Islamabad offered its support saying that both the government and common Pakistanis lauded their “patience, tolerance and fortitude, (and hoped that they) would be able to overcome their current challenges, in a manner that ensures sustained democracy, political stability, and economic development, while ensuring peace and well-being of the people.”
Without naming President Mohammed Morsi, Pakistan, through the Foreign Office, also demanded of the Egyptian military regime that the political prisoners must be released. “(The regime should) ensure that the legal and constitutional issues can be addressed through dialogue among all parties, in an inclusive and peaceful manner, to enable the country to successfully restore the democratic institutions, as early as possible,” said the spokesman at the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Office said that Pakistan expressed its ‘dismay’ and ‘deep concern’ over the use of force by the Egyptian security forces against the unarmed civilians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives in Cairo and other cities.
“The tragic events of Wednesday 14 August are a major setback for Egypt’s return to democracy,” said the spokesman.Pakistan again expressed its support to the people of Egypt saying that it was ‘closely’ observing developments, and “urges all parties to exercise restraint and to respect the fundamental rights of the fraternal people of that great country”.
AFP adds: US President Barack Obama joined in global condemnation Thursday of Egypt’s military rulers over the bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters, while France warned of the threat of “civil war” and the UN rights chief demanded an investigation. More than 500 people were killed in Wednesday’s assaults on two Cairo protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in the country’s worst violence in decades.
Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and Madrid summoned Egypt’s ambassadors to voice their strong concern.Obama said Washington “strongly condemns” the military action, warning that Egypt had entered a “more dangerous path” and announcing the cancellation of US military exercises with Egypt.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay said the death toll points “to an excessive, even extreme, use of force against demonstrators”.“There must be an independent, impartial, effective and credible investigation of the conduct of the security forces,” she said. “Anyone found guilty of wrongdoing should be held to account.”
Pillay urged “all sides in Egypt to step back from the brink of disaster”.Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Morsi supporter, called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting over Egypt’s “massacre”.
French President Francois Hollande said “everything must be done to avoid a civil war” and called for new elections, while his government conveyed France’s “great concern over the tragic events” to Egypt’s envoy.
Britain also condemned the violence and expressed its “deep concern” to Cairo’s ambassador.Germany, whose Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called for an end to violence and resumed negotiations, told Egypt’s envoy its position “in no uncertain terms,” said a ministry spokeswoman.
Pope Francis said he was praying for the victims of the violence and appealed for “peace, dialogue and reconciliation”.Denmark suspended aid worth four million euros ($5.3 million) to Egypt “in response to the bloody events and the very regrettable turn the development of democracy has taken”.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said the situation in Egypt “has all the characteristics of a military coup”.China was characteristically muted, appealing for “maximum restraint” from all parties, while fellow Security Council permanent member Russia only urged tourists to avoid trips to Egypt. Only two Gulf states that have cracked down on Islamist groups within their own borders, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, voiced support for the Cairo military leaders.