Khan is to satisfy with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his older brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, throughout his two-day go to.

As Khan, the prime minister of Muslim-majority Pakistan, started his go to, about 2,000 protestors gathered close to the president’s workplace in Colombo demanding that burials be allowed for Muslims who die of COVID-19.

“He is aware of the state of affairs and we expect he’ll take up the difficulty with the Sri Lanka president and prime minister,” opposition lawmaker Mujibur Rahman stated by phone.

He stated the federal government continues to defy requires burials regardless of a pledge two weeks in the past by Mahinda Rajapaksa to allow them. Up to now, the federal government has not allowed them.

Khan earlier welcomed Rajapaksa’s assurance in a tweet.

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist nation the place it’s customary for Buddhists and Hindus, the second largest non secular group, to cremate the lifeless. Muslims make up about 7% of the nation’s 22 million individuals.

The federal government has required cremation of all individuals who die from COVID-19, saying the virus in human stays may contaminate underground water.

Muslims and non-Muslims have protested the rule over the previous yr, calling it unscientific and insensitive of Muslim non secular beliefs. The United Nations and america have additionally raised issues with the federal government.

The World Well being Group and Sri Lankan docs’ teams have stated COVID-19 victims can both be buried or cremated.

Sri Lanka has reported 80,516 coronavirus instances, together with 450 deaths.

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