Abduction, extortion claims baseless - Muslim Ministers
COLOMBO: Claiming the recent allegations of abductions and extortion
to be totally unfounded and baseless, Muslim Government leaders
categorically ruled out resigning from their posts.
Addressing the media at the Information Department Auditorium in
Narahenpita, in response to Kegalle District UNP Parliamentarian Kabir
Hashim’s demand for quitting posts, in their failure to ensure the
safety of Muslim businessmen, Muslim Government leaders, comprising
Ministers A. H. M. Fowzie, Amir Ali and Rishard Bathurdeen, Western
Province Governor Alavi Moulana, SLMC General Secretary Nizam Kariappar
and Presidential Advisor A. H. M. Azwer strongly ruled out their
resignations based on this issue.
Fowzie said although there were rumours that around 20 Muslim
businessmen had paid millions of rupees as ransom, on inquiry and
investigation by them, only two such cases had been detected.
“It has not been known yet who was responsible for these two
incidents. We are still investigating and the other rumours for which no
complaint has been made yet. If it is proved that the Government is
involved, we will then definitely resign from the Government.
But we are definite that the government is not at all involved. The
Government has taken full responsibility of investigating and arresting
We are not merely watching, but taking all steps at our disposal to
find the culprits and punish them,” Fowzie said.
Kariappar said that there are very serious doubts on the veracity of
the rumours as their investigations too proved them to be unfounded.
Azwer was of the view that this was solely a political conspiracy of the
UNP and Zionism in which Ranil Wickremesinghe was the local agent.