Adhaalath to meet pres over contentious MDN report

Ruling coalition partner, Adhaalath Party will be meeting President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih over the report issued by Maldives Democracy Network (MDN) on radicalization of Islam in the Maldives.

The religiously conservative party made the decision to meet the President to request action against the human rights advocates on Sunday.

The report titled "Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in Maldives" assessed how 'radical' Islam was practiced in the Maldives, describing Islam and Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) in derogatory terms, and in contradiction with the principles of Islam.

The contents of the report have prompted harsh criticism from the public and religious scholars, with scores expressing their outrage and concern on the report.

Adhaalath Party announced that the party will also be meeting with Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof, Islamic Minister Dr Ahmed Zahir and Home Minister Imran Abdulla to express their concerns on the issue.

While Home Minister Imran Abdulla is the leader of Adhaalath Party and in charge of Maldives Police, Islamic Minister Ahmed Zahir was appointed as a cabinet minister on a slot granted to Adhaalath party. Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof is in charge of clubs and organizations.

Both Adhaalath Party and Islamic Ministry have filed police cases against MDN over the contents of the report.