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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Fowzie despises Hakeem's entry into the government

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com): A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development said that if Muslim Congress Leader RAuf Hakeem is taken to the folds of the government, Hakeem would destroy the government and therefore he never approves Hakeem's entry into the government. He told this to a group of journalists at a press briefing held in his Ministry last week, in an answer to a query by a journalist whether the rumor that was spreading that Rauf Hakeem is to join the government was true.

Fowzie said taking Hakeem would be dangerous because he would ultimately destroy the party. He said earlier Hakeem's party got six seats but now it has been reduced to two and even he got these votes as he was proclaiming that he would be joining the government he would be requesting for the Shipping portfolio. Fowzie said that without Hakeem they have a great strength and with this strength they should go forward.

Fowzie said that people like Hakeem were the people who discredited Mahinda Rajapakse's position during the election campaign that if Mahinda Rajapakse came to power churches would be destroyed, Christians would be attacked, cattle slaughter would be stopped etc.

He also said that he visited Saudi Arabia and had discussion with regard to three Sri Lankan men who were convicted to death due to some involvement in armed struggle.

He said he had an audience with the Saudi Crown Prince, Sulthan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Sadi for 25 minutes and assured that he would convey the request to the SAudi King for some remission on the sentence, though usually the Royalty would not interfere with the law enforcement in Saudi Arabia.

Fowzie said that he has handed over a special request by President Mahinda Rajapakse with regard to the death sentences of the three Sri Lankan to be sent to the King of Saudi Arabia.

- Asian Tribune -

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