Muslim Ministers demand arrest of aggressive monk

October 8, 2019

Hizbullah also warned that Muslim leaders will not be able to control Muslim youth if Islam continues to be disrespected in the country.Buddha Sasana Affairs and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Government is looking to resolve the recent issues through dialogue.He said that President Maithripala Sirisena had a discussion with religious leaders this week in an attempt to ensure religious unity. Muslim Ministers today demanded the arrest of a Buddhist monk who had disrespected Islam.Minister Rishad Bathiudeen told Parliament that a police complaint was filed against the monk. He accused some Muslim Ministers of attempting to incite more racial hatred instead of attempting to resolve the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He said that a joint letter by Muslim Parliamentarians raising concerns over threats being faced by Muslims in the country was sent to the President and Prime Minister.He said the Bodu Bala Sena continues to make statements disrespectful to Islam and action must be taken against them. State Minister M. L. A. M. Hizbullah also questioned what action will be taken against the monk. Rajapakshe said that when an attempt is being made to resolve the issue, representatives of the public must support such attempts. However he said the monk continues to be part of discussions being held by the Government with no legal action being taken against him.

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