In solidarity with Egypt: Plea for campaign against Mursi ouster

Clerics will condemn the recent military coup in Egypt during Friday’s sermons.

Umar Draz July 10, 2013
Qazi Hussain Ahmed died on January 6 at the age of 74 in Islamabad. PHOTO: FILE


Leaders of different religious parties and groups under the platform of Milli Yakjheti Council (MYC) appealed on Tuesday to religious scholars and clerics across the country to launch a protest campaign against the military coup in Egypt.

All religious scholars and mosque clerics will condemn the recent military coup against President Mohamed Mursi in Egypt during next Friday sermons followed by protest rallies in all major cities.

“Firing and killing 51 people when they are offering prayers was an act of brutality by the Egyptian army which was highly condemnable,” said MYC’s vice president Asif Luqman Qazi, a son of former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

MYC is a consortium of both Sunni and Shia religious parties including JI, Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and other religious groups. It was the brainchild of the late Qazi Hussain with the purpose to unite all religious parties on a common ground and work towards establishing peace and harmony, MYC statement said.

Qazi, while condemning the military’s recent “atrocities” in Egypt against pro-Mursi protestors and the very act of toppling his government and suspending the constitution said that the Egyptian army was acting on the directions of their masters, the United States of America.

He lodged an appeal to the Muslim Ummah to unite against the military coup in Egypt and the killing of Muslims. “What kind of army opens fire on its own people?” asked Qazi. He called upon the international community to support the majority in Egypt for the restoration of Mursi’s legitimate government.

MYC leader Maulana Amin Shaheedi added that the military coup in any part of the world was condemnable. He said the entire episode staged by the Egyptian army was scripted by the US which did not want to see an Islamic government in Egypt.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.