Pakistanis protest over lethal crackdown in Egypt

"International powers are behind the Egyptian chaos," says JI leader.

Afp August 16, 2013
A supporter of Jamaat-e-Islami, holds a poster in favor of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, during a rally in Karachi August 16, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Hundreds rallied across Pakistan on Friday in support of the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and to condemn the use of force against the Muslim Brotherhood, witnesses said. 

The demonstrations were mostly organised by Islamic political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), which has ideological links to the Brotherhood.

In Karachi, more than 500 JI activists marched with banners and placards chanting anti-US slogans as well as support for Morsi.

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a joint US-Egyptian military exercise but has stopped short of suspending Washington's annual $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt.

"International powers are behind the Egyptian chaos and General Sisi is a tout of America and the favourite of Israel as well," said Mohammad Hussain Mahnati, a local JI local leader.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief, orchestrated the July 3 ousting of Egypt's first elected president after millions protested to demand an end to his turbulent year in power.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a total of more than 1,000 JI activists held rallies in four cities, including the main city Peshawar.

The lower house of parliament and foreign ministry on Thursday expressed dismay and deep concern over the use of force "against unarmed civilians" and urged all sides to show restraint.

Another protest rally has been planned later in Lahore.

Friday saw fresh clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters in Egypt, two days after nearly 600 people were killed when police cleared two Morsi protest camps in the country's bloodiest day in decades.


عرل | 10 years ago | Reply

@aq: I know they're Muslims on both sides. But that doesn't justify anything. No one should be killed unjustly by ANYONE.

Ricky | 10 years ago | Reply

Nothing new here or in Egypt. The army is the real power and could not tolerate an elected govt for more than a year. More Muslims are being killed by their own army than ever killed by the so-called enemies like Israel. It is all fine and dandy as long as Muslim armies are killing their Muslim civilians. However, we are outraged when a non-Muslim kills even one or two.

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