Male: Picturesque Maldives is turning
into another Pakistan where the military plays a dominant
role, country`s former National Security Advisor during ousted
president Mohamed Nasheed`s regime claimed on Monday.
"Pakistan is a country among the SAARC nations which
always had military backing the government. This was the first
time in the history of Maldives that such a thing has
happened," Ameen Faisal, who was also Maldivian High
Commissioner Designate to India, said here.
"On December 23, when all the protests started, we had
the fundamental Islamists movements involved in that. And we
do have extremists elements in Maldives," Faisal said.
The former NSA stressed that on December 23, some of the
people who came on the streets were "members of the extremists
elements in Maldives. And that is a concern we have".
Sitting right next to a replica of the Dhruv helicopter
in his house, Faisal, who has also been the Defence Minister
of the country, added, "It is a very bad and unfortunate
precedent to happen here like Pakistan because no leader there
could stay in power without the blessings of the military".
He said Maldives was becoming another Pakistan
buttressing his point that a coup took place in Maldives last
Asked if it all means that terror organisations can set a
base in this archipelago like in Pakistan, he said, "Presently
we do not have such kind of cell or modules in Maldives."
"It is known, you can`t deny the fact that we have had
Maldivians going to Afghanistan, going to jihad. It is a known
fact." He however added that the military would not allow such
bases to come up.
But he claimed that extremists and hardliners were
gaining ground in this country and they played an active role
in ousting President Nasheed.