|Ashraff Congress to carry forward ideals of late leader -
by Franklin R. Satyapalan
Dr. A. L. M. Hafrath, General Secretary of the newly launched "Ashraff Congress" said that it was a peoples renaissance movement launched on February 25, 2003 with a view to exposing ideas and ideals of late SLMC leader M. H. M. Ashraff into practice.
This peoples movement will address those outstanding issues of social, cultural, educational upliftment and also human rights.
Addressing the local and foreign media at Hotel Galadhari on Monday evening said that they were fighting for equal rights for all three communities in the North East with particular emphasis on the human rights with the motive of ensuring the integrity and unity of Sri Lanka.
"This movement is not meant to be a political party, hence any citizen of this country who wants to espouse the above mentioned objectives would be free to join and for contribute towards this movement.
The chairman of Ashraff Congress Minister A. L. M. Athaullah, President M. Subairdeen, National Organizer M. J. M. Muzzamil, Vice President Deputy Minister A. L. M. Mohideen and several members of the High Command were present.
Chairman Minister A. L. M. Athaullah said the ideas and ideals of late leader M. H. M. Ashraff have not fully seen the light of the day from the day of his demise. As such there is now a necessity to revive and rejuvenate these objectives and it is this necessity that prompted the formation of this movement.
He said it could be noted that the people who were very close to late leader Marhoom M. H. M. Ashraff during his lifetime have become the pioneers of this movement.
"Let us join together to promote and achieve peace and prosperity while ensuring the unity among different communities which will pave the way for the economic and social emancipation of our people which will in turn form the basis for the unity and territorial integrity of our country.
"We want to express the truth to the country and we will be enlisting organizers throughout the country shortly said chairman of Ashraff Congress Minister A. L. M. Athaullah yesterday.
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