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Establishment of sovereign state of Palestine to guarantee lasting peace in region: PM

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has underscored the urgency of bringing an end to Israel’s campaign of terror with an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and lifting of the siege of Gaza.

He was leading Pakistan's delegation at the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit, held in Riyadh on Saturday, to discuss the unprecedented Israeli aggression and the deepening humanitarian situation in occupied Palestine.

Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and Foreign Secretary Mohammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi also accompanied the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said lifting of siege is inevitable for rapid and unhindered humanitarian and relief assistance for the people of Gaza.

Strongly condemning the incessant and brutal Israeli aggression and inhumane blockade of Gaza, the Prime Minister stressed that the Israeli occupation forces are acting in clear violation of international humanitarian and human rights law.

He said indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by Israel amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity. He called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar underlined that the root cause of the current situation is the perennial settler colonialism and denial of the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity and support for the Palestinian people for their right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister reiterated that an early establishment of a viable, secure, contiguous and sovereign state of Palestine on the basis of pre-June 1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, is the only guarantee for lasting peace and security in the region.

Source: Radio Pakistan