Speaker of Parliament and former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed stated that he has lost his trust in Home Minister Imran Abdulla.
Nasheed made the statement in a text message sent via Whatsapp to main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Parliamentary Group.
In his message, Nasheed said he lost trust in Imran due to his failure to take action against those calling for killing and violence in the country.
Later on Sunday night, Nasheed posted a tweet stating that allowing the spread of hatred and unrest in the country is unacceptable. In his tweet, he said that legal action must be taken against all those who advocate for violence and bloodshed.
After a report on radicalization in Maldives prepared by Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) recently came to light, the whole country has been calling to take action against MDN as the report challenged Islamic principles and referred to Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) in derogatory terms. While some high-profile individuals refuse to condemn the report, those refusing to accept the issues with the report continue to defend it by speaking about those with extremist ideologies.
Several islands across the country have been organizing peaceful gatherings in protest of the report. Recently, a video was circulated on social media where a group at such a gathering called for bloodshed. While some question the authenticity of the video, others have been calling on authorities to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against the group.
Meanwhile, former Vice President of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has also voiced his thoughts on Nasheed's statement. Criticizing Nasheed, Jameel questioned what the Home Minister had done for Nasheed to lose his trust in him. He further called out Nasheed for discriminating against the Home Minister, and asked why it bothered Nasheed when people called to defend Islam when he saw no problems with those slandering Islam.