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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

The STF Has A Major Role To Play – Defense Secretary

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 30 May, (

The Special Task Force (STF) has a major role to play in countering extremism and organized crimes, including drug mafia, said Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne.

Addressing the STF troops during his maiden visit to STF headquarters since he assumed duties as the Defence Secretary, Major General Gunaratne commended the contribution given by the STF to maintain national security.

"The STF had consistently proved its talents and professionalism in counter-terrorism and busting drug trafficking." he said.

He added; "The STF, which is the elite force of the Police, would be in high demand not only as a law enforcement authority, but also as a trained force in fighting against organized crimes."

Over 700 STF personnel, had severe injuries during the war against LTTE terrorism, and it had kept a remarkable stride in Sri Lanka’s 30-years long war fighting with LTTE terrorism, in which many heroic men and women of the STF had sacrificed with their lives and limbs.

The Defence Secretary, recalled his three-decade long experience as a decorated military officer, and said the STF troops were specially trained soldiers who had demonstrated their professionalism as an elite force during the war and also pronounced their lethality and efficiency in the ongoing fight against drugs and narcotics.

Major General Gunaratne also highlighted the importance of uniting all intelligence agencies, which worked in isolation during the last regime, under the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to revive the network to maintain the national security.

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