Turmoil in Bahrain to further destabilise region
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.