Africa Pakistan condemns death sentence to Egypt’s Morsi

Pakistan condemns death sentence to Egypt’s Morsi

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

 (AA) – Pakistan on Tuesday condemned the death penalty to Egypt’s first elected President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 of his supporters, demanding the “dispensation of justice” on the basis of equity and fairness.

“The news of the death sentence given to former elected President of Egypt Mr. Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 others has been received in Pakistan with considerable concern,” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a handout.

“Pakistan, therefore, underscores the fact, highlighted by many other countries, that the dispensation of justice must be based on the principles of equity and fairness,” it added.

This, the spokesman further noted, is all the more important when political prisoners especially a former elected president is brought before the court of law.

“Pakistan hopes that the government of Egypt would take steps to meet the requirements of justice under law and would show compassion in the case of political prisoners,” he added.

Earlier, Pakistan’s outspoken Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed the death penalty to Morsi and his supporters a “tragedy” for democracy and rule of law.

“This is a very sad and painful matter not only for me but for the people in rest of the world who love Egypt and its people,” Nisar said in a Twitter message.

“I truly believe that political matter cannot be settled in this manner,” he added.

On Saturday, an Egyptian court referred 122 out 166 defendants — including Egypt’s first elected president Mohamed Morsi — to the grand mufti to consider possible death sentences against them over charges of involvement in espionage and a mass jailbreak during Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

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