Sri Lanka Finally Allows Burial of Muslims Dying of COVID-19 After PM Imran’s Visit

The government of Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on the burial of COVID-19 corpses after Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s successful visit, and a gazette notification to this effect was issued on Thursday.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the Sri Lankan leadership for lifting the ban.

I thank the Sri Lankan leadership & welcome the Sri Lankan govt’s official notification allowing the burial option for those dying of COVID 19.


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The Sri Lankan government had ordered the cremation of all the COVID-19 corpses regardless of creed and cast. The ruling had triggered protests by the Muslim community as cremation is against Islamic customs but the government had refused to give in to international pressure either.

However, Sri Lanka’s leadership has reversed its decision a day after Prime Minister Khan’s maiden visit.

Earlier on Thursday, PM Khan had welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement.


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Quoting PM Khan’s tweet, Pakistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the island country.

“Pakistan is grateful to the leadership of Sri Lanka for allowing the option of burial for victims of COVID-19. Indeed it is these very principles of mutual understanding, respect, and humanity that bring relationships to thrive and prosper,” he stated.