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Government to strengthen PTA to reinforce national security: GL

Amali Mallawaarachchi

The government is to strengthen the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in order to reinforce the country's national security and avert a repetition of the Easter Sunday carnage, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman, Professor G.L. Peiris, said. 

He was speaking at a press briefing held at the SLPP Headquarters, yesterday morning. 

Professor Peiris also said that alarming revelations have been made before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday attacks, and that such revelations strongly suggest that the national security of the country needs further strengthening. 

Professor Peiris pointed out that the 'Yahapalana' Government recklessly made promises to the international bodies concerning country’s national policies to fulfill their own political agendas. He further noted: “Many revelations are being made through the inquiries made into the Easter Sunday terror attacks, but we are yet to unearth all the details about the attack. We still do not have comprehensive details on the local and the international network that supported these attacks.” 

“Even the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was not able to bomb eight places within three hours. According to the latest revelations, we have got to know that even the Dehiwala National Zoo was targetted by these terrorists. We need to unravel this whole network,” he said. 

“The 'Yahapalana' government, which should have carried out thorough investigation into this event, opted to save their own necks instead—they tried to cover the truth behind these attacks. According to the revelations, do you believe that we have enough laws concerning our national security? The 'Yahapalana' government prevented the operations of our intelligence services,” he added. 

Professor Peiris also stressed the importance of a new Parliament, with which the said amendments to the PTA could be brought forward. “A new House is a national interest right now.

Nobody wants the stale old House. The country needs a new Parliament, with representatives who strive for the new government’s policies. In order to strengthen our national security policies, a new House is compulsory.” 

Speaking on the postponement of the General Election, Professor Peiris pointed out that the responsibility of calling for an election is in the hands of the Election Commission, based on the opinion of country’s Health Authorities. 

“Right now, the agency that decides if we could hold the election or not, is the Health Authority. They have already forwarded their opinion, and based on this opinion, the Election Commission can decide on the election,” Professor Peiris said. 

“As you all may have noted, there is an Election Commission member who is directly attacking the government.

 “However, the entire Commission should take responsibility in managing this situation,” he added. 

 “If we continue postponing the general elections, people may perceive that a Parliament is unnecessary, which will ultimately jeopardise the democratic values upheld in the country,” the Professor said. 

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