Mus­lim ouster an­niver­sary ob­served

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT COLOMBO— The 25th an­niver­sary of the ex­pul­sion of Mus­lims from the North­ern Province by the Lib­er­a­tion Tigers of Tamil Ee­lam ( LTTE) is still re­mem­bered by the Mus­lim refugees now liv­ing in North West of Sri Lanka.. Meet­ings con­demn­ing the LTTE ac­tion are still con­ducted in the Eastern Province and other parts of the is­land.

In 1990 the Mus­lims in the North­ern Province were chased out of the North. Ovr 100,000 Mus­lims were or­dered by LTTE leader Vellupil­lai Prabakaran to leave their re­gion within 48 hours.

Fol­low­ing the down­fall of LTTE in 2009 ex- Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japakse opened the door for Mus­lims to re­turn back to their an­ces­tral homes.

The prop­er­ties and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments were con­fisi­cated and were al­lowed to leave the North with the clothes and five hun­dred ru­pees to live in camps sit­u­ated in the Put­ta­lam mosque

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