PTI WILL NEED 137 SEATS .. WITH 42% OF VOTE COUNTED THE FORMER CRICKETER’S PARTY HAS 113 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SEATS . SHABAZ SHARIF’S PML-N LEADS IN PUNJAB .. PPP IS AHEAD IN SINDH .. IMRAN KHAN ADDRESSED THE PAKISTAN NATION TO CLAIM VICTORY AND CALLED FOR TALKS WITH #INDIA TO RESOLVE #KASHMIR ..
FINAL RESULTS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED
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DAESH SAYS IT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK – BUT THERE IS WIDESPREAD DOUBT AS TO WHETHER ISIS IS BEHIND THIS AND OTHER ATTACKS ON EGYPTIAN SECURITY FORCES THAT HAVE PLAGUED SINAI, CAIRO AND OTHER PARTS OF EGYPT SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI AND WHICH HAVE ALSO KILLED AT LEAST 600 SOLDIERS
Pictures: Military Coup in 2013
CAIRO, EGYPT – They are among more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood sentenced to death in a mass trial for an attack on a police station in Minya, south of Cairo in 2013, during the military coup that ousted the democratically elected President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi.
ANALYSIS – When Nawaz Sharif won Pakistan’s general election last year to become Prime minister he did so on a landslide, the extent of which surprised everyone, friend and foe alike.
Observers noted the smooth transition, the first time in this young nation’s history, as well as the lack of irregularities in the voting process – all of which pointed to a future where democracy could flourish in a country plagued by military rule.
So, it is very disappointing to see all that being thrown into doubt by two foolish men, both of whom spent time in democracies themselves but who clearly don’t think that the people of Pakistan deserve the chance to choose who should make the decisions that affect their lives.
One studied at Oxford and was a great captain of the nation’s cricket side, the other a religious cleric who appeared out of nowhere last year after living in Canada.
Both are driven by a sense of a messianic mission that afflicts so many Pakistanis – heaven help the land of the pure should either of these clowns ever make it to the office of Prime minister.
There have been fears that the army could step in – some thing that appears unlikely given how strong the elected PM’s democratic mandate is, and given also the size of the US loan that will be lost should they engage in anything as rash as a coup d’etat.
And should they do so, Pakistan will follow the Arab world in becoming a laughing stock – something that even the coup prone military is keen to avoid.
An Egyptian court has ordered the release on bail of former President Hosni Mubarak in a corruption case.
Reports from Cairo suggest he may be freed from prison on Thursday, but the prosecution may still appeal.
The 85-year-old is also being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power in 2011.
He was sentenced to life in jail last year, but a retrial was later ordered after his appeal was upheld.
That retrial opened in May but Mr Mubarak has now served the maximum amount of pre-trial detention permitted in the case.
Britain has condemned the barbaric actions of Egypt’s Security Forces in the strongest possible terms, whilst in Washington whose government provides 1.2 billion dollars in aid, most of which goes to the very military that is employing machine gunfire, snipers and tear gas on its own people, there’s a reported air of resignation, that this was bound to happen.
Words, or worse still passive acceptance of the unfolding massacre in Cairo, will not do – not if Western governments ever want to be taken seriously went they decide to lecture others about human rights or attempt to seek allies in future interventions on humanitarian missions.
Islamists – including the Muslim Brotherhood – won 75 per cent of the vote in the country’s first ever election.
The army, backed by groups who had everything to lose by allowing a party whose sole cause is greater social justice to prosper overthrew them, caged the elected President, opened fire directly into crowds from the first day of protests against the coup and are now committing murder against its own people.
Some have said this is Algeria all over again, it is worse.
Of all the Arab countries in turmoil – Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Libya – Egypt looks the most likely to go the way of Sudan.
And if no one acts now, Egypt will collapse into at least two, the elite backed by the army and the Islamists.
And that could be three, if the Christians feel they are better protected by outside Western powers rather than the blood-stained armed forces of Cairo.
With the army’s ‘sort it out’ deadline approaching, the democratically elected government of Mohammed Morsi remains defiant.
The Muslim Brotherhood did after all win elections for the presidency and the prime minster’s office, with turn out high.
That was history – the first time Egypt had ever allowed its people choose who leads their nation.
And yet a year on, some people are trying to bring it to an end.
This is not the birth pangs of a new democracy in Egypt, but rather an attempt by a mob to overthrow a ruler chosen by the majority of people.
As a result, those of the street will set back a process that had only just begun, a process that was taking this third world country into the modern age.
At best, Egypt will become another Tunisia or Algeria, with weak governments who answer to the military.
Perhaps, the best indicator of who is behind the scenes we are witnessing on television comes from the demeanor of the fallen dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
At his trial, he lay in bed, a man said to be dying.
At his retrial, he seemed to have miraculously recovered.
In fact, he seemed to know something that the rest of us didn’t.
Perhaps that it’s still the country’s military that rule the roost and that they were finding allies quickly.
Those who believe that the hated dictator never left may well be right.