Pakistan strongly condemned the Israeli attacks against the Palestinians on Sunday at a virtual conference of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistan and urged the international community to play its part in stopping this massacre in Gaza. He said, “Pakistan is opposed by the sheer magnitude of illegal and disproportionate use of force which tan-mounts to tyranny by the Israeli occupation forces.”

“As a member of the Executive Committee and the next Chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Pakistan remains ready to join hands with the other OIC members in any move to stop the ongoing bloodshed, and restore human dignity and human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.

All necessary steps must be taken for stopping the ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people and their properties. We call for immediate action on the following:

One, the international community must protect the Palestinians against the blatant and illegal use of force and flagrant violations of human rights. It should urgently intervene and take concerted actions to stop Israeli atrocities against civilian population in Gaza. The bombardment in Gaza must be stopped immediately.

Two, implementing forthwith resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council is both critical and urgent.

Three, Israel’s crimes against humanity should not escape accountability. There should be no impunity for Israel’s violation of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention and the various human rights treaties.

Four, attempts to create a false equivalence between Israel, the aggressor, and Palestinians, the victims, are inexcusable and as the collective voice of the Muslim Ummah the OIC should work in unity to dispel this deliberately deceptive perception. Attempts to silence media and reporting, through tyranny, evident from Israel’s horrifying air strike yesterday, bringing down a high rise building in Gaza that housed media outlets is unacceptable.

Qureshi talks to Egyptian FM, condemns massacre of Palestinians by Israeli forces

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has expressed deep concern and anguish over the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and condemned massacre of Palestinians, including children, by the Israeli forces.

Foreign Minister Qureshi discussed Palestine situation with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry in a telephone conversation.

Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed his apprehensions about the rapidly deteriorating situation and emphasised the need for regional powers and international community to play their part in de-escalating the tense situation.

He appreciated Egypt for playing a positive role and making efforts for peace.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also exchanged views on how OIC could play a constructive role in protecting the Palestinians.

Foreign Minister Shoukry appreciated Pakistan for reaching out to brotherly Muslim countries and making an effort for restoring peace in the region. He briefed Foreign Minister Qureshi on latest developments and apprised him of Egypt’s efforts in finding a diplomatic solution to the tense situation.

The two foreign ministers agreed to accord highest priority to de-escalating the situation and resolved to continue liaising closely on the matter.

Foreign Minister Qureshi continues to reach out to his counterparts from key countries on the situation in Palestine. He has already held telephonic conversations with the foreign ministers of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Afghanistan and China.


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