The Government has cleared the arrival of a special flight carrying the Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community and his entourage from Mumbai in India.
His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was first scheduled to arrive in June but the visit was delayed. The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) revealed this week that permission had been granted for the community leader and his team–54 from Mumbai and eight from Dubai–to arrive in Sri Lanka “within the next few days”. It said the Foreign Ministry had sanctioned the visit “without concurrence of Health Ministry officials”.
The Sunday Times first reported in June that Dr Syedna was to sojourn here amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He will take a special aircraft and retire to the Bohra community’s retreat in Bandarawela, the Anasa Wellness Resort.
Sri Lanka has become a favoured destination of the community in the recent past. Last year, the sect’s annual Ashara Mubaraka gathering was held here, drawing thousands of followers.
Source : Sunday Times