Violence under cover of religion will not be tolerated - PM


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe being greeted by Muslim dignitaries at the Ifthar, he hosted at Temple Trees on Thursday.

by Zacki Jabbar

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that violence perpetrated under the cover of religion will not be tolerated.

Addressing an Ifthar ceremony at Temple Trees on Thursday, Wickrememesinghe said that Islam like Buddhism taught one to be patient and act with restraint.

Every religion was great for its adherents. But, none should think they could act as they wished under the cover of their faith, the PM noted, adding that extremism, hate speech and crimes were being dealt severely according to the law. 

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed confidence that misguided elements could be corrected by being made to realise the folly of their actions and the damaged they cause to society.

The government had, he said, forged ahead with its plans for national integration and reconciliation.

It behoved all communities to make a contribution to achieving ethnic harmony and peace, Wickremesinghe added.

The PM observed that it was heartening to see how the Muslim community had helped the people affected by the recent floods and landslides. Such actions, the Prime Minister noted, went a long way in bring about national reconciliation in the post war era.

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