A delegation comprising of leaders of a number of Western Sydney based Muslim organisations visited Sri Lanka Consulate General Office in Sydney on 17 June 2019, to express their deepest condolences for the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
They were received by the Consul General Mr Lal Wickrematunge and Mr Abdul Rahim, Consul (Commercial).
The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka consisted of suicide bombings in three churches and three hotels in the Capital, Colombo, on the Easter Sunday 21 April 2019.
This barbaric act of terrorism resulted in 258 deaths and more than 500 injuries. The Australian Muslim Community and the remainder of the world were deeply shocked with the news of the bombings and send their heartfelt condolences to the people of Sri Lanka in light of these remorseless against humanity.
The community leaders expressed their deep grief on this barbaric act of terrorism on the innocent worshippers and hotel guests whose lives were lost during the brutal attacks.
Mr Wickremantunge highly appreciated the kind gesture and the goodwill visit by the Muslim community leaders.
The community leaders also penned their messages in the condolence book maintained by the Consulate General office.
The delegation was comprised of the following:
- Mr. Sohail Shamsi, President of the Hills District Muslim Society (HDMS)
- Mr. Masud Cheema, Chairman of the Australian Islamic College Sydney (AICS)
- Mr. Tahir Khan, Board member of the Australian Islamic College Sydney (AICS)
- Mr. Shahab Siddique, Secretary of the Islamic Association of Western Sydney Suburbs (Rooty Hill Mosque)
- Mr. Nader Azami, President of the Afghan Support Association (Blacktown Mosque).
- Mr. Rafique Hassan, President of the Quakers Hill Mosque.
- Mr. Kazi Ali, Chairperson of the Riverstone Muslim Cemetery Board
- Mr. Riaz Bokhari – Member HDMS
- Mr. Tahir – Member HDMS
- Mr. Muhammad Asif, President of the Australian Pakistan Chamber of Trade Commerce and Industry
- Mr. Abdul Majid Yousfani, The Consul General of Pakistan in Sydney