NA condemns Israeli attacks in Palestine

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The resolution urged the international community and Muslim countries to adopt effective strategies against Israel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday has tabled a resolution in National Assembly (NA) against the brutalities of Israel in Palestine.

The resolution demanded emergency meeting of Security Council to take action against the attacks of Israeli forces on innocent Palestinians. It also urged the international community and Muslim countries to adopt effective strategies against Israel.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Monday the PTI-led government would never step back from the country’s stance on Palestine and Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

FM Qureshi, speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, said he would leave for Turkey tonight and meet his Turkish, Palestinian, and Sudanese counterparts there.

He said Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan, and Palestine’s foreign ministers would visit New York and raise their voices against Israel’s aggression in the Gaza Strip at the UN General Assembly.

“I will represent the voices of 22 million Pakistanis in New York,” he said.

Permanent Observer Mission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations will contact the president of UNGA and ask him to summon a session on the issue immediately, he said.

FM Qureshi said the war-like situation in Palestine should come to an end as innocent Palestinians are being martyred every day.

“Even the people in Western countries aren’t quiet about it,” he said. “Tomorrow, the European Union has called its meeting of foreign ministers to deliberate over the matter of Palestine — given that they have 65 million Muslims residing there, so they won’t let them down.”

The foreign minister said Pakistan had adopted a clear stance during a session of the OIC yesterday, where it demanded Israel’s crimes against humanity should not escape accountability.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif addressed the floor of the Lower House and spoke in detail about the ongoing situation in Palestine.

The PML-N president said he would not shed light on the government’s tactics against the Opposition as the lawmakers had gathered today to voice their concerns against Israel’s attacks on Palestine.

Innocent people were attacked in Al-Aqsa Mosque after which Israel’s air force pummeled the Gaza strip and destroyed numerous homes, the Opposition leader said.

“Since 1948, the way that Israeli governments and their armed forces have attacked Palestinians is not hidden from anyone,” he said.

In East Jerusalem, extremists had chanted “Death to Arabs” and the entire world witnessed the attacks on innocent Palestinians after that, he said.

He said that six to seven million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes because of Israeli aggression, adding that if a Muslim country had restored to such atrocities, then war would have been started against it.

“Today, international media is silent. If another country had killed so many innocent civilians, the whole world would have imposed sanctions on it,” said Shahbaz.

Shahbaz further said that Islamic countries should represent people’s emotions regarding the Palestine issue, adding that Muslim nations should unite and voice their concerns without wasting time. He also suggested that Pakistan should observe “Youm-e-Quds” on Friday to show solidarity with the people of Palestine and said that Pakistan should send relief to Palestine through the Red Cross.