NTJ cadres, still at large, should sur­ren­der forth­with

Says NTJ mem­bers should be re­ha­bil­i­tated as done to EXLTTE com­bat­ants

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Vanni Dis­trict UPFA MP Kader Masthan said the re­main­ing mem­bers of Na­tional Tawheed Ja­maat (NTJ) should sur­ren­der to the se­cu­rity forces forth­with and later be re­ha­bil­i­tated with those ar­rested pre­vi­ously.

Is­lam does not prop­a­gate sui­cide. Hence, it is down­right wrong to re­fer to NTJ as an Is­lamic out­fit

Se­cu­rity forces should be care­ful when car­ry­ing out op­er­a­tions with re­gard to this sen­si­tive mat­ter. The me­dia has high­lighted these in­ci­dents thus paint­ing a wrong picture

The only Mus­lim to be elected on the UPFA ticket at the 2015 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, MP Masthan said NTJ mem­bers should be re­ha­bil­i­tated as done to EX-LTTE com­bat­ants.

“There were a few per­sons who had joined NTJ. But this group did not have any­thing to do with Is­lam. It holds the ideology of com­mit­ting sui­cide for Al­lah (God). How­ever, Is­lam does not prop­a­gate sui­cide. Hence, it is down­right wrong to re­fer to NTJ as an Is­lamic out­fit.

There had been in­stances where sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested for ‘mis­un­der­stand­ing.’ Tawheed Ja­maat means there is only one God. A few in­di­vid­u­als who have noth­ing to do with NTJ have been put be­hind bars af­ter hav­ing in their pos­ses­sion books and ar­ti­cles with this ti­tle. Se­cu­rity forces should be care­ful when car­ry­ing out op­er­a­tions with re­gard to this sen­si­tive mat­ter. The me­dia has high­lighted these in­ci­dents thus paint­ing a wrong picture,” he said.

Com­ment­ing on the re­cov­ery of swords in mosques, he said there must have been in­stances where peo­ple left such items in places of wor­ship as they were afraid to keep them in their homes.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion raised by a jour­nal­ist on al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against Min­is­ter Rishad Bathi­udeen and Eastern Prov­ince Gov­er­nor M.L.A.M. Hizbul­lah, he said a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be car­ried out to de­ter­mine the truth.

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