Pakistan took a stand against Israel’s W. Bank annexation | Instant News


Published in Country on May 15, 2020, Anadolu

Pakistan strongly opposes any Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, waning that such actions would threaten peace and security in the region, Pakistani officials said.

In a weekly briefing Thursday night, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aisha Farooqui said any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory would be a serious violation of international law and dangerous escalation in an already volatile situation.

“The West Bank and Jordan Valley are Palestinian territories, illegally occupied by Israel since 1967,” he said.

“Pakistan supports the position adopted by the United Nations and the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] on the Palestinian issue and calling on the international community to uphold and support Palestinian rights. “

He repeated his country’s support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian problem under the UN Security Council and relevant General Assembly resolutions.

“Pakistan renewed its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and adjoining Palestinian state, based on internationally agreed parameters, pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” added Farooqui, referring to Jerusalem.

Addressing the similarities between the Palestinian issue and the disputed Kashmir region, he said in both cases the occupation forces violated human rights, changed the demographic structure, and posed a threat to peace and security.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held in part by India and Pakistan and claims both in full. A small piece of Kashmir is also held by China. Since they were partitioned in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – two of them in Kashmir.

“These two situations have worsened and called for urgent attention from the international community,” he added.

Israel is expected to annex West Bank on July 1, as agreed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz.

Palestinian officials have threatened to cancel bilateral agreements with Israel if it continues the annexation plan, which will undermine the two-state solution.

The so-called “deal of the century” plan by US President Donald Trump, announced on January 28, called Jerusalem “the undivided capital of Israel” and recognized Israel’s sovereignty over much of the West Bank.

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The plan includes the creation of a highly fragmented Palestinian state linked by bridges and tunnels.

Palestinian officials say that under US plans, Israel will annex 30-40% of the West Bank, including all of East Jerusalem, seen as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The plan has drawn widespread criticism from the Arab world and was rejected by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which urged “all member states not to be involved with this plan or to cooperate with the US government in implementing it in any form.”



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