Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Friday, November 15, 2019 10:44:28 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Tragic End Of Morsi

Story of Egypt's Inept Rulers

  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Asif Haroon Raja :
[This is the second part of the article]
Challenges before Morsi
Doctorate in Engineering from USA and God fearing Morsi with simple habits was faced with myriad of complex challenges. He got the first shock when Egypt's Military Council at the outset stripped him of all his executive powers and dissolved the Parliament. On July 10, 2012, the Supreme Constitutional Council upheld the decision by negating Morsi's decision to call the Parliament back into session. On November 22, Morsi issued a declaration immunising his decrees from challenges and seeking to protect the work on drafting new Constitution. He went about removing the societal cobwebs and hurdles and took steps to Islamise the society.
Apart from the antagonist judiciary, bureaucrats refused to implement Morsi's policies. It created artificial energy shortages to stir discontent. Opposition played the game of a spoiler. Media played a negative role and pinned every failure on Morsi. The biggest weakness of the ruling regime was that its cabinet had only 8 members from FJP and the rest including the PM were independent technocrats.
What raised alarm bells in Israel was when he openly espoused the cause of Palestinians, promised to extend support to the trapped Gazans, denounced Israeli policies and stated that Zionists had no right to historic Palestine. Israel lost its patience after Rafah crossing was opened for use by Gazans to receive emergent food supplies and medicines. This dug the last nail in Morsi's coffin. Gaza had been quarantined by Israel after Hamas had won elections democratically in 2007 and had formed a government in Gaza.
A plan was chalked out hurriedly and the scene of January-February 2011 was re-enacted. Millions of people took to the streets and chanted anti-Morsi slogans. Three days later, the situation had become ripe for the already tutored Gen Abdel al-Fatah, who had been appointed Army Chief and Defence Minister by Morsi in 2012, to stage a coup on July 3, 2013 and remove Morsi from power, exactly after his one year rule. Reportedly, Sisi has old family ties with Jews.
Fatah al-Sisi's rule
After the deposition of Morsi, Military Council headed by Sisi ruled the roost. The police massacred 817 people mostly belonging to MB on August 14 to break up sit-ins. Between July 2013 and June 2016, 16 to 41000 MB members and supporters were interned. Since then, MB which has been banned is being constantly persecuted. There are 60,000 political prisoners in jail. Practices of extra judicial killings, forced disappearances, death sentences, executions are a common practice. No voice has been raised against human rights abuses. Islamists started an insurgency in the Sinai which is still raging. The country is now sharply divided between seculars-Coptic and Islamists.
Sisi was anointed President in 2014 following sham election held under explicitly despotic conditions and re-elected for 2nd term in 2018. He banned protests and muffled the media.
Morsi's mock trial and mistreatment
Morsi and 14 other MB members were put on trial in November 2013 and were awarded death sentence in 2015. Later on, Morsi's sentence was changed to 45 years jail term.
Morsi who was serving his jail sentence in most dreaded Tora Jail, called 'Scorpion', unfit for even animals, kept fighting his case and maintained his stance that he was the genuinely elected President and still was the President. He was brought to the courtroom for hearings in a specially designed glass cage which was sound-proof and his voice couldn't be heard.
During his 6-year solitary confinement, his family could meet him only thrice. He was denied newspapers, TV, proper medical care and diet despite his multiple ailments ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease.
He finally collapsed in the courtroom on June 17 and died of cardiac arrest or diabetic coma. He was denied proper public burial and was hurriedly buried at midnight with only two of his relatives attending the last rites. His tormentors made his life as painful as possible. Turkish President Erdogan was the lone voice who condemned the sham trial and maltreatment of Morsi and termed it as a judicial murder.
Sisi was all the time concerned about the threat posed by Morsi once his death sentence was converted to jail sentence. The route adopted for his slow death was immoral and so were the charges framed against him. His death has ended the prospects of democracy in Egypt since Sisi is likely to rule till 2030. The circumstances under which Morsi died will haunt the conscience of spiteful as well as tearful Egyptians.      
End Note. Lacking in charisma and dynamism, Morsi was not the first choice of MB, but was forced to wear the crown of thorns. He lacked the desired traits to overcome myriad challenges. Faced with structural impediments, he was not cut to tackle them effectively. But he was committed to democratic transition. Morsi wasn't perfect, but he was Egypt's best bet against tyranny of military rule. Democracy should have been given a chance. Economic deprivation, social injustices, indignities and insecurity against which the Egyptians had raised their voices in 2011 have returned with a big bang. Sisi's rule is viewed as brutal and illegitimate, but is hailed by USA, West, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
(Asif Haroon Raja, retired Brigadier, war veteran, defence analyst, columnist, author of five books, Vice Chairman Thinkers Forum Pakistan, Director Measac Research Centre, Member CWC and think tank Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society, and Member Council Tehreek Jawanan Pakistan. asifharoonraja@gmail.com)   

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Industrial Policy

Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury :Industrial policy refers to the promotion of new investments and technology by governments to encourage the growth and development of specific economic sectors. However, scepticism persists about the feasibility and desirability of using industrial policy, especially of the ability to 'pick winners', often accused ...

Cricket »

Cameron Bancroft recalled to Australia Test squad

Australia's selectors have handed a surprise recall to batsman Cameron Bancroft for the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan.Opener Sam Burns also returns to the squad but Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris have been left out, after struggling against England.Harris averaged just 9.66 against in the last three tests of the ...

Entertainment »

Humayun Ahmed's first wife Gultekin married again

Entertainment Desk :Gultekin Khan, Humayun Ahmed's first wife, tied the knot for the second time with Aftab Ahmed, additional secretary of youth and sports ministry. The couple got married at Gultekin's house in Dhaka, completed the legal formalities in a private gathering with family and friends two weeks ago. It ...

Entertainment »

Momtaz is delighted for getting Nat’l award

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Last week was a memorable week for folk legend of the country Momtaz Begum. This Parliament Member received two national recognitions. For the first time, she became the top taxpayer of the country in category of singer. This information was disclosed on Wednesday. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa ...

Football »

Chelsea win battle to sign Australian women's football icon Kerr

Australian striker Sam Kerr will test herself at the top level of European football after impressing in her homeland and the United States as she joined Chelsea on Wednesday.The 26-year-old Matildas captain - who scored five times in this year's World Cup as the Australians reached the last 16 - ...

Editorial »

People need safe and reliable train service

IN Brahmanbaria's Kasba, Dhaka-bound inter-city train Turna Nishita Express by breaching traffic signal hit Chattogram-bound another inter-city train Udayan Express on Tuesday leaving 16 people dead and injured another 70 people. The nation was shocked witnessing the fatality of the accident. Different quarters have raised voice for not modernising the ...

International »

Senator Kamala Harris promises to lift cap for employment based green cards in US

PTI, Washington :Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris is in favour of lifting the existing per-country caps for employment based green cards, her presidential campaign has said, asserting that 95 per cent in line for legal permanent residency are primarily from India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam.Ms Harris' presidential campaign, which ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, among others, at a rally of professionals in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday demanding unconditional release of BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia.

Football »

Michael Brentan (front) of Italy looks to break past Pedro Lucas (center) of Brazil and Daniel Cabral (right) of Brazil during the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final match between Italy and Brazil at the Olympic Stadium Goiania in Goiania, Brazil on Monday.

Football »

Ronaldo's fitness and attitude both under the spotlight

Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness and attitude has come under the spotlight after he reacted angrily to being substituted during Juventus' win over AC Milan and coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old had been nursing a knee injury for some time.Ronaldo now faces two matches with Portugal where he will want to ...

Editorial »

An innocent`s imprisonment

AFTER 27 days of imprisonment being wrongfully arrested by police, 19-year-old Rajan walked out on Monday. Police arrested Rajan Bhuiyan instead of Habibullah Rajan from the same village Gopalnagar, Brammanpara of Cumilla. The Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal ordered the Dhaka Central Jail authorities to set Rajan free. The tribunal also ...

Business & Economy »

Md. Monzur Mofiz, AMD of ONE Bank Limited, inaugurating its Banking Booth at Basundia crossing at Jashore sadar recently. High officials of the bank, Rezaul Islam Khan Russel, local Union Parishad Chairman and elites were also present.

Entertainment »

When Koushani shot daring scenes 180 feet deep inside a mine

Koushani Mukherjee who had to shoot some daring action sequences in her recently released 'Jaanbaaz' says despite the tough scenes she didn't use any dummy. "I didn't use a dummy. I gave my 100 per cent to the action scenes. It was over 40°C there and to add to our ...

Entertainment »

Kashmira Pardeshi to pair up with Bobby Simha

We had earlier reported that actor Bobby Simha will be playing the lead in an untitled film directed by debutant Ramanan Purushothama. The latest is that actress Kashmira Pardeshi, who made her debut in Tamil, in Sivappu Manjal Pachai opposite GV Prakash has been roped in played the female lead ...

Editorial »

Save the Sundarbans, it will protect us

THE Sundarbans, now most neglected world's largest mangrove forest, again has protected the country from the mighty storm 'Bulbul'. Not only the Bangladesh, the Sundarbans this time has also saved neighbouring India's West Bengal from an obvious deadly disaster.  The forest, renowned for its selfless deeds from the prehistoric time, ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news