Senate passes condemnation resolution against Israel aggression

Newly-appointed Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses the media on his first day at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on August 20, 2018. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP)

No basses for US in Pakistan: Qureshi

Ijaz Kakakhel

The Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution condemning crimes against humanity committed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza and announced assistance to Palestine in rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The resolution moved by Leader of the House Dr Shehzad Waseem, also expressed its deep resentment at the hypocrisy and double standards of various countries, whose condemnation is missing but still talk of humanity; despite being complacent with the aggressor.

It said we reject any attempt to equate the aggressor Israel with the victims of aggression, the Palestinian people as it is not a conflict rather a one-sided war.

The Senate of Pakistan welcomed the government of Pakistan’s initiative to dispatch humanitarian assistance to the encircled people of Gaza.

The House also urged the international community to take immediate effective and concrete steps to save Palestinian people from further anguish and miseries at the hands of fascist Israeli war machine.

These steps must include lifting of the blockade in Gaza, sending shipments of humanities supplies to the people of Gaza, urge cessation of Israeli aggression, sending independent observer teams to Gaza, contributing to the reconstruction and rebuilding of Gaza, and initiating war crimes trials against Israeli occupation army for their crimes in Gaza and Jerusalem.

The House made it clear that Palestine is facing nothing less than genocide, massacre and ethnic cleansing. Israel is an apartheid state and guilty of war crimes and settler colonialism.

Only a two-state solution is acceptable with total withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem and the establishment of an independent homeland for Palestinians with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Addressing the House Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said durable peace in the Middle East is not possible without resolving the Palestine issue.

He stressed the need for evolving international consensus to formulate a comprehensive strategy to solve the Palestine issue. He said Pakistan played a vital role in achieving a ceasefire in Gaza to protect precious human lives of the Palestinian people.

The Foreign Minister said the cabinet has approved sending humanitarian assistance to help our Palestinian brethren.