Muslim politicians, civil society call for self-criticism

Muslim politicians and civil society today called for self-criticism to address some of the concerns raised over the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

Minister of Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Kabir Hashim said that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka are prepared to make changes to ensure their lifestyles are in line with how Sri Lankans live.

Speaking at a media conference today, the Minister said that Sri Lankan Muslims are Sri Lankans and they are not prepared to be influenced by a foreign culture.

He also asserted that the Muslim community have not condoned the actions of the terrorists who attacked churches and hotels on April 21st.

Hashim appealed to all Sri Lankans to stay united and not isolate the Muslim community.

Former Ministers Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, Ferial Ashraff and lawyer Ali Sabry also spoke at the media conference.

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