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Pakistan Sends Second Round of Relief Supplies to Gaza

In a display of solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters, Pakistan dispatched its second consignment of humanitarian assistance to Gaza on Tuesday. The special flight, carrying 90 tons of hygiene kits, medicines, and food packages, was seen off by Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani at Islamabad International Airport.

The relief goods were sent in response to the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza, which has been under siege since October 7. The top Pakistani diplomat condemned Israel’s brutal and disproportionate use of force against civilians, including women and children, currently besieged in Gaza.

Jilani underlined the urgency of bringing an immediate end to Israeli aggression and lifting the siege of Gaza. He also called for upholding the principles of justice and humanity and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

The first consignment of aid was sent on October 19. The second consignment of relief goods was dispatched in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Palestine. The relief goods consist of hygiene kits, medicines, and food packages.

The Israeli forces have been attacking Gaza since October 7. The ground operation and bombardment on the Gaza Strip have resulted in the death of more than 10,000 people, including 4,800 children. Israel has accused Hamas of hiding among civilians and has been using this explanation as an excuse when it faces criticism for targeting besieged civilians.

Global powers, including the United States and the United Nations, have called on Israel to ensure that civilian casualties are avoided in its relentless pursuit to eliminate Hamas, but to no avail. The UN is also calling for an immediate ceasefire to at least allow aid to flow smoothly to the war-torn strip and permit the exchange of hostages.

However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has ruled out halting his forces’ assault on Gaza and stressed that they would continue to pound the Hamas-run enclave. The Israel-Hamas war is still ongoing, and the continuous bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues to escalate the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

Pakistan does not recognize the state of Israel and calls for an independent Palestinian state based on internationally agreed parameters and the pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. Pakistan has repeatedly called for a cease-fire in the territory to avoid further civilian deaths and called out the international community for its double standards on Israel and Palestine.

In these trying times, Pakistan stands firm in its support for the Palestinian people. The dispatch of the second consignment of aid is a testament to Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause and its efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza.

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