Rishad: Muslim leaders to agitate across many fronts
SAYS THEY WILL GO TO UN AND POWERFUL OIC
In a new twist in the ongoing political imbroglio, local Muslim leaders who resigned from their Cabinet portfolios are now preparing to agitate across a wide array of local and international stakeholders, a statement from the office of former minister Rishad Bathiudeen said.
They will shortly be meeting the United Nations (UN) Resident Representative in Sri Lanka and also the powerful Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (Oic)–the world’s second largest inter-governmental organization after the UN.
“We decided to take several collective actions in the next few days...to meet members of the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka, the UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka and we will also be meeting members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to state our case,” said Mr. Bathiudeen MP.
Bathiudeen MP, accompanied by other MPS and members of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress, was addressing the press yesterday (7) after he visited the Police HQ in Colombo to lodge a complaint with the IGP.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the collective voice of the Muslim world. OIC has a membership of 57 countries across four continents and claims to safeguard and look after the interests of Muslims across the world.
“MP Wimal Weerawansa has been throwing irresponsible and false accusations at me and is creating an inter-ethnic issue by his actions. His conspiratorial accusations are divisive and is creating ethnic hatred by their very nature” said Bathiudeen MP
“Today I complained to the IGP against this, calling for an immediate inquiry and legal action by the police. We do not have any dealings with this terrorist, Zahran. I never met Zahran nor have I seen him.therefore MP Weerawansa’s allegations that Zahran used vehicles belonging to SATHOSA that was under me for his terrorist activities,is totally false.it is also irresponsible.also S.B Dissanayake MP is exacting political revenge from me now since I did not extend my support to them during the 52-day anti-democratic coup in October 2018.Today we also filed a complaint against him for the false claims he is making against me and his malicious propaganda.we Muslim MPS always cohabited with other ethnic groups of Sri Lanka and we never supported ISIS or any form of terrorism.therefore statements by MPS Weerawansa and Dissanayake are creating rifts in our country where Muslims were attacked in places like Minuwangoda and Kuliyapitiya by persons who also acted like terrorists. It was Dissanayake and Weerawansa who were behind such terrorist acts. Muslim religious leaders, political leaders and Muslims in areas such as Sainthamarudu extended their fullest support to wipe out terrorists as well. We are also of the firm belief that ISIS terrorism should be wiped out.at a time when we are trying to voice this consensus and helping to eradicate terrorists it is very sad that such allegations are levelled at us by these MPS and therefore we have filed our complaint today. Muslim ministers did not step down just because these MPS nor the opposition asked us to resign, but out of concern for the country. We respect the call by the Most