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Obama, Morsi ignore Rohingyas

Published Aug 08, 2012 12:05am


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ISLAM is the fastest-spreading religion in the United States, which has been acknowledged by President Barack Obama in his Ramazan message. He also lauded the way Muslims are fulfilling their social responsibilities in the US. He has once again promised to host an Iftar dinner at the White House. His speech labelled Ramazan as a reminder for people belonging to all faiths that the common notions of humanity, justice and equality are shared by all the great religions.

However, it is interesting to note how Ramazan was linked to democratic movements all over the world. In his speech, Obama advised the protesters in the Middle East to continue their efforts for achieving self-determination and spreading democratic values.

On the other hand, the first-ever democratically elected civilian president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi urged his nation to give up lethargic attitude during Ramazan.

Compared with Hosni Mubarak, Morsi presented himself as a more approachable leader by making an impromptu speech after the Friday prayer in a local mosque.

He has pardoned 572 military detainees and has promised to help the ‘sister countries’ in Africa. Morsi alluded towards the progress of the Islamic world as a whole while defining Egypt’s mission of setting an example for the world in production, stability, security, and support for the poor. He has started a new chapter of ties with Palestinians.

Without any reference to Arab Spring or demonstrations in the Islamic world, Morsi’s message at least with regards to content was more pro-democratic.

But neither Morsi nor Obama discussed the atrocities being inflicted upon the Muslims in Myanmar. Ramazan gives the message of brotherhood and peace, which was missed by both presidents as they did not sympathise with the Muslims being slaughtered in Myanmar.

F. H. RIZVI     Lahore


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Comments (4) Closed

Kumar Aug 08, 2012 11:00am
Why don't you worry about protecting minorities and even majority in your country?
Faisal Aug 08, 2012 02:09pm
I have to agree with Kumar. We are loosing our sanity with killing christinas, Shias(Hazaras and others) and forcefully converting Hindus. Quaid's vison was Not this. Absolutely sickening how Pakistan, one of the most advanced countries in Asia upto the 1965 war has come down to this. We have an identity crisis. Either we become mullahs, grow beards and become hajabans, trying to be Arab wannabees. Our attire is a shalwar kameez and a dupatta, that is all NOT a burkha. Thanks to the Saudi,Kuwaiti etc our uneducated common man has become a hate monger. I hope zardari, nawaz sharif and co, including Kayani are tried for treason. Minting money and Not educating our people. We have nothing to lose but to have a friendly relationship with India. Imagine bi-lateral trade.
Siddique Malik Aug 08, 2012 03:31am
I don't know about President Morsi, but President Obama is currently probably too worried about the plight of minorities in Pakistan to look anywhere else. Nonetheless, I hope and pray that all minorities everywhere -- and that includes Burma's Muslims, Pakistan's non-Muslims, etc. -- get the dignity they deserve but don't have. Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Ahmed Jumma Aug 08, 2012 05:59am
At least Mr. Muhammad Morsi must state about the atrocities being inflicted upon the Muslims in Myanmar. In the past, in the light of teachings of Gautma Buddha I thought Bddist are peaceful people but they have proved that they can kill anybody without a second thought, it means their religion is not for peace. Ok one day everybody has to come before Allah Almighty (God) Who will decide 100% pure justice for everybody then there would be no place for anybody to hide.