Pakistan Condemns Israel’s ‘Genocide’ of Palestinians in Gaza

Pakistan has strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza, calling it a "genocide" and a violation of international law and human rights.

In a press conference on Sunday, Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jillani said that Pakistan was deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where more than 2,200 people have been killed and thousands injured by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

"We also condemn the siege of Gaza which is very unfortunate […] that they have no water, health facility and food which is creating a major humanitarian crisis that can be equated with genocide," he said.

He added that Israel was using disproportionate and indiscriminate force against the civilian population of Gaza, which amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"This is genocide being committed by Israel against poor people of Palestine. There is no doubt that Israel has committed aggression," he said.

He urged the international community, especially the United Nations, to intervene and stop the Israeli atrocities and ensure the protection of the Palestinians.

He also reiterated Pakistan's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions.

"Any attempt to equate Israel that is aggressor with that of Palestinian struggle is unacceptable for Pakistan. Pakistan would demand that Palestinian right to self-determination must be respected," he said.

He said that Pakistan supported a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

"Separate state status should be accepted not only by Israel but by the international community with pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital this is a consistent position of Pakistan," he said.

He said that Pakistan was also in touch with UN and international aid agencies to provide aid immediate humanitarian aid for the besieged people of Gaza.

The foreign minister's statement came amid the worsening situation in Gaza, where Israel has imposed a complete blockade and warned of a ground invasion.

Israel has launched a massive military operation against Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, after Hamas fired rockets at Israeli cities in response to Israeli provocations at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The conflict has sparked protests and solidarity rallies across the world, including in Pakistan, where people have expressed their anger and outrage over the Israeli brutality and demanded an end to the occupation of Palestine.

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