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February 5, 2011

No parallels between Egypt, Pakistan: scholars

Islamabad

February 5, 2011

LAHORE
SCHOLARS and senior journalists have expressed doubts over any Egypt like movement in Pakistan, saying circumstances in both countries are different.
A discussion was held in this connection under the aegis of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) here on Friday to talk about ‘the recent uprising in Middle East’. Speakers include Raees Ahmad Buksh, Ijaz Ahmad, Arif Nizami and Imtiaz Alam.
On the occasion, speakers said external factors were aspect of prevalent unrest, which is being spread to the Middle East. They added that dictatorship in the region was bound to end as dictators now have limited option for survival.
Rasool Buksh Raees said that present movement in Egypt was launched by masses. “It is not the revolution of a single group, but the people from different race, age and caste were participating in it,” he observed. He said secular, communists, Islamists and liberal, all were part of this movement.
He said that some people are wrongly relating this movement with Iranian revolution as circumstances and issues are totally different in Egypt if compared with Iran. Similarly, he said, situation in Pakistan is also totally different from Egypt and Tunisia.
Arif Nizami said that longtime dictator in Egypt most certainly would have to quit. He maintained that the whole issue would come to logical conclusion and it is now question of time only. He was of the opinion that people leading uprising would not compromise and continue their struggle. He also observed that there was no likelihood of any Egyptian like movement in Pakistan.
Ijaz Ahmad said that Egypt, an important country of the region, as the centre of politics in Middle East. He said that the prevalent uprising in Egypt cannot be termed as revolution. Instead, he said, this unrest should be called as public movement launched for seeking rights. He was of the view that Muslim world thought that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as pro American leader. He

maintained that people also believed that he was acting with Israel to interfere in Arab politics, terming it one of the reasons behind recent unrest.
Imtiaz Alam, Secretary-General SAFMA in his speech said dictators would have to end their rule and, Hosni Mubarak, being one of them, is also facing same fate. He also held the view that there were less likely of such type of movement or revolution in Pakistan.
He added that Americans would not want Akhwans of Egypt to be next rulers as they are pro Iranian. He added that Akhwans were much literate and there was less possibility of their coming into power.

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