ISLAMABAD: Head Of State Imran Khan’s prepared address to the Sri Lankan parliament, during his upcoming browse through to the island country, has been terminated.
Mr Khan is set up to travel to Colombo on a two-day trip from Feb 22.
Besides his meetings with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as Head Of State Mahinda Rajapaksa and also participating in a capitalists’ seminar, he was to deal with the Sri Lankan parliament on Feb 24.
It is claimed that the speech to parliament had actually been included in Mr Khan’s schedule on Pakistan government’s request. Nonetheless, it was later cancelled, according to Sri Lankan media. Media reports from Sri Lanka offer different reasons for the cancellation of Mr Khan’s address.
PM is set up to go to Colombo on a two-day trip from 22nd
Sri Lanka’s daily Express estimated Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage as having claimed that Audio speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had requested for cancellation on the pretense of Covid-19.
However, the very same newspaper mentioned unnamed resources as saying that there were elements within the Sri Lankan federal government, who did not want the speech to occur as they feared that doing so could better hurt ties with India, which have already been stressed after the termination of an offer over the East Container Terminal in Colombo port.
It was anticipated that Mr Khan would raise the Kashmir issue throughout his speech, which might have disturbed Delhi. In a similar way, offering chance to the Pakistani head of state, Express newspaper claimed, could have been suggested as offering Mr Khan parity to Mr Modi.
But, another speculation doing the rounds is that the Sri Lankan government was concerned regarding Mr Khan mentioning the legal rights of Muslims in Sri Lanka, that have dealt with misuses through Buddhist majority, increasing anti-Muslim views, and also prejudiced government actions.
The Sri Lankan government had, in addition, made its obligatory cremation policy for those passing away from Covid-19 suitable to Muslims in the country. The government, however, previously this month exempted the Muslims from cremation and also permitted them to hide their dead after an international uproar over the issue.
Mr Khan had invited the Sri Lankan federal government’s decision. “We welcome Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s guarantee given in Sri Lankan parliament today, permitting Muslims to hide those that died from Covid-19,” he had actually tweeted.
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Consular Service Representative Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri can not be reached for comments.