For Maldivians India is a liberator not occupier: Ex-President Nasheed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2018 08:35:04




Nasheed’s reaction comes after China warns against any military intervention in the Maldives, saying, such a move will complicate the situation in Maldives

In 1988 India had helped Maldives to defeat a coup by mercenaries after a call from the then Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom


EXILED former President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday asked India to play its role of “liberators” and intervene militarily to resolve the ongoing political turmoil in Maldives, in a rebuke to China which has opposed military intervention and called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

China has warned against any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation in the island nation where embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who is closely allied with Beijing, declared a state of Emergency on Monday and arrested two top judges.

“Saying ‘resolve things internally’ is akin to asking us to escalate the revolt, which can lead to chaos. Maldivians see India’s role positively: in ‘88 they came, resolved the crisis, and left. They were not occupiers but liberators. This is why Maldivians look to India now,” Nasheed tweeted.
Nasheed, whose Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) functions from Colombo, had appealed for India’s help on Tuesday.

“We would like the Indian Government to send an envoy, backed by its military, to free the judges and the political detainees, including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, from their detention and to bring them to their homes. We are asking for a physical presence,” Nasheed had tweeted.

In 1988, the then Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom had sought India’s help to defeat a coup by mercenaries. India responded to his call and dispatched troops to the Maldives to restore order in the country. Most of the Indian soldiers returned home after order was restored in the island nation.
The picturesque Indian Ocean archipelago, which has seen a number of political crisis since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president Nasheed in 2012, plunged into a political chaos on Thursday when the apex court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”.

Concerned over political crisis in Maldives, India on Tuesday said that it was “disturbed” on the declaration of the Emergency by the Maldivian Government.