Colombo, June 3 (BAN/ AD): In a unprecedented move today all Muslim ministers including cabinet, state and deputy ministers in the Sri Lankan government have decided to resign from immediate effect. They did this citing the government’s failure to protect Muslims from violence that followed post Easter Sunday attacks.
Cabinet Ministers Rishad Bathiudeen, Rauff Hakeem, Kabir Hashim, AHM Haleem and five deputy ministers including Deputy Ministers Ali Shahir Moulana and AHM Fowzie have decided to resign from their posts.
Kabir Hashim Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development announced the decision after a news conference at Temple Trees this afternoon. He added that authorities must investigate the allegations against his team.
Rauff Hakeem said “Resigned from my cabinet ministerial portfolio along with my Muslim fellow parliamentarians with the paramount interest in safeguarding the international reputation of our motherland Sri Lanka and the protection and wellbeing of all people of our country.” He added “We want to reestablish the reconciliation and peace in the country and a proper investigation into the allegations made against the Muslims should be conducted. We hope at least within a month, allegations, if any can be directed to the CID and take a decision.”