, by DR. MOHAMMED SHAHID KAMAL
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The moment was euphoric. All those present at the Tahrir Square for complete freedom and justice chanted ‘Allah-u-Akbar’. They bowed down to prayers, thanking Almighty for this great gift. They had been waiting for this moment for a very long time. It is the first time in the history of Egypt that a freely elected civilian has come to power in the country.
Now, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) should be generous enough and hand over all power to the elected president. Egyptians do not want military to continue as the supreme commander when an elected president and their representatives are ready democratically to shoulder the responsibilities. The dissolved parliament must be restored immediately. Elected members should be allowed to work. The demands of the people sitting at Tahrir Square are genuine and there is no sense, no reason, no justification of the military not honouring the people’s verdict.
Some quarters have expressed their concern on the political skills of the Muslim Brotherhood. The concern is based on malicious propaganda as we have not yet given a chance to the newly elected parliamentarians to work. How can we reach to this stage of our conclusion? Surprisingly, the way they have responded to popular uprising is amazing. It has impressed the world. Since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt, they have shown a remarkable degree of wisdom. They have proved themselves to be in possession of a very highly educated group of think-tank. They really know how to work together. They know how to safeguard and defend the interest of the nation.
Also, the world leaders should remove their unnecessary phobia to this Islamic organisation and consider Egypt as a reliable partner. They should not speak in two voices as they used to do during the Mubarak regime. Now the masses are mature enough to judge as to who is speaking the truth and to what extent they are honest. They should be courageous enough to call a spade a spade. It is a world which needs just a click to know the truth.
[The writer is Lecturer, Khamis Community College, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia]