Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana (born June 25, 1956) is a popular Sri Lankan politician. He has been politically active since 1988, and was Member of Parliament from August 19, 1994 to December 05, 2001, and from April 09, 2004 to June 23, 2004, under the label of the United National Party. Moulana is currently the Minister of Economic Affairs for the Sri Lankan Embassy to the United States. He is most noted for his extensive contribution to the peace process of Sri Lanka, especially in the Eastern region of the island nation, and also for his controversial role of aiding the renegade LTTE commander Colonel Karuna in fleeing from the east to the capital city of Colombo, and his resignation from the Parliament of Sri Lanka thereafter. His role in the Karuna affair has now proven to be a key component to peace in Sri Lanka, as the renegade leader Colonel Karuna, has moved into the democratic mainstream of Sri Lanka by starting up his own party, the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal.