ANI Photo | Maldives opposition leader says he is on “extra time in life” after calling on President Muizzu to apologize to PM Modi

Soon after calling on President Mohammed Muizzu to apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldives Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim has said that he is on “extra time” in his life.
Jumhooree Party Leader Qasim, in an interview with a local channel in Male, said that he is on “extra time in life”.
He made these statements after recently calling on President Muizzu to apologise to Prime Minister Modi for how he talked after returning from his state visit to China.
It is unclear at this point why he was making these comments.
Whether he was referring to specific threats to his life or some medical reasons is not yet known.
As he went on to say, the Maldivian opposition leader mentioned that his wife, Aishath Nahla, who was in President Solih’s cabinet, is keen to go into politics, according to local media. The local pundits view it as Gasim preparing to step down from leadership of the Jumhooree Party under the pressure of President Muizzu for the call to apologise to PM Modi.
The Maldives Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim called on Maldivian President Mohammed Muizzu to formally apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India, Voice of Maldives, a Maldivian digital news outlet, reported.
“Regarding any country, especially a neighbouring one, we shouldn’t speak in a way that affects the relationship. We have an obligation to our state that must be considered. President Solih did consider this obligation and issued a Presidential Decree banning the “India Out” campaign. Now, Yameen is questioning why Muizzu, who participated with him in the India Out Campaign, has not nullified the Presidential Decree,” he said.
He added, “The decree should not be nullified, as it would only result in a loss to the nation. That cannot be done. I would tell Muizzu that it shouldn’t be done. Also, I call on President Muizzu to formally apologise to the Indian government and Prime Minister Modi regarding his remarks after the China trip.”
Earlier last year, then Maldives President Ibrahim Solih signed a decree stating that the opposition’s ‘India Out’ campaign is a “threat to national security”. This allows security agencies to take down campaign banners and provides constitutional cover to take action against opposition parties.
The opposition, led by former president Abdulla Yameen of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), was spearheading an ‘India Out’ campaign for over the last year, propagating the unproven claim that Indian military officers stationed in the Indian Ocean island nation are a violation of the Maldives’ sovereignty.
The campaign’s implicit target was then Maldivian President Solih and the Maldivian Democratic Party, both perceived as close to India.
Notably, Solih was one of the prominent Maldives leaders to condemn the derogatory remarks made by some junior ministers, which led to a diplomatic standoff between the two nations. India and the Maldives on January 14 “agreed to fast-track the withdrawal of Indian military personnel” from the island nation, according to the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The removal of Indian troops in the Maldives was the main campaign plank of Muizzu’s party during the presidential elections. Currently, there are around 70 Indian troops, along with Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft and two HAL Dhruv helicopters, stationed On the second day of assuming office, Muizzu officially requested the Indian government withdraw its military personnel from the Maldives.

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