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‘Immediate threat of NTJ removed’

The short and medium-term threat of the Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) has been completely eliminated, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

The Minister was speaking at a media briefing organised by the Development Communication Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, at the Government Information Department.

“We must be thankful to the Security Forces who have done yeoman service to neutralise the Thowheed Jamath threat in Sri Lanka,” said the Minister.

Minister Dissanayake said only the short-term and medium-term threat has been neutralized, but not the long-term threat.

“In the long term, we have to do lot of things to prevent this germ entering Sri Lanka again. This is an ever active force which is trying to enter the country whenever it gets the chance,” he added.

The Minister appreciated the support given by the Muslim community to neutralise this threat.

He further said that several countries have already relaxed their travel restrictions issued on Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

“The decision to relax a travel advisory is taken after considering intelligence reports and this proves that country is back to normal. It’s a great victory achieved by Sri Lanka within a very short period,” said the Minister.

“After this type of attack, there is a possibility of various racial tensions arising. But we have been able to prevent such types of incidents and ensure reconciliation among the communities. Only after three weeks, two incidents were reported in Minuwangoda and Kurunegala and the government was able to control those incidents successfully,” he said.

Minister Dissanayake said there is systematic plan to destabilise the country and the government has the capacity to face this situation.

“We must not create a vacuum for extremism to come up like our past leaders did in 1983 by attempting to remove Amirthalingam from Parliament. It was completely contrary to democracy, since he was elected to Parliament by the public,” he said.


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