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* Muslim party ally of Sri Lanka governing party criticizes government actions
Sun, Mar 23, 2014, 06:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 23, Colombo: Muslim of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has criticized actions of the government.

SLMC Leader, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem has not only expressed his party's disappointment over some actions taken by the government, but also has strongly condemned it.

Addressing a public rally in Negombo, Hakeem has commented that the SLMC is the ally of the government party with the second highest number of seats in parliament but the party SLMC had not been allocated a seat in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that was appointed to find a solution to the national problem.

According to Hakeem, the government has broken tradition by not allocating a seat for the SLMC in the PSC.

The SLMC Leader has added that the government had even failed to allocate a seat to Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana who was the Chairman of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC).

Hakeem has been in the center of controversy in the past few weeks over a report handed by his party to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay on the issues faced by religious minorities in the country.

Recently the SLMC General Secretary M.T. Hasan Ali said that issues faced by the Muslims in the country have not been resolved even five years after the end of the war though the party has been a coalition partner of the government for a long time.

Earlier, SLMC General Secretary noted that the Muslims were greatly affected by the war and there has not been proper representation to discuss the grievances of the Muslim people.

While everyone had explained their grievances at the Geneva forum it has not been done with regard to the Muslims and a report on the issues faced by the Muslims were handed over to the UN official for that reason, Ali explained.

Ali has hinted that the party may join the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) observing that the Muslim community is now hopeful that the SLMC will join with the TNA.

A group of extremist nationalist ministers in the Cabinet has already commenced a campaign against the SLMC and its leader within the government.

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