President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the law is equal to all and no one has a right to take the law into their own hands.
The President said this while speaking after declaring open the renovated Jumma Masjid Mosque in Beruwala today.
The President noted that his government had always acted to ensure religious co-existence with firm determination and a clear commitment to national unity.
However, the President noted that despite these efforts, there were some hostile forces who were trying to create the impression that there was religious tensions and violence in the country through some foreign media and news websites.
He said there were also elements who were trying to create unrest within the country at times using false propaganda to create a wrong impression in the minds of the people. The President stressed that these were only tactics by some petty minded political elements who were seeking cheap mileage.
He noted that from within the hallowed premises of the Mosque, he hoped that once the motives about those elements making false and malicious accusations against the country is revealed, everything will be put to rest once and for all.
President Rajapaksa added that his government has ensured that the country cannot be divided on ethnic or religious grounds and that there should be no room for racism and extremism to surface again.
The President further said he considered it as an honour to declare open the renovated Mosque which is 1,200 years old and considered the second Mosque to be established in Sri Lanka. He also recalled the opening of a new building for a Mosque in Nuwara eliya in 2012, considered as the first such religious facility to be opened by a Head of State in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)