MP Nazim: Do not believe Islamic unity in the Maldives is being upheld

MNP's leader Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Naail Hussain)

Maldives National Party (MNP)’s leader, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim said on Wednesday that he does not believe Islamic unity in the Maldives is being upheld.

Nazim made the remark during an exclusive interview to Sun on the occasion of Maldives’ Independence Day.

In this regard, he stated that an MNP government will prioritize efforts to ensure the political and economic independence of Maldives and ensure Islamic unity within the nation. He stressed that MNP will not cower to undertake any tasks necessary to protect the Islamic religion, the Maldivian nation and its people as well as to uphold the constitution.

“We have lost our sense of security because of dependency on one country. Moreover, I do not believe today that our Islamic unity is being upheld,” he had said.

Referring to remarks recently made by Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed without mentioning his name – Nazim said that instead of political leaders issuing Fatwas, the Supreme Council for Fatwa of the Maldives should be empowered to clarify doubts on religious matters for citizens.

“The paralysis of the Supreme Council for Fatwa of the Maldives should be brought to an end,” he added.

Underscoring that the security and safety of Maldives have been significantly lost – Nazim also said that dependency on a few countries economically has resulted in the Maldivian economy being placed at a delicate spot.

He went on to state that in an MNP government – they would work to transform Maldives to a self-sufficient nation that is not reliant on neighboring countries. He added that awareness would be created amongst citizens on protecting the Islamic religion.

“In a government of ours, we would ensure that Maldives is a country with independence and sovereignty. A country free of influence from others. Insha Allah,” he had said.

Nazim who had also previously served as the Defense Minister said that MNP’s aim is to ensure Maldives has full independence in the international community. On this note, he said that his party will ensure that Maldives adheres to fair policies without bias toward a foreign power or a nation.

“MNP will work to build love amongst the youth for the Islamic religion and strengthen Islamic unity,” he added.

Reiterating that MNP will always be ready to undertake any task for the benefit of the people – Nazim said that the party is not one to follow a certain person. He stressed that the party’s biggest aim is to make the Maldivian nation a country where its citizens are self-sufficient.