Pakistan Supports OIC’s Proposal for Protection Force in Gaza at UNGA

In a recent development at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Pakistan has voiced its support for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) proposal to deploy a protection force in Gaza and the West Bank. This proposal aims to safeguard Palestinian civilians who are currently under siege.

Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made this call during his speech at the 10th Emergency Special UNGA Session in New York. His comments come at a time when Israeli occupation forces are escalating bombing and expanding ground operations in besieged Gaza. The conflict has resulted in the death of over 7,700 Palestinians so far, including 3,500 children.

The OIC’s Executive Committee, following its extraordinary open-ended meeting held at the level of foreign ministers on October 18, stressed the need to provide international protection for the Palestinian people. They proposed that an international protection force should be dispatched to protect innocent lives from ongoing attacks by the occupation forces and extremist colonialist settlers.

Akram called for an end to war and killings in Gaza so that a durable two-state solution to the Palestine issue can be found. He highlighted the human tragedy unfolding before our eyes as Palestinians are being bombed indiscriminately and without mercy or compunction. Their essential lifelines — water, food, fuel — have been cut off, and over a million have been internally displaced.

The ambassador also mentioned that 37 staff members of the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) in Palestine have tragically lost their lives. He strongly condemned Israeli air strikes and systematic crimes against Palestinians. He stated that these Israeli attacks on civilians, civilian objects and infrastructure, blockade of water, food and fuel, as well as forced transfer of people from occupied territory, are flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Akram reaffirmed the right of Palestinian people under international law to struggle by all possible means, including armed struggle, to secure their freedom from foreign occupation and exercise their right to self-determination.

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