Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday rejected allegations that he had connections with the terrorists involved in the Easter Sunday attack as reported in media.
He said it was a mud-sling campaign launched by political opponents ahead of the presidential election.
“This is a politically motivated conspiracy to tarnish my image and to take political advantage ahead of the presidential election. I have been in parliament as an MP for 25 years and had represented various committees in parliament. There has been no allegation against me,” he said.
Mr. Hakeem said he had acted impartially in the activities of the PSC on the Easter Sunday attack and had never influenced any committee member or a witness who testified before the committee.
He said Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was behind this mud-slinging campaign and was trying to provoke Buddhist and Islamic people against him to obtain votes.
He said the SLPP Batticaloa District Muslim Division Organiser M.S.M. Ziyad, who was closely associating with the SLPP, was behind these false accusations.
Clarifying the photos being shared on media which shows Mr. Hakeem with a terrorist of the Easter Sunday attack in a hospital, he said he only bumped into him when he visited another patient in the hospital. Showing a photo, he said SLPP Batticaloa District Muslim Division Organiser M.S.M. Ziyad was also there with him at the time.
He said it was unfair to level allegations only against him and said the terrorists involved in the April 21 attack had not been identified as terrorists in 2015 and added that it was normal for politicians to meet with different people. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
No way out, hakeem knew him well, relevant institutions should take action, don't take Rev. cardinal's behavior as weakness
johan Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:43 AM
The idea of the SLPP is to destabilize the country
and achieve their goals.Now they think masses do not know why they went for 2015 Presidential election when there were two years left over.
Raja Senanayake Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:57 AM
Knowing a criminal doesnt make one an associate of a criminal. Our politics is so unfair and far from the gentlemanly conduct of democratic politcs in Britain from whom we inherited the system . We have failed to follow the gentlemanly conduct of politics from the British. Shame on our politicians drawn from the riff raff. Unfortunately our middle class English educated eschew politics and leave it to crooks. Its necessary for such gentlemen to enter politics if we are to change the system.
peter Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:41 AM
SLPP can only survive by flaming racial issues and follow the age old divide and rule policy
M P Fernando Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:47 AM
According to Hakeem, Saharan's brother was in a hospital bed next to a pregnant lady. A man was in a maternity ward???
Ajja Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:39 PM
It is such occasions that are perfectly described by our old saying "aba ke evunge mole danawa". if you have been responsible for any action then you may be suffering mentally and physically and hence make such utterances.
Hubert Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:53 PM
As long as roudies in the house no need for explanations
rank G Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:27 PM
those politicians are handlers and patrons of those terrorists, they give political backing and cover them from law enforcing institutions , one reason to be backlog the file about saharan is one of it.
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