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Ex Prez Mohammed Morsi of Egypt dies in the court room
"Ehd-e-Gul khatam hua, toot gaya Saaz-e-Chaman Ur gaye Daliyon se Zamzamaye Parvaz-e-Chaman"

The 67-year-old Morsi fainted during a court session on Monday and died afterwards. He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died, a judicial source said.

Mohammed Morsi, a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood organization, was Egypt's first democratically-elected president after the 2011 revolution, but he was deposed following a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013. He had been serving a 20-year prison term on charges of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters, a 25-year jail term on charges of passing intelligence to Qatar and a three-year term for insulting the judiciary.

Going into flashback, most of the Arab world had rejoiced in the election of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate as Egypt's new president. It was the victory of the Brotherhood movement and considered as a validation of the rightness of MB's struggle. The overwhelming celebrations broke out in Gaza and in the major cities of Jordan, Lebanon, the UAE, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and many other countries. Marches and rallies were held, with shots fired in the air and sweets handed out in the streets and mosques. The "historical victory" was described as the beginning of a brand new politics; a dawn of a new era. Faiz Abu Shamala, a columnist on the Hamas website, wrote: "Dr. Muhammad Mursi, you are the elected president of the Palestinian people. In fact, you are the elected president of all the Arabs..."

As expected, some of the Arab regimes in the Gulf, especially those of Saudi Arabia and the UAE were alarmed at Musri's victory. The old apprehensions that were haunting them since the Revolution of Ayatullah Khomeni in Iran, these despots were afraid that the Muslim Brotherhood might try to export its revolution to their territories. The activities of MB in the Gulf were never welcome. Even the Syrian opposition also didn't relish the idea of a bounce in Brotherhood's political influence. These rulers were afraid that new resistance axis headed by Iran in the Arab region might cause a collapse of royal reigns of the desert.

However, it was not easy to tame the new tiger. The Gulf States knew that they needed Egypt as a strategic ally and partner in leading the Arab world. Consequently, new political equations were tried, new trends of compromises also emerged in order to preserve the historical alliance with Egypt.

Of course, the small state of Qatar was an exception. The Thani Family of Qatar had been using Al-Jazeera TV to encourage the Arab spring revolutions in the Middle East and especially in Egypt. They had maintained a cozy relationship with Muslim Brotherhood. The Qatari royals welcomed the election of Mursi's with exuberance and exhilaration. There was no love lost between the earlier dictator of Egypt ? Husni Mubarak and Qatar. The Tahnis had competed with Egypt for leadership of the region.

The initial impressions that Egypt, under Mohammed Mursi, would emulate or duplicate the Islamic model of Iran proved overestimated. With a brief passage of time, it was clear that Egyptian MB had no intention of emulating Iran or joining its axis, the Iranians gave Morsi a cold shoulder.

Mohammed Morsi was elected to the country's top office in June 2012 after a mass uprising that swept away the three-decade rule of Hosni Mubarak. Unfortunately, as he sought to project himself as the "voice for all Egyptians," he couldn't come out of the clutches of hardened Muslim Brotherhood's policy makers. He was never allowed to charter any independent course that would make him more acceptable to the Egyptian masses. So many divergent power brokers successfully converged to pull the rug from under his feet. The wheel came to full circle and finally he was ousted by his own army chief -- the future President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Mursi had been languishing in prison after being convicted for conspiring with foreign militants in the prison breakout as well as passing state secrets to Qatar.

As it happens in case where the rulers are toppled in military coupes, a plethora of charges were made against him. He was awarded life imprisonment. As he was going through the torturous trials and tribulations, he got the final call that declared the end of his life today. A chapter of Islamic history is closed. The book of Egyptian democracy is shelved.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first world leader today to pay tribute to Morsi, calling him a "martyr." "May Allah rest our brother Morsi, our martyr's soul in peace," said Erdogan, who had forged close ties with the late former president.

"Kal ka pahiya ghoomey bhaiya, koi gati insan chaley."

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