Pakistan asks Egypt for Morsi's immediate release

Published: July 26, 2013
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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a rally around Rabaa Adawiya square where they are camping, in Cairo July 26, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a rally around Rabaa Adawiya square where they are camping, in Cairo July 26, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a rally around Rabaa Adawiya square where they are camping, in Cairo July 26, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS The Foreign Office stated that Pakistan was opposed to military interventions for resolution of disputes in any country.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called for an immediate release of ousted Egypt president Muhammad Morsi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

According to a press release, the foreign office stated that the ousting of Morsi was a major setback for Egypt’s return to democracy and to the achievement of aims and objectives of the January 2011 revolution.

“As is well known, Pakistan and Egypt enjoy close and friendly relations based on strong bonds of fraternity, mutual respect and common aspirations of the peoples of the two countries. It is therefore with a sense of deep concern that Pakistan wishes to express its anguish at the loss of innocent lives in the violence which has currently engulfed Egypt,” the press release stated.

Having itself suffered from repeated extra-constitutional interventions, the foreign office stated that Pakistan was opposed to military interventions for resolution of disputes in any country.

Pakistan therefore urged all sides in Egypt to address the legal and constitutional issues in an inclusive and peaceful manner to enable the country to successfully restore the democratic institutions as early as possible, the office said.

“It is the earnest hope of the Government and the people of Pakistan that the great nation of Egypt would be able to deal with its affairs in a manner that ensures political stability, sustained democracy and development of their country and prosperity and well-being of its people,” it said.

Morsi and several Muslim leaders have been detained since the military drove him from power on July 3 in response to massive protests calling for his ouster.

Almost 200 people have died in political unrest since the end of June, according to an AFP tally, many of them in clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents and in militants’ attacks in the Sinai.

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  • Jul 26, 2013 - 3:42PM

    A very possitive step by the government of the Islamic Republic Pakistan!!!! Pakistan Zindabaad

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  • Hameed
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Egyptian have no concern of morsi release, but we have, strange ? Better we have to concentrate on our own mess that we have created than some body else

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  • Ahmed
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:17PM

    I always used to wonder that democratically any religious party came into power in Pakistan will the secular-liberal accept their policies?

    Seeing what happened in Egypt i got my answer. They will never be happy unless religion is no more in any sphere of life, which by the way will never happen.

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  • john
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Muslim brotherhood terrorists supporting each other? surprise??

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  • Khan
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Pakistan problems are not concern at all for egypt, then why should we bothered aboout them ?

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  • Pankaj
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:27PM

    LOL… what a Irony !!!

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  • Jayesh
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:42PM

    There is a proverb that ‘ one is more patriotic than the king himself ‘.Egyptian have no worry, but pakistanis are concerned about them.

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  • Ahmed
    Jul 26, 2013 - 4:49PM

    We have enough problem in our country, but our government is bothered about others business.I think it better to stop our crocodile tears.

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  • Procastinator
    Jul 26, 2013 - 5:09PM

    June 26, 2013: Democratic govt of Pak

    Pakistan has called for an immediate release of democratically elected & now ousted Egypt president Muhammad Morsi,

    Couple of days later: Military ruler of Egypt
    Egypt has called for an immediate release of ousted Pakistani president Pervez Musharaff,

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  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Can Egypt demand that perpetrators of Gojra incident be prosecuted and punished?

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  • Mj
    Jul 26, 2013 - 5:17PM

    @Ahmed:

    Will a theocracy respect the rights of liberals not to abide by religious laws? I think not. Theocracies are by nature dictatorial and totalitarian.

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  • Polpot
    Jul 26, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Lerts swap Musahrraf with Morsi
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    Happy Ending.

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  • Jamil
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:02PM

    The Muslim brotherhood are the true party of Islam. They represent the heart of the suffering massses. The people of Egypt have said they want an end to the Secular-liberal and finally after years of persecution they are in power and the securlar-liberals launch a coup. Seculars everywhere you are finished. The people have had enough they want an Islamic state.

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  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Egypt should demand that perpetrators of attack on Supreme Court and those involved in Asghar Khan case should be prosecuted.

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  • xor
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:14PM

    What about Mumbai false flag and recent massacre and protests in Kashmir?

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  • Anon
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:34PM

    @Mj: But they’re still democracies!

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  • Anon
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Just realised this had happened, did they? FO seems a little late on the uptake!

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:35PM

    The American’s asked for his release two weeks ago.

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  • Ifran
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:36PM

    @Ahmed
    I suppose you supported General Zia. You will support anyone democratic or a dictator as long they support the agenda of JUI.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 26, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @john:
    Just like any other caucasian fascist …!

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  • ali
    Jul 26, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Iranian backed extremist shiite and their lobby wont let pakistan criticize iran, syria and lebaneseterror group hzbolA for the génocide of sunni muslims in syria.

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  • Shamy
    Jul 26, 2013 - 7:13PM

    “It is therefore with a sense of deep concern that Pakistan wishes to express its anguish at the loss of innocent lives in the violence which has currently engulfed Egypt,” Are you Seriously kidding me ??? What about the loss of innocent lives in Pakistan ??? Fix that first !

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  • Anand
    Jul 26, 2013 - 7:31PM

    @Procrastinator

    Brilliant idea.

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  • bugti
    Jul 26, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Now that Pakistan has asked, Egyptian army will release Morsi immediately

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  • Luciferous
    Jul 26, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Oh..what a beautiful goal!!
    Damn….another own goal!
    That besides, an interesting observation: Present day “Muslim” militaries from North Africa to SE Asia have one thing in common; all have suffered humiliating defeats in combat but have impeccable record of conquering their own countries. The commanding officers have very sharp business acumen and run these organizations as a very successful commercial ventures.
    Even Wall Street and Mr. Buffett could learn a thing or two from them.

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  • D-Liberal
    Jul 26, 2013 - 8:13PM

    These so called liberals are the biggest enemies of Islam within the muslims.

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  • Arbab
    Jul 26, 2013 - 8:18PM

    A positive message to strengthen democracies around the globe …

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  • SANAA
    Jul 26, 2013 - 8:49PM

    In Poll Result, those who opted for Disagree represent Indian Population!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This meant How much Indians read Pakistani E-Papers.??????

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  • sattar rind
    Jul 26, 2013 - 8:56PM

    we 1st may control our terrorist and solve other huge issues of our country than to intervene in others issue

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  • sattar rind
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:09PM

    we should not support a brotherhood ex president .. he were bound to create mess all over the world.

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  • csmann
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:31PM

    No harm in asking;but will Egyptians listen?

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  • Mj
    Jul 26, 2013 - 9:55PM

    @Anon:

    A purely democratic 51% majority can, in principle, decide to kill off the other 49%. But doing so goes against our idea of justice and the essence of democracy. Democracy only flourishes when people are well educated and willing to respect the fundamental rights of others.

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  • Polpot
    Jul 26, 2013 - 10:13PM

    @csmann: “No harm in asking;but will Egyptians listen?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Egyptians are sending Morsi to Saudi for 10 years:).

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  • A
    Jul 27, 2013 - 12:42AM

    You know who doesn’t care about this? Egypt.

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  • expaki
    Jul 27, 2013 - 1:23AM

    our own people are being slaughtered on daily bases, we have no electric, not enough food, seems its that enough, DO WE HAVE TO TAKE NOW EGYPTIAN PUNGAA too?

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  • truthbetold
    Jul 27, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Well, the Pakistani Establishment better drop the idea of taking the begging bowl anytime soon to Saudi Arabia after announcing this “strong” support to Morsi. It looks like the Establishment missed the important fact that Saudi Arabia was instrumental in the overthrow of the Morsi government.

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  • truthbetold
    Jul 27, 2013 - 8:48AM

    @Mj:

    “@Ahmed:
    Will a theocracy respect the rights of liberals not to abide by religious laws? I think not. Theocracies are by nature dictatorial and totalitarian.”

    Unfortunately, a vast majority of Muslims will never understand what it means to have personal life choice, individual freedom, right to free speech, the right to reject/choose one’s faith, universal human rights and a host of other 21st century human enlightenment.

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  • Jul 27, 2013 - 9:24AM

    The question is not about Egypt,President Morsi, but here the conduct of a General is questionable why a General should attack an elected President/PM may be in US/G Britian/India /Pakistan/Iran/etc.

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  • mohsin
    Jul 27, 2013 - 1:04PM

    there are about 50 killed and several injured in Parachinar, & Pakistan reacts quickly, calls for morsi’s release urges return to democracy in Egypt. Pathetic governance

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  • skhan
    Jul 27, 2013 - 2:49PM

    No protest! Since this setup was well approved by all major players of the world, why not enforce the same in Pakistan too! Log Mithai batne ko tayyar hain :)

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  • MedStudent
    Jul 27, 2013 - 4:53PM

    If we celebrated the Arab Spring, why should we turn our backs on them now? The West can so easily overthrow a democracy and support yet another army government in Egypt. Now the parties that supported the ouster are not even calling for quick elections.The fact that most people applaud this situation is proof of how well-oiled their Propaganda machine is.

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  • Zack
    Aug 8, 2013 - 7:47PM

    It look like you are totally ignorant of what is happening in Egypt.@Hameed:

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  • someone
    Aug 20, 2013 - 11:35PM

    I think Muslim brotherhood would do great if they form a political party in Pakistan and go for elections.

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