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PM’s remark on Covid-19 burial, ‘Legalising only through Gazette amendment’  

Political decision expressed on behalf of Govt. 

No special discussion on Covid-19 with Pakistani PM 

All Muslim MPs and Opposition seek meeting 

Notwithstanding the political decision recently expressed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on behalf of the Government, permitting the burial of the bodies of Covid-19 victims cannot be done without amending the Gazette issued in this regard in April 2020, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said.

By Rajan Philips –

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who made the surprising call for the government cancelling the ECT deal with India and Japan, has made another surprising and really a gallant announcement giving the green light for allowing burials for Muslim and Christian victims of Covid-19. If the Ministry of Health has been caught unawares by the PM’s statement in parliament, well, they had better get used to it. But no sooner had the government appeared to have cremated the burial issue than Cardinal Malcom Ranjith raised a new headache for the government – threatening to take his case for justice for the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks to international courts, if there is no assurance of justice through domestic investigations. That is a shocker even though it is no more than a threat for now.

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