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ACJU rejects Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s allegations

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) has rejected the allegations made by former minister and President’s Counsel Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe recently to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

In a letter addressed to Rajapakshe, the secretary general of the ACJU, Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak said: “We are deeply concerned about the inaccurate and incorrect statements made by you with regard to our organisation. Our concern is all the more great because it is made by a former Justice Minister who is a well-known public figure.”

“According to media reports, you have stated that the ACJU is ‘an organisation not registered under a legal framework’. This statement is incorrect. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama – ACJU – has been incorporated by an Act of Parliament. The ACJU has been in existence since 1924.”

“It has been further reported that you had made an allegation that the ACJU was trying ‘to convert Sri Lanka into a Muslim state through a four-point plan.”

“We vehemently reject this allegation and state in the strongest possible terms that the ACJU has never had any such plan nor has it made any attempt to change Sri Lanka into a Muslim state. On the contrary, the ACJU believes in coexistence and has always worked to build inter-communal harmony and national unity in Sri Lanka.”

“We also unequivocally reject the allegations made by you that one or more politicians are funding the ACJU. The ACJU is an independent organisation comprising theologians and has no allegiances with any political party or politicians,” the statement added.

“It is regrettable that personalities of your calibre make such statements which can create unnecessary confusion among communities, especially at a time when all citizens should be engaged in efforts to strengthen unity and coexistence among all ethnic groups in our motherland,” the statement said.

“We wish to inform you that we as a responsible organisation of religious scholars are always willing to provide any form of clarification that you may require about our organisation and its activities. We will therefore be grateful if you would take steps to inform the Presidential Commission of the above inaccuracies as well as inform the public through the respective media agencies that these allegations are without a basis,” the statement said.


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