President, PM reaffirm Pakistan's unwavering support to Palestinian people 

President, PM reaffirm Pakistan's unwavering support to Palestinian people 

Islamabad (Web Desk): On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have reaffirmed Pakistan's unwavering support to the cause of Palestine against the tyranny and illegal occupation of the Israeli forces.

In his message on the ocassion, President Dr Arif Alvi said Pakistan has historically supported the legitimate struggle of Palestinians and shall continue to do so.

He said collective voice and action could bring peace and security to the Palestinians and expressed hope that justice and fairness would prevail over tyranny and oppression.

President Alvi hoped that the conscience of the world would triumph over narrow self-interests.

He stressed that Pakistan fully supported the Palestinian position and their readiness to negotiate a peace accord based upon internationally recognized terms of reference and pre-1967 borders.

"The accord needs to be under international monitoring, holding accountable the parties and within a determined and binding timeframe, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine," he said.

President Alvi pointed out that during the last seven and half decades, there was systematic and increasing abuse of the Palestinians at the hands of Israelis.

The president said the most recent episode of the incessant Israeli violence was seen in August this year when it’s bombing in Gaza resulted in the deaths of approximately 50 Palestinians including 17 children, and injuries to more than 300.

“Despite any action that Israel takes to annex occupied Palestinian territories, the annexation and occupation will remain in contravention of the principles of international humanitarian law and international law,” he said.

Dr Alvi said the occupying power could take control of the territory, but it could not take control of the minds and spirit of the occupied people.

“The struggle of the Palestinians for their freedom will continue until they are given the chance to exercise their right to self-determination and Pakistan will stand by them,” he said.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a series of tweets on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, said that this day highlights the extreme sufferings Palestinians have endured under illegal Israeli occupation.

PM Shehbaz said that Israeli persecution and oppressive actions that find no parallel in contemporary history are emboldened by impunity.

He said unresolved Palestinian issue is not just a moral question, but an issue that has implication for global peace.

PM Shehbaz said Pakistan supports two-state solution as per the United Nations (UN) resolutions.