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Nod to security and safety pact

THE Gulf Security Pact has ignited disagreements, calling to mind the principle: “Do not move close to prayer” (La taqrabu al-salat). On the other hand, those who are against the proposal are taking time to study its contents, especially the introduction and first chapter. This pact has been amended; it is no longer the version presented for deliberation in 1981. Therefore, the current argument does not show respect for the State Constitution or preservation of freedom; it is rather a struggle for personal and electoral interests. It is also a bid to derail the GCC countries from the path towards declaring the Gulf Confederation.

We have been listening to series of frivolities in the past few days as people have begun to mix up issues in order to settle political scores. It is very painful to see members of the so-called majority bloc in the nullified parliament struggling hard to capitalize on the fact that people are generally ignorant of the contents of the pact. They want to use the opportunity to be back in reckoning after falling into political obscurity due to the exposure of their past fabrications concerning the North Kuwait oil wells, K-Dow deal and one-vote electoral system.

A few troublemakers, alongside some incumbent lawmakers and political blocs, possibly did not understand that political blackmail and noises are no longer in vogue; not even this time when Kuwait has been recovering politically with the take off of the parliamentary life on the right track. Failure to understand that or stubbornness could not deprive the government of its responsibilities, especially its role in establishing competence and capability in facing any suspicious or selfish campaigns to avoid being an easy ride for every selfish person to jump. 

Contents of the pact are clear enough and they do not require interpretations. Whoever reads it painstakingly will realize it does not contradict the Kuwaiti laws and Constitution. The pact does not attempt to restrain freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed in this country. Citizens have been enjoying such freedom since its inception several centuries ago. The objective behind calls for interpretations is satanic and an attempt to exploit the situation for purposes, which are far from the real objective of the integrated step towards Gulf unity.

Yes, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim was right when he said, “We cannot breakaway from our Gulf ties and we will not approve whatever contradicts the Constitution”. The Gulf ties mentioned by Al-Ghanim is not the product of Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council, since the council itself is the natural product of the social and economic link, as well as the unity of fate that affected citizens of the GCC countries several centuries back. The amended Gulf Security Pact takes cognizance of those foundations upon which relations between citizens and governments of the Gulf are built, why the fear then?

 Didn’t Kuwait sign pacts relating to security and military with other GCC countries? It even has pacts with many countries across the world in that regard. Definitely, the international laws in security cooperation are binding. If Kuwait compromises part of its sovereignty in the security pact as claimed by some people, why did those people agree on it during discussions in the National Assembly when they were lawmakers?

If some people believe in using the ‘grab them with noise’ style to impose their whims on Kuwaitis, they are making a big mistake. These people, the incumbent lawmakers and the politically irrelevant among them, should realize the time has changed. Many people outside are very good in thorough reading to understand the real objectives of deceivers who think they could reach or hit the targets by fishing in the murky water. 


By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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