Pakistan concerned over events in Egypt
16 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed its dismay and deep concerns over the use of force by Egyptian security forces against unarmed civilians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives in Cairo and other cities.
Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in a statement that the tragic events of Wednesday were a major setback for Egypt's return to democracy. "As a friend and a well-wisher of the people of Egypt, Pakistan is closely observing developments in that country and urges all parties to exercise restraint and to respect the fundamental rights of the fraternal people of that great country."
The spokesman said the political prisoners must be released to ensure that legal and constitutional issues were addressed through dialogue among all parties, in an inclusive and peaceful manner, to enable the country to successfully restore the democratic institutions as early as possible.
"It is the earnest hope of the government and people of Pakistan that the brotherly people of Egypt with their patience, tolerance and fortitude would be able to overcome their current challenges, in a manner that ensures sustained democracy, political stability, and economic development, while ensuring peace and well-being of the people," read the statement issued by the Foreign Office.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Egypt after hundreds of people were killed and thousands wounded when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
The Security Council will be briefed behind closed doors by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.
The meeting was jointly requested by council members France, Britain and Australia. Cairo's military-backed rulers ordered the storming of pro-Morsi protest camps after dawn on Wednesday, six weeks after the army overthrew the country's first freely elected leader.