FM condemns Israeli atrocities in occupied Palestinian territories

By Staff Reporter
Friday – May 28, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Condemning the Israeli atrocities in occupied Palestinian territories, the foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi commended the role of United Nations (UN) General Assembly (UNGA) president Volkan Bozkır, on Thursday, in organising a special meeting of the UNGA last week.

According to a press release, the UNGA president called on the FM at the foreign office (FO) in the federal capital.

FM Qureshi emphasised that the international community must fulfil its responsibility in protecting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and take steps to facilitate a just, comprehensive and lasting solution in line with the UN resolutions envisaging the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State, with pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

He apprised UNGA president Bozkir about the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

FM Qureshi stressed that India’s systematic efforts to change the demographic structure of IIOJK were in contravention of international law, including the fourth Geneva convention.

He called for a just and peaceful solution of Jammu and Kashmir (JK) dispute in line with UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Focusing on the importance of the UN reforms, the FM underscored the need to transform the organisation into a more effective, transparent, democratic, accountable and efficient body.

Appreciating the role of the UNGA president in that regard, he reiterated Pakistan’s support for a comprehensive and consensus-based reform of the UNSC.

FM Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s positive contribution in facilitating the Afghan peace process and reiterated Pakistan’s support for a negotiated political settlement for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.

Welcoming UNGA president Bozkir’s initiative of vaccine for all, the FM re-emphasised Pakistan’s call for universal access to affordable vaccines for COVID-19 (coronavirus). He stressed the importance of removing export restrictions on vaccines and essential materials for the benefit of humanity.

He further stressed the need for enhanced international cooperation, under UN auspices, to end illicit financial flows and enhance investments in sustainable infrastructure in order to meet the sustainable development and climate goals.

The interaction included a tête-à-tête, followed by delegation level talks and a joint press stakeout.