-Announces that Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan & Palestine will jointly move the UN against Israeli aggression
-NA unanimously passes resolution condemning Israel’s violence against Palestinians
-Opposition Leader urges Islamic countries to represent people’s voices regarding Palestine issue
-Israeli warplanes stage more heavy strikes across Gaza City
-Death toll in Gaza hits 200 mark, including 58 children & 34 women
By Asghar Ali Mubarak
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday announced that Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan and Palestine will jointly move to the United Nations against Israel’s military aggression in Gaza.
Addressing the National Assembly session today, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the four countries would jointly demand to convene a UN General Assembly meeting on the Palestine issue. The foreign minister said that he would leave for turkey today where he would meet with his counterparts and will discuss the grave situation in Palestine. People in western counties were also staging rallies in solidarity with the Palestinians, he said, and hoped that the European Union will also raise its voice against Israeli brutalities in Palestine.
Earlier today, Opposition leader of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif had spoken over the Palestine issue in the National Assembly session, as the middle eastern country continues to suffer massacre led by the Israeli occupation force, calling on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Arab League to soon commence a meeting on the matter.
He had said that while the people of the whole world, including non-Muslims, protest against Israeli atrocities, the international media was not reporting on it and the heads of European states were silent. God forbid, he had said, if it were any Muslim country doing the modicum of what Israel had been doing, it would have meant war.
The only crime of Palestinians, which had silenced the international community, was that they are Muslims, he had asserted.
Moreover, The National Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution expressing deep concern over the increasing violence and brutality perpetrated against the Palestinian people by the Israeli apartheid regime. The house condemned the systematic and institutionalised oppression and domination of the Palestinian people and denounced their systematic and brutal disenfranchisement, exclusion, and ethnic cleansing.
The National Assembly strongly denounced the attacks by the Israeli regime on worshippers in al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan and attempts to stop the Azaan — call for prayer.
“[The house] denounces and rejects the continuing practice of expanding settlements through forced evictions by the apartheid regime, which are in violation of Article 49 of the Four Geneva Convention,” the resolution said.