Monday, October 21, 2019

Bokhari urges world parliamentarians to back Palestinians’ right to statehood



ISLAMABAD:(APS)Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has called on world parliamentarians to raise their voice for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including statehood. He said this while speaking at the United Nations International Meeting of Parliamentarians in support of Israel-Palestinian Peace at the United Nations Headquarters. This meeting was held on the sidelines of UN annual parliamentary hearing.


Speaking in his capacity as president of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, he also stressed the need for resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks, but said Israel was obstructing the process.


Nayyer Bokhari emphasized that creating the right atmosphere for dialogue is imperative to moving towards the objective of attaining a peaceful resolution for this long festering dispute. “Israeli illegal activities are eating away at attainment of this objective,” he said. In this context, he emphasized that dialogue should be based on the agreed international parameters and have clear timelines and benchmarks.


Calling for the protecting of Palestinians’ rights, he said that the Parliaments of Sweden, France and the United Kingdom have shown the way. “By adopting a proactive approach, we would be supporting Palestinians in their long drawn battle for respect for international law and for their inalienable rights.”


While representing Pakistan as a member of Inter-Parliamentary Union Chairman Senate told the meeting that Pakistan has fully supported the Palestinians’ cause. “We believe that the only viable and sustainable solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict lies through the creation of an independent, viable and contiguous State of Palestine, based on pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds-Al-Sharif as its capital,” he told parliamentarians from around the world.


“The Parliament of Pakistan, in line with the aspirations of its people, has consistently and equivocally supported the just cause of the Palestinian people,” he said.  The Pakistani Government and the people strongly protested the brutal murders of Palestinians, saying, “It was shameful that the international community helplessly witnessed the carnage of unarmed Palestinians.”


Pakistan, the Chairman said, also strongly condemns the recent Israeli actions in Al-Quds-Al-Sharif. The closing of the Al Aqsa Mosque, denying worshippers access to pray and storming of the Mosque by occupation soldiers and settlers was unacceptable. The inviolability and sanctity of all holy places in East-Jerusalem must be maintained.


The International Meeting included statements by Secretary General UN Ban Ki Moon, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, briefings by UNSCO, OHCHR, OCHA, UNRWA and discussions by members countries of Inter-Parliamentary Union.


It may be noted that Chairman Senate is leading the Pakistani delegation to UN annual parliamentary hearing and is accompanied by Senator Shahi Syed, Senator Farooq Hamid Naek, Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Senator Malik Rashid Ahmed, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez and Additional Secretary Senate Dr. Parvaiz Abbas.

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