Pakistan rejects Israeli annexation plans of Palestinian land
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, politicians, and lawmakers have unanimously rejected Israel’s plans to annex the Jordan Valley and all illegal settlement blocs in the West Bank.
“Pakistan has a morally consistent position on Palestine. We view Israel’s coalition legislative proposal of “annexation” of the West Bank with grave concern,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Aisha Farooqui, told Anadolu Agency.
Farooqui added, ”Islamabad, is opposed to any move for the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories as it would be a “serious violation of International law,” and a risky escalation in an already volatile situation.
Palestinian regions are under illegal Israeli occupation since 1967.
Pakistan supports the position adopted by the OIC and the UN on the issue of Palestine, and calls upon the international community to sustain and support the rights of the Palestinians,” she added.
“We restate our consistent support for the two-state solution of the Palestine issue as enshrined in the Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions. Pakistan reaffirms its call for the establishment of an independent, viable, and adjoining State of Palestine, based on an internationally agreed framework, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital.”
Saleem H. Mandviwalla, deputy chairman of the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament, said the country cannot stay silent over Israel’s illegal move and will continue to support the Palestine struggle.
At a meeting with a commission of Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLF) in the capital Islamabad, Mandviwalla said the “Zionist lobby” had been a significant hurdle in the way of a peaceful solution of the Palestine issue.
“A large number of Jews living in various parts of the world distinguish themselves from Zionists,” he said.
Senator Sirajul Haq, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), said the Muslim world has already rejected Israel’s annexation plan to occupy Palestinian territories on the pretext of so-called “Deal of the Century.”
The move, Haq alerted in a statement, would destroy all hopes for peace in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he will begin with the annexation in early July.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the EU, and the UN among many others, have also called on Israel to scrap its plans.
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