INSSSL Annual Lecture Series feature Late Colonel Fazly Laphir
[August 07 2019]
Another segment of the Annual Lecture Series of the
Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) was conducted
at the Auditorium at Suhurupaya in Battaramulla, today (07 August
The lecture, this year was conducted on late Colonel
Fazly Laphir PWV RWP RSP, Commanding Officer of the 1st Special Forces
Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army who laid down his life leading a daring
operation to relieve the besieged Mullaithivu Army base on 18th July,
1996. The late Colonel Laphir volunteering to lead the rescue mission
was air dropped under heavy enemy fire. He was severely wounded during
the operation but continued to lead his men but later sacrificed his
life due to an explosion in the battleground.
His courageous act on that day to save the lives of
1500 comrades, he was awarded the “Parama Weera Vibhushanaya”, the
highest award for valour in Sri Lanka and posthumously promoted to the
rank of Colonel.
The lecture programme commenced with the observing of a moment of
silence in memory of all fallen War Heroes, which was followed by a
video presentation on the late Colonel Laphir. The message of the
Secretary Defence was read by
the Coordinating Secretary & Advisor to the Secretary Defence, Mr. Suren Dayaratne.
The lecture was delivered by Brigadier HP Ranasinghe
under the theme “Epic of a War Hero Colonel AF Laphir PWV RWP RSP”.
Founder of the Special Forces Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi (Rtd)
also spoke on the occasion.
Mrs. Anoma Laphir, Director General of the INSSSL Mr.
Asanga Abeyagunasekara, senior Tri Forces officers including the Army
Chief of Staff Major General Shavendra Silva and Air Force Chief of
Staff Air Vice Marshal SK Pathirana, Commandant of the STF SDIG MR
Latheef, past commanders, members of the
diplomatic corps and special invitees were also present at the occasion.