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Hizbullah to release manifesto on Friday, declare his stance

Presidential candidate Dr. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah speaks at the press briefing at Akkaraipattu Ainah Beach View Garden recently. Picture by Addalaichenai Group Corr.
Presidential candidate Dr. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah speaks at the press briefing at Akkaraipattu Ainah Beach View Garden recently. Picture by Addalaichenai Group Corr.

Presidential candidate Dr. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah said he is contesting the Presidential Election not to win, but to protect the Muslim community and ensure their integrity.

“My manifesto containing all our issues and demands will be released on October 25 and would be delivered to all. Only after that, my stand on the Presidential candidate would be made public,” Hizbullah said.

“Those who could not understand my political strategy are criticising me. I know politics and possess vast experience in this field. Hence, I need not learn any lessons on politics from those who only preach,” he said at a press briefing at Akkaraipattu Ainah Beach View Garden recently.

Answering questions raised by reporters, Hizbullah said in spite of the fact that he was fully aware that he would lose in the forthcoming Presidential race, his intention was to fight for the rights of the Muslim community.

He also raised questions as to what extent Muslim leaders are concerned about their community. “What demands have the Muslim leaders put forward to the New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premedasa in the interest of Muslims in Sri Lanka? At a time when Tamil parties are still preparing their demands in consultation with each other with regard to the welfare and integrity of the Tamil community, our Muslim leaders are just talking on platforms when there are lots of issues to be discussed and solved. Our leaders are concerned about their positions and their welfare.”

“Did they at any instance raise their voice for the rights of the Muslims? At least for the future, have they submitted any demands of our community?” Hizbullah asked.

He said Muslims have undergone great hardship during the tenure of the Yahapalana government and many of their issues remain unsolved. “Considering the past, we should empower ourselves to negotiate with the Presidential candidates and try to solve our problems and other issues,” he said.


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