Muslim MPs resigned to protect Yahapalana Govt. and not Rishad Bathiudeen - Kabir | Daily News
PCoI probing Easter Sunday terror attacks

Muslim MPs resigned to protect Yahapalana Govt. and not Rishad Bathiudeen - Kabir

Former UNP chairman and Samagi Jana Balawegaya General Secretary Kabir Hashim told the Presidential Commission to Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks on Thursday that Muslim MPs resigned from the Yahapalana Government to protect the government and not to protect Rishad Bathiudeen after a No-Confidence Motion was brought against him following the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

“The No-Confidence Motion filed against Rishad Bathiudeen after the Easter Sunday terror attacks had a drastic impact on the government. As the chairman of the UNP, Sinhala MPs told me that I would not be able to cast my vote. I then told former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that this was brought to defeat us. When Rishad Bathiudeen was asked to resign from the ministry post he said no. At that time Ven. Rathana Thera went on a death fast. I talked to the Prime Minister and said I would step down. An opinion had been formed against Muslim ministers. I thought confidence would be built when everyone resigned from their positions. We resigned from our positions thinking of the United National Party and the country,” Hashim said.

He also said that he had twice informed the Cabinet about extremists and that he had nothing to do with the The Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) and that it would be completely false statement if anyone suggested such a thing.

He told the Commission that not all Muslims were extremists and that he was a Sri Lankan who practiced Islam and that 85% of Sinhala Buddhists and 5.5% Muslims voted for him.