He made the allegation at a speech at an event in Islamabad, organized by the Centre for Research and Security Studies and Global Village Space on the topic ‘Sri Lanka’s struggle for peace and its lessons for Pakistan and the region.’
Rajapaksa said there was no distinction between terrorists, mirroring the good vs. bad Taliban debate in Pakistan.
He said that terrorism is against the spirit of humanity and no country can prosper if people are compelled to live their lives under fear.
In the case of Sri Lanka, armed forces provided unrelenting support, backed by actual and concrete actions on part of the government.
It was a difficult task, one that could not be possible without public buy-in.
“Successful anti-terrorism operations depend as much on internal factors as they do on external factors. Public education and support is necessary to thwart any sympathy or help for the enemy. There is no room for hypocrisy or double-dealing,” he stressed.
We must learn from one another, be productive and provide practical solutions, he said, highlighting the need for more such dialogues and platforms to better understand the menace of terrorism and employ measures to combat it and achieve peace in the region.
He said Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s mutual long relationship is sustained by cultural heritage, economies, and common stand on international issues.
“We are grateful for the unconditional and steadfast support we received from Pakistan. It is a matter of deep satisfaction that I was able to raise Sri Lanka’s voice with Pakistan. They have stood by us through thick and thin,” he said.
MPs Wimal Weerawansa, Dullas Alahapperuma, G.L. Peiris also participated.
Meanwhile, Rajapaksa and his delegation met with several members of the Pakistan Senate.
They recalled with gratitude how, as the then president of Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa had opposed the Commonwealth’s move to expel Pakistan from the grouping.