Morsi’s life sen­tence to desta­bilise Egypt

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

AN Egyp­tian court Satur­day sen­tenced for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi to life in prison in an es­pi­onage trial in which six of his co-de­fen­dants were also handed death penal­ties. While the hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions have de­clared the trial out­come as ap­palling, we un­der­stand it was not sur­pris­ing rather ex­pected that Morsi would be handed down such a pun­ish­ment given the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try where po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated de­ten­tions and court sen­tences have be­come more ram­pant.

Egypt is al­ready faced with a host of is­sues and tri­als, sen­tenc­ing of po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists and op­po­nents does not au­gur well for the coun­try. With right moves now, the in­cum­bent rulers need to pro­mote greater unity and con­sol­i­da­tion in or­der to pre­pare ground for for­ward march and de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try, and that re­quires na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. If Mus­lim Brother­hood shows will­ing­ness to op­er­ate in politics un­der rules of democ­racy, then other po­lit­i­cal forces should wel­come them in­stead of push­ing them to the wall. The pun­ish­ment awarded to Morsi, who al­ready faces death sen­tence in another case, is most likely to draw strong re­ac­tion and protests from the sup­port­ers of Mus­lim Brother­hood- the de­funct out­fit, which may push the coun­try fur­ther deep into anar­chy and chaos. In our view, the in­cum­bent Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah El Sisi should learn a les­son from Bangladesh where one-sided and un­fair ex­e­cu­tions and tri­als of Ja­mat-i-Is­lami lead­ers have plunged the en­tire coun­try into tur­moil. Re­sul­tantly, vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism is on the rise in Bangladesh to­day and so­ci­ety stands deeply frag­mented, as in­ci­dents of tar­get killings of for­eign­ers, mi­nori­ties and sec­u­lar ac­tivists have be­come norm of the day. The same is very much true to some other Mus­lim coun­tries also. If truth be told, when­ever re­li­gious el­e­ments are sup­pressed, the out­come is al­ways dan­ger­ous for the so­ci­ety. There is also no deny­ing the fact that in­ter­nal strife and con­flicts ac­tu­ally give birth to rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and the Mus­lim coun­tries need to ad­dress their in­ter­nal is­sues through rec­on­cil­i­a­tion to free their so­ci­eties from in­tol­er­ance and fric­tions. As re­gards con­vic­tion of the Mus­lim Brother­hood leader in Egypt, we hope El Sisi would re­view the de­ci­sion and grant par­don Morsi to save Egypt from any other up­heaval.

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