Egypt against Pakistani support for war criminals in Bangladesh

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  1. Bengal_Tiger

    Bengal_Tiger Regular Member

    Nov 22, 2015
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    Egypt flays Pakistan’s intervention in Bangladesh’s internal issues
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    Published: 2016-01-06 14:37:26.0 BdST Updated: 2016-01-06 14:37:26.0 BdST

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      Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Ezzat is the dean of diplomatic corps in Dhaka.
    Pakistan cannot intervene in Bangladesh’s domestic issues, says the Egyptian Ambassador in Dhaka Mahmoud Ezzat.



    “Egypt will be the first country to say ‘no’, if Pakistan intervenes in Bangladesh’s domestic issue,” he said, when journalists sought his comment on Bangladesh’s war crimes trial on Wednesday.

    The ambassador, who is also the dean of diplomatic corps in Dhaka, hosted a ‘tea party’ at his officefor the new executives of the Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association, Bangladesh (DCAB).

    Pakistan has been criticising the ongoing war crimes trial as those who are being tried collaborated with them in the 1971.

    Bangladesh won independence after the nine-month bloody war.

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami who orchestrated the massacre of Bangladesh’s best brains in 1971 using his ruthless Al-Badr militia.

    Egypt from the beginning has been supporting the war crimes trial.

    The ambassador said Cairo “cannot comment on internal issues” of a country.

    “We always support Bangladesh,” he said, mentioning that Cairo established diplomatic ties with Bangladesh soon after its independence.

    Bangladesh being an independent country has its own right to take its own decision and maintain independence, the ambassador said.

    He said Bangladesh has its own right to protect it from any kind of intervention from any countries including Pakistan.
  3. Bengal_Tiger

    Bengal_Tiger Regular Member

    Nov 22, 2015
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    Very welcome news.

    1. The Arab world is important to Bangladesh as the birthplace of Islam and also contemporary effect on Islamic thinking including that of radical groups such as Jamaat e Islami. The Gulf region is particularly important due to the huge amount of Bangladeshi expatriate workers there.

    2. I always felt that there was an unwritten rule amongst Arabs - besides some socialist-orientated ones such as the old Baathist Iraq, Algeria etc - that Pakistanis must always be preferred to Bangladesh, even that they were seen as "more Muslim".

    I am not sure how valid this suspicion is but it does have some basis.

    3. The Egyptian ambassador was clearly supporting Bangladesh and explicitly mentioned Pakistan.

    Good that the biggest country in the Arab world supports Bangladesh on this key national issue and has issued a not so subtle criticism of Pakistan.

    Turkey: pro-Pakistan/pro-Jamaati, anti-Bangladesh.

    Saudi: pro-Pakistani but showed strong lack of support for Jamaat in the past few years aside from their economic sanctions on Bangladesh e.g. labour ban.

    Iran: Could care less about Jamaatis, far from pro-Pakistan.

    Indonesia, Malaysia neutral in any Bangladeshi-Pakistani dispute, similar to Iran though Iran has certain issues including trust issues with Pakistan.

    Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait: pro-Bangladesh.

    The rest are either unimportant or irrelevant but in general on a government to government level they could care less about Jamaati war criminals, though in some countries perhaps elements of their elite are influenced by the pro-Jamaati propaganda widespread in the Arab world.

    This criticism of Pakistan by Egypt (and that is what it is, in diplomacy you have to be ultra "diplomatic" ) is a sign to the Pakistani military that they cannot use the "Muslim brothers", "Muslim unity" card against Bangladesh i.e. Pakistan was trying to preserve a Muslim state, fought for Muslim unity and is defending those who fought to do all that i.e. Jamaati war criminals.

    This narrative does not work on the biggest state in the Arab world.

    Any educated Muslim would know that the 1971 war was when the elected majority government was denied power and a Assad-style butchering of east Pakistanis took place with the subsequent defeat of the illegal west Pakistani military junta in east Pakistan.
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  4. pmaitra

    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    Awesome. This comes after Egypt refused to severe ties with Iran at the Saudis' insistence. Looks like they have realized radicalism isn't going to lead them to anything other than destruction.

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