Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has informed Pakistan’s ambassador to Cairo of Egypt’s refusal of comments made by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry condemning the recent death sentences handed to former president Mohamed Morsi and 105 other Muslim Brotherhood members.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdelatty said that Shoukry told the Pakistani ambassador during their meeting commenting on the Pakistani statement: “The statement is unacceptable interference in the judicial affairs of Egypt and its internal affairs in general.”
“The death sentence has been received in Pakistan with considerable concern. The dispensation of justice must be based on the principles of equity and fairness”, an official statement by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs read last Tuesday.
The ministry added: “This is all the more important when political prisoners, especially a former elected President who was ousted from office, 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 case of political prisoners.”
The Cairo Criminal Court’s ruling of death sentences to Morsi and other 105 Muslim Brotherhood members two weeks ago sparked angry international reactions worldwide.
In the US, White House spokesperson Jeff Rakhte said: “We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former president Morsi.”
Furthermore, eleven police officers were injured in Diyarbakır, southeastern Turkey, during a pro-Morsi protest last Friday.