Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was trying to lie on the Kashmir issue, had to face insult when Sri Lanka shattered his nefarious plans. Actually, Imran Khan was going to give a speech in the Parliament of Sri Lanka during the tour, but Sri Lanka canceled that speech for fear of deteriorating relations with India. It is believed that at present, Sri Lanka does not want any tension with India. This is the reason why in an attempt to avoid a confrontation with India, Sri Lanka canceled Prime Minister Imran Khan’s scheduled speech in Parliament.
According to a report titled ‘Sri Lanka has avoided confrontation with India by canceling Imran Khan’s Parliament speech’ published in Colombo Gadget, at a time when Sri Lanka is under debt and it is under debt. Fully trapped in the grid, the Colombo government cannot afford to spoil its relations with India. That too at a time when India is saving the entire world by providing vaccines. The Government of India has also given 5 lakh doses of Kovishield as a gift to Sri Lanka.
Also, anti-Muslim sentiments have arisen in Sri Lanka in the last few months as Buddhists have been protesting on issues such as animal sacrifice in mosques. Because of this it was hoped that Imran Khan could use the Muslim card during his visit to Sri Lanka. He played a similar card during his visit to Afghanistan last year.
Javed said that in the year 2012, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, while supporting the Taliban, said that the terrorist activities are ‘holy wars’ which are justified by Islamic law. They have used the United Nations General Assembly to incite Muslims, often regarded as interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. In October 2020, he urged Muslim-majority countries to protest after French-President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern over the murder of a teacher by an Islamic fundamentalist. Writer Javed wrote, Imran Khan also wrote a letter to leaders of Muslim-majority countries to ‘combat growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim countries.
Looking past events, it is clear that giving him (Imran Khan) a platform to speak like a parliamentarian is nothing short of a big risk. Had he been given a chance to speak in the Sri Lankan Parliament, he would have used this platform to make statements that would have serious implications for both the Buddhist people of Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government at the international level. These are also the reasons, which led to the cancellation of Imran’s speech.
Javed said that the way Imran Khan responded to the requests of the Sri Lankan Muslim leader, it was clear that he would have raised the issue of mistreatment of minorities in Sri Lanka during his speech in Parliament. Earlier, All-Ceylon Makkal Congress leader Rishad Bathudian had requested the Government of Pakistan to intervene in the matter of the Sri Lankan government’s forced cremation policy for those killed due to Corona. Prime Minister Imran Khan also publicly commented on the issue of burial of bodies in Sri Lanka.
On the one hand, Imran Khan is trying to become the head by speaking ululously on the issue of Muslims, on the other hand the situation is worse in his own Pakistan. Imran Khan is always keen to raise the issue of dealing with Muslims in other countries, while the reality is that religious freedom in his country Pakistan is continuously deteriorating, as mentioned in the UN Commission’s Report on the Status of Women Has been done.
The commission further said that minorities are treated like second class citizens in Pakistan. In addition, many Buddhist heritage sites in Pakistan were recently demolished. Ever since the Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejected Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, Imran Khan has been angry and desperate to get support from Muslim countries and to show himself as the champion of the Muslim world.