Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka and will arrive there in the evening on Tuesday, February 23. He will be having a long discussion with his counterpart in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Foreign Ministry said that Khan will be meeting the Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Wednesday, February 24. A wide range of discussions will be taking place between Imran Khan and various leaders of Sri Lanka, about defense, trade, and technology.
The bilateral talks would also be about health, tourism, investment, education, and agriculture apart from discussing about trade, defense, and technology. This visit by the present Pakistan Prime Minister will be the first visit after the visit by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016. Prior to this, Khan had visited the island nation in 1986, when he was the captain of the cricket team of Pakistan during the test series where he had accused the local umpires of being biased. Khan will visit Sri Lanka amid the controversy that the Muslim minority people of the island who have died due to coronavirus disease, are forcefully cremated. There have been many objections from several right groups over the policy of forced cremations of the minority group by the government.
A group of International Rights called Amnesty International had requested PM Khan, in an open letter, to raise the issue of these forceful cremations during his visit to the island country. The letter sent by Amnesty International read, “We urge you to raise this issue of forced cremations at the highest levels possible during your visit to Sri Lanka, in solidarity with a minority community who has been stripped of any means of recourse. We urge you to call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to stop forced cremations and to bring to end discrimination faced by the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.”