The Egyptian Presidency
Office of the Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations & International Cooperation
For Immediate Release, July 3, 2013
As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page.
For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup.
It has been two and a half years after a popular revolution against a dictatorship that had strangled and drained Egypt for 30 years.
That revolution restored a sense of hope and fired up Egyptians’ dreams of a future in which they could claim for themselves the same dignity that is every human being’s birthright.
On Januray 25 I stood in Tahrir square. My children stood in protest in Cairo and Alexandria. We stood ready to sacrifice for this revolution. When we did that, we did not support a revolution of elites. And we did not support a conditional democracy. We stood, and we still stand, for a very simple idea: given freedom, we Egyptians can build institutions that allow us to promote and choose among all the different visions for the country. We quickly discovered that almost none of the other actors were willing to extend that idea to include us.
You have heard much during the past 30 months about ikhwan excluding all others. I will not try to convince you otherwise today. Perhaps there will come a day when honest academics have the courage to examine the record.
Today only one thing matters. In this day and age no military coup can succeed in the face of sizeable popular force without considerable bloodshed. Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame?
I am fully aware of the Egyptian media that has already attempted to frame ikhwan for every act of violence that has taken place in Egypt since January 2011. I am sure that you are tempted to believe this. But it will not be easy.
There are still people in Egypt who believe in their right to make a democratic choice. Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the Presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack. To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed. And the message will resonate throughout the Muslim World loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims.
I do not need to explain in detail the worldwide catastrophic ramifications of this message. In the last week there has been every attempt to issue a counter narrative that this is just scaremongering and that the crushing of Egypt’s nascent democracy can be managed. We no longer have the time to engage in frivolous academic back and forth. The audience that reads this page understands the price that the world continues to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Egypt is neither Afghanistan nor Iraq. Its symbolic weight and resulting impact is far more significant. Last night, demonstrators at Cairo University supporting the President were fired upon using automatic weapons. Twenty people died and hunderds were injured.
There are people in Egypt and around the world that continue to try to justify the calls for early presidential elections because of the large numbers of demonstrators and the validity of their grievances.
Let me be very clear. The protesters represent a wide spectrum of Egyptians and many of them have genuine, valid grievances. President Morsy’s approval rating is down.
Now let me be equally clear. Since January and again in the last couple of weeks the President has repeatedly called for national dialog. Equally repeatedly, the opposition refused to participate. Increasingly, the so-called liberals of Egypt escalated a rhetoric inviting the military to become the custodians of government in Egypt. The opposition has steadfastly declined every option that entails a return to the ballot box.
Yesterday, the President received an initiative from an alliance of parties supporting constitutional legitimacy. He discussed it with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense and all three of them agreed that it presented an excellent path for Egypt out of its current impasse. The initiative called for a full change of cabinet, a prime minister acceptable to all, changing the public prosecutor, agreement on constitutional amendments, and a reconciliation commission.
And let us also be clear. The President did not have to offer all these concessions. In a democracy, there are simple consequences for the situation we see in Egypt: the President loses the next election or his party gets penalized in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Anything else is mob rule.
In the last year we have been castigated by foreign governments, foreign media, and rights groups whenever our reforms in the areas of rights and freedoms did not keep pace with the ambitions of some or adhere exactly to the forms used in other cultures. The silence of all of those voices with an impending military coup is hypocritical and that hypocrisy will not be lost on a large swathe of Egyptians, Arabs and Muslims.
Many have seen fit in these last months to lecture us on how democracy is more than just the ballot box. That may indeed be true. But what is definitely true is that there is no democracy without the ballot box.
” You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State ”
– Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on 11th August, 1947
“The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contended people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice”
–Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of The State Bank of Pakistan on 1st July, 1948
The foundations of your State have been laid and it is now for you to build–>Jinnah on 14 August 1948
“The foundations of your State have been laid and it is now for you to build and build as quickly and as well as you can“.
(Jinnah, 14th August 1948, Last messaage to the nation)
A high level meeting of Pervez Musharraf, PML-Q led by former Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat and Musharraf’s legal team, led by Sharifuddin Pirzada took place at the President’s house today. A source privy to the meeting informed us about the possible plans to derail the restoration of the judges that were discussed in today’s meeting. Suggestions included having a stay order against the working of the parliament, offering money and black-mailing members of PML-N and PPP (reminder: Faisal Saleh Hayat was a PPP member but joined PML-Q after having his multiple murder and corruption charges dropped). The judges have been promised to be restored by Nawaz Sharif by the 12th and we must actively oppose all possible moves to derail the process.
This is where we need your help. A few emails, sms-es and calls on your part can greatly help Pakistan and further the cause for the restoration of the only independent judiciary of Pakistan.
2) Contact the people in the meeting, urging them not to conspire against the judiciary:
Sharif uddin Pirzada (responsible for all the coups in Pakistan):
Attorney General Malik Qayyum (complicit in Nov 3’s act of treason):
Faisal Saleh Hayat (charges dropped against him even before NRO)
Ahmad Raza Qasuri (of black spray-painted face fame)
0300 9558217 051 2654762
2) Get the message through to Musharraf to STOP interfering with our judiciary and parliament:
Ideal person to contact:
(note Bilal has only been selected because he has been actively supporting his father’s actions of Nov 3rd and has been trying to misrepresent the act of treason committed by Pervez Musharraf at many gatherings in San Francisco Bay Area, especially at Stanford University).
Through his friends:
Mushaid Hussain Syed 0300-5006056
Ch. Shujjat Hussain 0300-5157029
Muhammad Ali Durrani 0300-8453883
Sheikh Rasheed 0300-8554242
Wasi Zafar 0301-3001720
Director General ISPR Major General Athar Abbas
Tel Office : 0092-51-9271600
Tel Office : 0092-51-56130041
Fax Office: 0092-51-9271682
Tel Home : 0092-51-9273379
Tel Home : 0092-51-56132209
Cell : 0302-8555741
Fax: 92 51 9224 768 / 9221422
Phone (+92)(051) 9202750, 9202752-3
FAX: +92 051 920-1893/1835 or 4632
Chief of Army Staff House,
Golf Road, Rawalpindi
You can also get the message to him through his secretary:
Colonel Hassan PRO President 0300-8555569
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3) Spread the message:
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|Iftikhar gets rousing welcome in Quetta(The Post)|
|QUETTA: Deposed chief justice got a huge welcome as he visited his hometown on Monday, further galvanising opposition to embattled President Pervez Musharraf.
Iftikhar Chaudhry travelled to Quetta to address lawyers exactly a week after the country’s new government freed him and nine other judges from house arrest.
“Justice Chaudhry received a rousing welcome by a huge crowd,” Athar Minallah, a close associate of Chaudhry told AFP after the judge flew into the city. Thousands of lawyers in black suits and workers from political parties waved flags and portraits of Chaudhry as the judge arrived at the dusty airport near the Afghan border amid tight security. As Chaudhry came out of the terminal building the crowd showered him with rose petals and burst into chants of “Go Musharraf, go”, an AFP reporter said. Pick-up trucks full of armed police guarded Chaudhry as his convoy drove into the city centre. Guards using metal detectors swept the area around the airport for explosive devices. His visit here is the first stop on a nationwide tour during which he will address lawyers, echoing a similar tour last year when tens of thousands of people turned out to hear him.
The bullet-proof vehicle of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary broke down a moment after he arrived here and came out of the airport on Monday. The lawyers had to pull the vehicle later while tying it to another vehicle.
Four photo-journalists were injured when they fell on the ground while covering the welcome rally of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary at the airport here on Monday. The injured photographers included Kelvin (Intikhab), Mohsin Naseer (APP), Naseem James (Express) and Prince Ayub (Bakhabar). While talking to media men outside the house of deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the legal fraternity does not want a weak parliament, however, conspiracies are being hitched against deposed judges in the presidency.
The lawyers have no reservation on Murree accord, he said. We have given time of 30 days to the new government for reinstatement of deposed judges, he said, adding that, the legal fraternity would end their movement if new Government fulfils its promise with regard to reinstatement of deposed judge with in 30 days. All bar associations, he said, would be silent and there would be celebrations around the country after reinstatement of deposed judges. The lawyer community strongly condemned whatever happened with deposed Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday. It is recalled that the belongings of Justice Ramday and his family were thrown out of the house in the Justice Lodges some days back. No department can evacuate house or shop without judicial action and notice then how the house of deposed justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday can be evacuated, he questioned.
Answering to a question, he said, deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary so far has no plan to visit graveyard of late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, however, maybe he will go in future to offer Fateh there.
Justice Ramday Issue:PM of Pakistan , Yusuf Reza Gillani gave an apology to Justice Ramday on Telephone and said ,”You are respectable for us and the people involved in the incident will be taken to task”.
Today Pakistanis are celebrating the “Pakistan Day”, the day on which our ancestors
committed there selves for the cause of freedom and to lay the foundations of a state
where Muslims of India will live there lives according to the golden principles of Islam.
We are facing one of the most(if not the most) decisive moments in our national history.
In these difficult moments we must need to strengthen our will to be a one nation,
a nation not divided by ethnic and
sectarian boundaries but united by a strong ideology, the ideology which was based on
the golden principles of Islam which teaches us of Justice and Equality among “all”
man-kind regardless of religion or race, which teaches us to be one ummah.
As Muhammad Ali Jinnah said on his 23, March 1940 address :
(Muhammad Ali Jinnah , addressing on the occasion.)
“Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially,
educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.”
Below is the Resolution which was passed on 23 March 1940:
“While approving and endorsing the action taken by the Council and the Working Committee of the All-India Muslim League, as indicated in their resolutions dated the 27th of August, 17th & 18th September and 22nd of October, 1939, and 3rd of February, 1940 on the constitutional issue, this Session of the All-India Muslim League emphatically reiterates that the scheme of federation embodied in the Government of India Act 1935, is totally unsuited to, and unworkable in the peculiar conditions of this country and is altogether unacceptable to Muslim India.
It further records its emphatic view that while the declaration dated the 18th of October, 1939 made by the Viceroy on behalf of His Majesty’s Government is reassuring in so far as it declares that the policy and plan on which the Government of India Act, 1935, is based will be reconsidered in consultation with various parties, interests and communities in India, Muslims in India will not be satisfied unless the whole constitutional plan is reconsidered de novo and that no revised plan would be acceptable to Muslims unless it is framed with their approval and consent.
Resolved that it is the considered view of this Session of the All-India Muslim League that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to the Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, viz., that geographically contiguous units’ are demarcated into regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of (British) India should be grouped to constitute “independent States” in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.
That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards should be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in these units in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultations with them and in other parts of (British) India where the Mussalmans (Muslims) are in a majority adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in constitution for them and other minorities for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights and interests in consultation with them.
This session further authorises the Working Committee to frame a scheme of constitution in accordance with these basic principles, providing for the assumption finally by the respective regions of all powers such as defense, external affairs, communications, customs and such other matters as may be necessary.”
And in the end I would like to remind what our founding
fathers wanted our country and nation to be:
“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”
Message to Frontier Muslim Students Federation June 18, 1945
This is a high time to re-think our approach as a nation.
Long Live Pakistan.
“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.” (Muhammad Ali Jinnah)
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