Campaign on to discredit Govt - Azwer
BERUWALA: ‘There is a smear campaign by certain frustrated and
disgruntled politicians to discredit the Government in power. They use
the mobile telephones to instill fear in the minds of Muslim businessmen
and others asking them to leave the country, lest they would be targeted
by certain persons to extort money from them, said Presidential Advisor
A. H. M. Azwer.
He was speaking at the Kalutara District Ahadiyya Federation
prize-giving at the Maligahena Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Beruwela.
He appealed to the Muslim community not to fall a prey to these
anti-national and anti-Government forces, who are hell-bent to
destabilise a legally elected Government. ‘This is employed by the
Zionist forces backed by a main opposition party,’ he said.
‘The President promptly summoned a meeting of all Muslim MPs
parliamentarians, the Western Province Governor and senior Presidential
advisor at the Temple Trees, when certain incidents of abductions were
brought to his notice.
After the deliberation, the President immediately ordered the law
enforcement authorities to bring the culprits to book. He also requested
the victims to make complaints to the police. Telephone numbers to make
such complaints were subsequently published in newspapers.
“President Mahinda Rajapaksa elected by Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims
and other ethnic groups treats all communities equally and will not
discriminate against anybody,” he said.
The Muslim world in particular, hails him as a friend of the Moors.
This was very evident when he made official visits to Pakistan, Kuwait,
the Maldives and Jordan. The leaders of these countries pledged their
assistance to help Sri Lanka sustain its economy and eradicate
terrorism, Azwer said.
President Rajapaksa is a friend of the poor and the Moor. He has
espoused the cause of the Palestinians for the last 30 years as against
Ranil Wickremesinghe who has always viewed the Palestinian struggle with
a cock-eyed look.
When a motion was moved in Parliament by the then Opposition Leader
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the then Prime Minister Wickremesinghe refused
permission to Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar and me to speak on the
motion,” he said.
That was how Wickremesinghe meted out justice to the Palestinians.
Now, the present President has taken steps to open for the first time a
Sri Lankan Consulate in Palestine and this will be a reality within next