstitutional. The Police came under a separate Ministry called Law and Order when the 19 th Amendment was passed. The Constitution identifies only three subjects that the President can hold: Defence, Mahaweli and Environment. Law and Order is not one of those. By unlawfully holding on to this portfolio, the President has now become the first person who should take responsibility for these attacks that could have been prevented.
There are many serious questions that are being asked about the Governor and his connections with the National Thowheed Jamaath. This must be investigated. So must all connections this group has had with various other politicians and previous defence officials.
Finally, I appeal to all – politicians in particular – not to blame this tragedy on any particular community. The Muslims of this country have never reacted with violence even when violence was thrust upon them. We value that very much and we will march towards a better tomorrow for all of us – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others – hand in hand.