Some Muslim MPs notable absentees at banquet for Khan
By W. K. Prasad Manju
Although leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Rauff Hakeem participated at a banquet hosted for Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, some Muslim Parliamentarians from several political parties including the SLMC were notable absentees.
Party Leaders, Cabinet Ministers and Muslim Parliamentarians of the ruling party were invited to the banquet organised by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Pakistani Premier at Temple Trees on 23 February. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena together with a group of businessmen engaging in trade with Pakistan had also been invited.
It is reported that Party Leaders of the ruling party as well as Muslim people’s representatives were present at this banquet.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Premier, Ranil Wickremesinghe Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa, leader of the TNA, R. Sampanthan and MP, M. A. Sumanthiran also participated in the function.
Ishak Rahuman of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya, M. S. Thowfeek, H. M. M. Haris, Faizal Cassim, Nazeer Ahamed of the SLMC and S. M. M. Musharaff of the All-Ceylon Muslim Congress did not attend the function.
Although, Ceylon Today made inquiries from several parliamentarians regarding their notable absence they declined to answer and said they were at a meeting.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that the Leader of the Jathika Janabalavegaya, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the other MPs from the Party had also not attended the function.
It is reported that Muslim political leaders and renowned Muslim businessmen who had attended the banquet had told the Pakistani Premier that he was the most powerful Muslim leader in Asia.