Islamabad – Staff Reporter:
Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the Muslim world has strongly condemned the Israeli atrocities in Palestine.
“Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) categorically condemned the Israeli aggression in Gaza,” FM Qureshi said.
He said the UNGA also met to discuss the issue but sadly the United States used its veto power to halt the release of a joint statement on the conflict.
People are now protesting in the United States, London, and other European countries against the unabated Israeli aggression that has claimed the lives of nearly 200 people including children.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said now the issue will also be discussed at the European and Britain parliaments.
He criticized Israel’s statement of carrying out airstrikes to defend its citizens. “The world should answer what the unarmed Palestinian people can do to the modernly equipped army.”
On Sunday, Pakistan condemned the ongoing Israeli attacks against Palestinians, at the virtual conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation held to discuss the issue.
Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s support for Palestine and asked for an end to the indiscriminate use of violence by Israeli forces.
There are “no words to condemn the barbaric, systematic oppression” against civilians in Gaza, he said. The violence is against international and humanitarian laws. “Attacks on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque, and violating its sanctity…death and destruction in Ramazan and Eid is unacceptable.”
He said that Pakistan initiated resolutions as a member of UNSC to preserve the sanctity of worship places, and violating it is against international law.
He asked for the international community to protect Palestinians from violence, and implementation of resolutions by UNSC and UNHCR for a peaceful solution to the conflict. He said that Israel cannot be allowed to continue its “crimes against humanity” with impunity, which is against international conventions.
A false equivalence is being created between Israeli aggression and self-defence by Palestinians, he said. Qureshi condemned attempts to “silence media” by attacking buildings in which media staff were housed.
He asked for the Muslim ummah to show unity to support Palestinians.
The heaviest fighting since 2014, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, saw both sides again trade heavy fire and has now claimed more than 200 lives in the crowded coastal enclave of Gaza and killed 10 people in Israel since Monday, reported.