To avoid a confrontation with India, Sri Lanka has canceled a planned speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan in parliament.
According to a report in the Colombo Gazette titled “Sri Lanka Avoids Clashes With India By Canceling Khan’s Parliamentary Speech” by Dar Javed, the Colombo government cannot risk its relations with India if it is in the Chinese debt trap and India the country is the world‘s savior for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
India recently donated 5 lakh doses of Covishield vaccines to Sri Lanka.
Anti-Muslim sentiment has risen in Sri Lanka in recent months as Buddhist people protested issues such as animal sacrifices in mosques.
Imran Khan is expected to have used the Muslim card during his visit to Sri Lanka. He had played the same card on his visit to Afghanistan last year.
Javed said the Pakistani Prime Minister backed the Taliban in 2012 and said the terrorist activities were “holy war” justified by Islamic law. “He used the United Nations General Assembly to gather Muslim concerns, often viewed as interfering with the internal affairs of other countries. In October 2020, he called on Muslim-majority countries to protest after French President Emmanuel Macron This expressed concern about the murder of a teacher by an Islamist radical, and wrote to the leaders of Muslim-majority countries “to counter the growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim countries,” the author said.
Looking at past incidents, it is evident that “to give him (Imran Khan) a platform like Parliament to speak, like throwing the dice with death”.
He would use the platform to make statements that will have “serious consequences” for both the Buddhist people of Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government internationally.
“The way Imran Khan responded to the requests of the Muslim leader in Sri Lanka; it had become clear that he would take up the problem of abuse of minorities during the parliamentary speech,” said Javed.
Previously, Rishad Bathiudeen, chairman of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, urged the Pakistani government to intervene in the Sri Lankan government’s forced cremation policy for people who had died of COVID-19. The Prime Minister spoke publicly on the issue of the burial of bodies in Sri Lanka.
While Imran Khan appears to be keen to address the issue of the treatment of Muslims in other countries, the report by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women found that religious freedom in the country had continued to deteriorate.
The Commission also found that minorities in Pakistan are treated as second class citizens. In addition, several Buddhist heritage sites in Pakistan were recently demolished.
After the Islamic Cooperation Organization refused to take up Pakistan’s proposal to amuse the Kashmir issue, Imran Khan is desperate to get support from Muslim countries and to represent himself as an advocate of the Muslim world.
The refusal of the Buddhist-populated country to give Imran Khan a platform in parliament has made the prime minister red-faced and frustrated.
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