Pakistan remains committed to the cause of Palestine

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – January 19, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The senate foreign affairs committee (S-FAC) chairman Mushahid Hussain Syed said Pakistan and Iran share common perspective on Palestine as both oppose any attempt at undermining the just cause of the people of Palestine and both remain committed to the formation of an independent Palestine, Monday, with Jerusalem as its capital as enshrined in the united nations (UN) resolutions.

According to a press release, the senator was addressing virtual meeting of the national security and foreign policy committees of pro-Palestine countries hosted by the parliament of Iran.

He informed the commitment to Palestine predates the creation of Pakistan as the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah talked about the rights of Palestine as far back as 1940, when the struggle for Pakistan began under his great leadership.

“7 years later Pakistan was created and since then Pakistan has steadfastly remained committed to the Palestinian cause,” S-FAC chairman Syed said.

He said Pakistan is unique as it is the only non-Arab country which participated in two Arab-Israeli wars on the side of our Arab brothers, the 1967 and the 1973 wars in which Pakistani pilots fought along Jordanian and Syrian pilots and even shot down Israeli planes.

In 1974, at the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) summit in Lahore, Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was recognised as the sole legitimate representative of the people of Palestine and even today, Palestinian military personnel are being trained in Pakistani institutions.

In every cause, S-FAC chairman Syed observed, there is always a choice and the choice is either to surrender or to struggle. “In the cause of Palestine today, some chose to surrender to brute force and recognise Israel as it represses the people of Palestine” grieving “This undermines all UN resolutions,” he remarked.

For Pakistan, which has a principal stance on Kashmir as well, Palestine is a sacred cause and surrendering is not an option.

S-FAC chairman Syed said Pakistan is committed to support the struggle of the Palestinian people till the achievement of their goals. In these times of the coronavirus and in the context of the human siege of Palestine and Gaza we affirm our solidarity with the people of Palestine and we feel that our solidarity with the heroic people of Palestine must be supported and sustained.

On February 18, 2020, the senate unanimously passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Palestine and the Pakistani parliament also opposed any back tracking on Pakistan’s principal policy on Palestine, “Pakistan will remain committed to this cause.”

He reminded the conference is taking place at a historical moment when there is a shift in the global balance of economic and political power in which we see a shift, from the West to the East.

S-FAC chairman Syed said in the current age the notion of might is right is no longer tenable but, in-fact, the principle of right is might is paramount and it is in this context that causes like Kashmir and Palestine tops the global agenda of peace and justice through implementation of UN resolutions.

He said Pakistan is ready to cooperate with other countries and parliaments to promote causes like Kashmir and Palestine.