ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has turned down Israel’s plans to annex the Jordan valley and all settlement blocs in West Bank.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Aisha Farooqui said,”Pakistan has a principled consistent position on Palestine. We view Israel’s coalition government proposal of “annexation” of the West Bank with grave concern.”
She said Pakistan was opposed to any move for the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories as it would be a “serious violation of International law”, and a dangerous escalation in an already volatile situation. Palestinian territories are under illegal Israeli occupation since 1967.
“Pakistan supports the position adopted by the UN and OIC on the issue of Palestine, and calls upon the international community to uphold and support the rights of the Palestinians,” she added.
“We reiterate our consistent support for the two-state solution of the Palestine issue as enshrined in the relevant Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions”, she added.
The spokesperson said, “Pakistan renews its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and the contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.”
Meanwhile, Saleem Mandviwalla, deputy chairman of the upper house of the Pakistan parliament, said that his country cannot stay silent over Israel’s planned move, and will continue to support the Palestine cause.
At a meeting with a delegation of Palestine Foundation Pakistan in Islamabad, Mandviwalla, who is also a leader Pakistan Peoples Party, said the “Zionist lobby” had been a major hurdle in the way of a peaceful solution of the Palestine issue.
“A large number of Jews living in different parts of the world distinguish themselves from Zionists,” he said.
Senator Sirajul Haq, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, said the Muslim world has already rejected Israel’s annexation plan to occupy Palestinian lands on the pretext of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”
The move, Siraj warned in a statement, would further destroy all hopes for peace in the Middle East.
“The US-Israel plan to extend [Tel Aviv’s] illegal settlements would be a violation of international law,” he said, appreciating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “who has always raised voice for Palestinians and Kashmiris.”
“The silence of the Muslim world has actually encouraged Israel to kill Palestinians and displacing them from their homes, and hearths,” he said.
“Palestinians have been facing state-sponsored terrorism for over the last seven decades but world powers are silent over Israeli atrocities and violation of international human rights.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he will begin with the annexation in early July.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UN, and EU among many other countries have also called on Israel to scrap its plans.