Country needs proper counter terrorism mechanism – Patali

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Country needs proper counter terrorism mechanism – Patali

The country needs a proper counter terrorism mechanism, and the intelligence units should be restructured to be better equipped to face modern terror threats, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.

He was participating in the debate in Parliament yesterday on the No Confidence Motion brought against the government by the JVP.

He said that whenever the country faced a terror attack, it has been a practice throughout to blame someone and indirectly support terrorists.

“When you look into the Easter Sunday terror attacks. the government and the intelligence units cannot escape the blame. Is the answer is that the government should resign? Don’t we further plunge the country in this way into chaos and allow international terrorism to creep in? We have to make the decision whether we look at this issue beyond political scope and all parties, irrespective of their political stand, should unite to implement a united national mechanism to defeat terrorism,” he said.

Minister Ranawaka said that what the country needs is an efficient counter terrorism mechanism. “Today the world is experiencing a new economy and new technology. Similarly, there are new terror threats worldwide. Therefore, we need to restructure our intelligence units and come up with more efficient security operations to defeat threats,” he said.