Motion seeks to probe whether MNDF fulfilled duties during protest near parliament

Pro-government protestors outside the Parliament on January 28, 2024. (Photo/Infinite Moments/Moosa Nadheem)

A motion has been filed with Parliament’s National Security Services Committee seeking to probe whether officials from MNDF and police fulfilled their duties and responsibilities with respect to the protest outside the parliament building this afternoon.

The motion was filed by The Demcorats’ North Galolhu MP Eva Abdulla.

Her motion underscored that Article 105 of the constitution mandated national security services to oversee the security of the parliament building, all property attached thereto and all offices and facilities where its work is conducted.

As per the motion, protestors had climbed up the outer walls of the parliament building and threw various objects inside the building.

Hence, Eva said the motion was submitted seeking to inquire whether the security services had appropriately fulfilled the responsibilities they have been bestowed by the law with respect to Sunday afternoon’s incident.

An extraordinary sitting of the Parliament was slated for Sunday, with the cabinet’s approval on agenda. Ahead of the sitting, main opposition MDP decided to withhold parliamentary approval to four ministers which prompted pro-government MPs to obstruct the sitting from proceeding.

It eventually escalated to violence which saw ruling coalition’s Kanditheemu MP Abdulla Shaheem sustain a laceration to his head.

PPM-PNC coalition, in an earlier statement, said will submit the violent altercation to the relevant authorities for investigation.