Nov 07, 2016

Milinda in China-aided move to lure Gotabhaya! Featured

The Pathfinder Institute that is having close ties with the Chinese government is continuing with its plans to bring ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to politics.

On November 01, its chairman Milinda Moragoda met with ministers Faizer Mustafa and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena at Colombo Club, Hotel Taj Samudra to discuss this.

They had discussed about making use of the brewing political dispute between the SLFP and the UNP, with China’s support, and bring Gotabhaya to the political fore.

The Pathfinder Institute has entered into an understanding with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) to field Gotabhaya as the SLFP’s presidential or prime ministerial candidate in 2020, ‘Sathhanda’ reports.

Dealing with China’s foreign policy, CICIR is supervised by the ruling Communist Party and has direct ties with the defence and foreign ministries.

It studies Sri Lanka through its Institute of South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Moragoda as well as the two ministers with whom he had discussions are said to be very good friends of Sirasa media network owner Killy Maharaja.

Sirasa is opposed to the prime minister and is making attempts against the present government, according to political analysts.