Rishad: Mus­lim lead­ers to ag­i­tate across many fronts


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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

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