Pakistan Stands with Palestine


Palestinian Muslims have been facing Israeli oppression for over several decades, and the war crimes by Israeli forces are still rampant in the occupied territories. In the previous month, Human Rights Watch, in its report, has declared that Israel is pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinian Muslims. Millions of people and many countries across the globe raise voices against the atrocities of Israel but Pakistan has been following a different policy that is not executed by many. Pakistan does not recognize Israel and the leadership in Pakistan has always been of the view that Pakistan will not recognize Israel until they get a just and fair settlement according to the will of the people of Palestine and the resolutions of the UN. In the recent wave of state terrorism, perpetrated by Israel, against the Palestinian Muslims, more than 100 innocent civilians have died and hundreds of people are wounded. In this troubling situation, Pakistan has announced full support to Pakistan and also initiated diplomatic efforts to take the issue of Palestinian Muslims to the highest forums like the UN. For instance, a day earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi left for Turkey on a diplomatic mission to bring the international community’s attention to the worsening situation in Palestine. After Turkey, Qureshi is to leave for New York with the foreign ministers of Palestine, Turkey, and Sudan where he will hold “important meetings” with dignitaries and “raise a voice for oppressed Palestinians in the United Nations General Assembly”. Moreover, the Pakistani government has also decided to send aid to Palestine to help the country deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The founding father of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, while talking about the Palestine issue in February 1946, told a New York Times correspondent that he would go to any lengths to help the Palestinians. When asked to define ‘any length’, he said, ‘It means whatever we can do, violence, if necessary.

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