Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (SUDANOW)---Columnist Al-Tahir Satti has described as "very gruesome" an attack that was launched on a meeting of the Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) in Khartoum's Al-Sahafa neighborhood on Saturday which he said must be denounced by all components of the Sudanese people.

He called in his column that was published by Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Sunday for an investigation of the incident to identify the perpetrators and bring them to account for the attack so that the people are reassured that they have shifted from the state of injustice and atrocity that was established by the PCP elders to the state of freedom, peace and justice that is presently being founded by the youths.

Satti said it would be a mistake to attribute the attack to the youths of  the revolution as explicitly stated by some people and implicitly asserted  by others, because, he went on, the youths have made it clear that they are against violence, shouting in their demonstrations that the protests are: " Peaceful against the Thieves".

Besides denouncing the attack, the PCP elders must be reminded that what happened to them was the harvest of what they have sown and that the attackers were part of the victims of decades of violence that was implanted by their party which is nicknamed the legitimate parent of the National Congress Party (NCP), said Satti.

He added that the attack should serve as a warning to the Transitional Military Council (TMC), the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Declaration of the Freedom and Change (DFCF) to expedite formation of a civilian government that will set up a state of law that will keep an equal distance to all faiths, ethnicities, parties and cultures.



Columnist Ikhlas Nimir has harshly criticized Islamist Abdul Hai Yusuf for planning to organize a demonstration in Khartoum in support of the Islamic Sharia law which the imam (prayers leader) believes is threatened by the current upheaval that succeeded in the removal of dictator Omar al-Beshir.

However, the demonstration for which the Islamic fundamentalist said he would rally a million demonstrators and was scheduled to be staged on Monday, was either postponed or prevented by the authorities.

In a column that was published on Aljareedah daily newspaper of Monday, Ikhlas began by identifying Yusuf as an intimate supporter of the deposed dictator who appointed Dr. Yusuf to numerous councils and boards as Islamic adviser or mufti.

She said the sheikh witnessed all practices of killing and torturing rivals during 30 years of the atrocious political Islamic rule which imposed various forms of violence against everyone who expressed a different political opinion.

Ikhlas questioned whether Yusuf agrees that the Islamic faith permits the killing of innocent persons, including Muslims, and whether he has ever pronounced any opposition to the practices of Beshir which were contrary to Islam that the dictator alleged to observe.

She said Yusuf appears to fear the regime that would be established by Army General Command sit-inners would abolish a non-existent Islamic Sharia while, Ikhlas added, those protesters are ardent Islamic adherents, citing last Friday's prayers in which millions of them had participated.



Referring to a demand by Dr. Ali al-Hajj for a share in the new regime the succeeded in the ouster of Dictator Omar al-Beshir's regime, Ambassador Sadek al-Mugly has stated that Hajj was part of the June 1989 coup detat and the regime that ruled with the force of arms and persecution for 10 years until the 1999 split of the ruling Islamists.

Those 10 years were the most violent, atrocious and brutal era that began with the execution of two young men of Khartoum's wealthy families for possessing a handful of dollars, a case that was shortly followed by big operations of speculation and trade in dollars by prominent government and ruling party officials, Mugly recalled in a column that was published by Alintibaha daily newspaper of Wednesday.

He said that period also saw the summary execution of 28 army officers by the defunct regime on charges of a coup attempt, unlike the 1989 one which toppled a legitimate government.

The former ambassador said the errors by the obsolete regime included taking sides with Iraq's Saddam Hussein on annexing Kuwait, perpetrating terrorist practices that ended up with international political and economic sanctions and the mistakes in Nevasha agreement that led to the secession of South Sudan.  

He advised Hajj and his Popular Congress Party to let the new leadership rule during the agreed upon transitional period and to participate in the coming free and fair elections in which everyone will bow for the winner.



Columnist Abdulla al-Sheikh warns that there is a clandestine alliance between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Muslim Brothers, citing the procrastination by the TMC in support of the popular upheaval as a strong evidence to this.

Writing in Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Thursday, Sheikh said this Satan/Brotherhood alliance is aimed at aborting the popular revolution, indicating a call by Islamist Ibrahim al-Sanousy for rallying around the TMC.

The columnist also indicated a campaign by the Islamists (nicknamed Kaizan, Arabic plural of Kouz, a water cup) in promotion for a military rule.

He added that the clandestine alliance prepares for a new phase of a confrontation between the military and the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF), as, according to Sheikh, the two sides have until now failed to reach agreement, with the FCF building up more barricades and blocking roads and the TMC announcing threats, while its Vice President (Hamidaty) declaring impatience.



Despite the criticism that has been directed to him, the new Attorney-general, Al-Walid Seed Ahmed, still deals with the deposed criminal Omar al-Beshir in compassion and tenderness by issuing instructions for interrogation of the latter only on money laundering and financing of terrorism, noted columnist Zuhair al-Sarraj in a column that was published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Saturday.

He added that the Attorney-General limited the interrogation to the laundering of money and funding of terrorism despite the grave crimes Beshir committed during his detested rule, topped by killing 300,000 persons in Darfur and undermining a democratically elected government with force in June 1989 and other crimes.

Those crimes are well established and do not require a protracted investigation or witnesses as the toppled dictator confessed in televised speeches that he had killed 10,000 people in Darfur and had declared the coup detat crime in his first communique on June 30, 1989, Sarraj said.

The Attorney-General should have started with those crimes rather than with the money laundering and terrorism financing on which it is not known whether Ahmed has named specific charges or whether the issue is still under preliminary investigation that may end up with acquitting the ousted dictator, the columnist said.

He did not rule out such an acquittal in light of the compassion and tenderness with which the Transitional Military Council and the Attorney-General deal with Beshir and the other criminals.




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