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Jaffna Muslims powwow with Hakeem

Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem, has expressed concern over the delay in resettling the internally displaced Muslims in Jaffna.

Ceylontoday, 2013-03-29 02:00:00

Jaffna Muslims powwow with Hakeem

by Our Jaffna
correspondent


Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem, has expressed concern over the delay in resettling the internally displaced Muslims in Jaffna.

Minister Hakeem convened a special meeting with representatives of the Jaffna Muslim community at his residence in Colombo on Monday (25).

The representatives of the Jaffna Muslims complained to the Minister that the infrastructure facilities in the Muslim areas in Jaffna need to be uplifted, as a matter of priority.

They also highlighted that Muslims who have already returned to their original places in Jaffna are faced with problems pertaining to their livelihood, as well as reconstructing their houses and business establishments that had been neglected for the past two decades since the Muslims were forcibly evacuated from Jaffna.

Responding to the issues, Minister Hakeem said that considering the humanitarian issues of the Northern Muslims, the Muslim political parties should work together to bring relief to the Muslims in the North.

He said he had met the Indian High commissioner on the allocation of houses donated by India to the people in Jaffna, and had impressed upon him that Muslims should also be allocated houses in the North.

Representatives of the Jaffna Muslims included Dr. A.A.M. Uvais, Eng. Jaheed Hassan and M.G.M. Jameel, an industrialist.

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