Tur­moil in Bahrain to fur­ther desta­bilise re­gion

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

OR­GA­NI­ZA­TION of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) has is­sued a timely warn­ing against in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of Bahrain and hope­fully it would be heeded to by all con­cerned in the best in­ter­est of the peace and sta­bil­ity in the state. The OIC Sec­re­tariat has is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing sup­port for Bahrain and urg­ing ex­ter­nal par­ties to keep off Bahrain’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.

Be­ing an um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion of 57 Mus­lim coun­tries, it is nat­u­rally the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the OIC to keep a watch on de­vel­op­ments that could un­der­mine sta­bil­ity of any of its mem­ber states or dent intra-OIC unity and co­he­sion. The call of the OIC comes in the wake of hurl­ing of threats by Iran to Bahrain fol­low­ing Manama’s de­ci­sion to re­voke cit­i­zen­ship of Shi­ite Ay­a­tol­lah Isa Qas­sim for abus­ing his po­si­tion to ‘serve for­eign in­ter­ests and pro­mote sec­tar­i­an­ism and vi­o­lence’. The strong re­ac­tion of Tehran, which warned Bahrain of grave con­se­quences, was un­called for as no coun­try has any right to dic­tate any other sov­er­eign coun­try as to how to tackle its in­ter­nal prob­lems and is­sues. Bahrain is fully en­ti­tled to take de­ci­sions as per its own na­tional in­ter­ests es­pe­cially when some­one is in­dulging in ac­tions that could en­dan­ger se­cu­rity and sol­i­dar­ity of the coun­try. To have sym­pa­thy for a par­tic­u­lar per­son is un­der­stand­able but to go to the ex­tent of hurl­ing threats to a sov­er­eign state will be to­tally un­ac­cept­able to the re­gion. There is al­ready tur­moil in Ye­men and stok­ing of trou­ble in yet another coun­try would desta­bi­lize the en­tire Gulf re­gion fur­ther and there­fore, such at­tempts must be shunned. While OIC should take steps to defuse the ten­sion, we would urge all coun­tries that in gov­er­nance and in­ter­nal deal­ings prin­ci­ples and not emo­tions should rule.

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