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Lawmaker, Religious Leader Express Concern over Bahrain Situation

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TEHRAN, March 19 (ICANA) – A Pakistani parliamentarian and religious leader Friday warned against seriously negative consequences of deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:32:39 PM
Lawmaker, Religious Leader Express Concern over Bahrain Situation

Talking to IRNA they added that legitimate demands of the people of Bahrain for democracy must be met.

Over 1,000 Saudi Arabian troops have arrived in Bahrain to help the crackdown on demonstrators.

People in Bahrain have been peacefully camping in Pearl Square since February 14th, demanding King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's ouster and constitutional reforms.

Several Bahrainis have lost their lives so far and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Bahrain is a key US ally and host of the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Iranian Foreign Minister Spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast has said that the 'presence of foreign forces in Bahrain is unacceptable' and would only complicate the crisis in the country.

Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad and Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad stressed the need for forging unity among Muslim world to encounter conspiracies against Islam.

“The deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain is a negative development”, he believed.

The Senator was of the view that the demands of people of Bahrain must be met. The law maker advised the Muslim Ummah to remain vigilant against anti-Islam conspiracies.

“The policies of the US backed, pro-Zionist regime in Bahrain have forced the people to come on streets”, he added.

Jamat-e-Islami (JI) leader Siraj ul Haq expressing his views said that the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain would further complicate the situation.

The religious leader went on to say that ongoing injustice and misuse of resources are the reasons for the protest in Persian Gulf kingdom.

“People of Bahrain wanted freedom of expression and Islamic rule”, he added.

He also accused U.S. of double standards against Muslim countries adding that US is backing dictators and monarchs who are forwarding their agenda.

Siraj ul Haq regretted that Muslim leaders have become tools in the hands of US.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has also called for continued consultations between regional countries to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The Iranian minister called on the United Nations (UN) to take immediate measures to stop the incursion in Bahrain.

Salehi has aslo written letters to the UN, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Arab League regarding the situation in crisis-hit Bahrain.

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