Pakistan reaffirms support for rights of Palestinians

2015-11-28 07:25:40 | Al Muslim News
Pakistan reaffirms support for rights of Palestinians
(IINA) Pakistan has reiterated its firm stance in support of the Palestinian cause and the rights of the Palestinian people.

 

In a message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reassured the Palestinian people that the Pakistani nation would continue to support them unwaveringly in their struggle for the right to self-determination.

Palestinians still suffer injustice, oppression and human rights violations of the occupying forces, Prime Minister Sharif said. He stressed that this right is inalienable.

The PM Sharif said that as the people of Pakistan observed another day of solidarity with their Palestinian brothers, they also expressed deep disappointment with the international community for having failed the just cause of Palestine for yet another year.

The PM Sharif said that there was also a glimmer of hope as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had hoisted the proud Palestinian flag among the flags of sovereign states at the United Nations on September 30.

“This was, indeed, a great milestone in Palestine’s quest for full membership of the United Nations,” he added.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around November 29 each year.

Pakistan–Palestinian relations are the bilateral relationship between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority. Pakistan fully supports the proposal of the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Due to Pakistan's pro-Palestinian stance, Pakistan not recognizes Israeli state.

During the 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza conflict, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi have condemned the Israeli attacks in Gaza that killed over 1500 people on Saturday and have appealed for cessation of hostilities.[9] President Asif Ali Zardari further said Israel's air raids on Gaza Strip have "violated the Charter of United Nations". He also urged the entire world to take swift action of Israel's raids on Gaza as it was as open violation of UN Charter. Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN,  called for an immediate ceasefire and calm. He criticised Israel saying the unrestrained use of force, scale of destruction, killing of innocent civilians, including women and children, the violation of UN safe havens. 

After the Gaza flotilla raid on May 31, 2010,Pakistan strongly condemned the Israeli action, calling it a cruel act and an open violation of international laws and ethics. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated that "Pakistan strongly condemns this incident. Our point of view was that there was no moral or legal reason for this attack". The Pakistani government also expressed deep concern over the well-being of Pakistanis and journalists on board and Pakistani missions are in touch with Arab countries of the region to get information about the status of the Pakistani nationals in the flotilla. President and Prime Minister of Pakistan  strongly condemned the Israeli actions. Among the people who were aboard the Gaza flotilla ship and arrested by Israeli forces during that time was Pakistani journalist Syed Talat Hussain with his producer. He was the only Pakistani journalist that time who traveled with the flotilla and garnered wide attention in Pakistani media. 

On 14 April 2012, Pakistani Delegation Lead by Allma Qazi Norani, Sabir Karbali, Hasnat Qadri, Arsalan Ayaz others participated in a Global road Caravan towards Jerusalem.

On November 29, 2012, Pakistan voted in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19 Palestine to non-member observer state status in the United Nations. 

During the2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: "I am saddened and disappointed to note the silence of international community against this injustice, the silence and ineffectiveness of the Muslim Ummah has made Palestinians more vulnerable and made Israel more aggressive. The world must stop Israel from this naked and brutal aggression". He termed the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza as ‘genocide’.

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