Sri Lankan Muslims Hopeful That PM Imran Will Rescue Them from Cruel Discrimination

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community is hopeful that Prime Minister Imran Khan will highlight their plight during his visit to the country later this month.

Muslims in Sri Lanka have been facing discrimination at workplaces, hospitals, and public transport since the Easter Sunday attacks in 2019 which resulted in the death of over 250 people.


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Muslims account for 10% of Sri Lanka’s population of 22 million, which is mostly Buddhist. After 2019, Buddhist right-wing groups, led by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), have taken a hardline against the Muslims living in Sri Lanka.

PM Imran will arrive in Sri Lanka on 23 February. During the two-day visit, the premier will call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

He will also address the Lankan parliament- only the third Pakistani head of state to do so after former President General Ayub Khan in 1953 and PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1973.


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President of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council, N. M. Ameen, has said that the Muslim community is set to warmly welcome a great Muslim leader who is visiting the country for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister, adding that the council hopes Imran Khan to speak on behalf of the Sri Lankan Muslims.

Earlier this week, Rishath Bathuideen, a former minister and leader of the All-Ceylon Makkal Congress, a Muslim political party, also called on the charge d’affaires of the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo and expressed the concerns of the Muslim community.

  • I sympathize with the situation of Muslims in Sri Lanka but the Muslims in Pakistan especially the prime minister are discriminating against minorities every minute of the day. He should first fix his own house and stop being a Mullah himself. He did not say a word about recent rape and killing of two Christian sisters at the hands of Muslim men. He did not say a word about other similar recent incidents against minorities. He has no moral courage to go to another country and ask for rights for Muslims while he cannot provide those to his own minorities. The Muslims in Pakistan must stop forcefully converting young Christian girls under the pretext of Sharia Islam. Get rid of the blasphemy law and other draconian laws and then ask other countries to treat you better. The Senate of Pakistan rejected for the second time a Minority Rights Protection Bill for no good reasons. First show by example that you can treat your minorities as equal citizens and then ask others to treat you well.

    • The rights minorities enjoying in pakistan are far better then our neighbours whatever government do for minorities you people still complain . You are discriminating Muslims and nom Muslims . For state all are equal . People like you are either belongs to our enemy Endia or playing in the hands of them . Go to India you will know how minorities are treated their . How low caste Hindus are treated their . You are biased in writing all above

      • p0rkistan is known for burnd temples, force conversions, and minorities kiling. dont talk about rights of minorities. imran khan has no authority and no right to go to sri lanka or any other country and preach about minority rights. they will think he is insene person.

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