Support to Palestinian statehood reaffirmed
February 13, 2010 1 Comment
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Tanvir Siddiqi/ Sharafat Kazmi
Islamabad—Visiting Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas had meetings with President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani here Friday.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan will continue to steadfastly support the total withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Arab territories.
Speaking dinner hosted in honour of Palestinian President Mehmood Abbas by him, he appreciated the Palestinians who have been subjected to decades of occupation and the worst of atrocities but have fought on.
He said seldom have a people kept the spirit of freedom alive and the flame of hope burning in the face of such great adversity.
The Palestinian struggle for statehood and for the right to self determination finds resonance in Pakistan, he added.
He said that our brothers in Kashmir face a similar occupation and are also struggling to realize their right to self-determination.
Gilani recalled that Pakistan hosted the 1974 OIC Summit under the direction of our Leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed.
That Summit was aimed at developing collective wisdom on issues concerning
the Muslim World particularly on the Palestine issue and to establish linkages with the international community to resolve them in the interest of peace, security and progress, world over, says a press release issued by Prime Minister’s secretariat.
He said the Conference recognized President Yasser Arafat’s leadership role in promoting the just cause of the Palestinian people.
He said President Arafat is not amongst us today and he was, as Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had said, “the symbol of Palestinian identity, nationhood and its struggle for a separate homeland for the Palestinian people.”
Excellency, I would like to draw your kind attention to the fact that despite Pakistan’s own regional challenges, it remains committed to peaceful settlement of all the disputes – be it the Palestine or Kashmir dispute – through peaceful means and dialogue.
According to him, our continuous struggle against terrorism in all its forms and manifestation has further strengthened our resolve that dialogue is the only way forward for settling long outstanding issues.
The great human sacrifices made and enormous economic cost suffered by us in our struggle to root out terrorism from our soil, have not dampened our resolve and commitment towards that end.
While we acknowledge the international support rendered to us in this endeavour, the cost to Pakistan can not be quantified in financial terms alone. This struggle has had an impact on our socio-political and cultural fiber.
It has deflected our attention from progress and prosperity of our people and diverted our focus and energies for the safety and security of world at large.
He said that we support the full realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people including the establishment of an independent State, with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital and demand that the illegal Israeli settlements and construction activities in the West Bank and atrocities and repression must come to an end, forthwith.
Pakistan will also continue to play its due role at the United Nations in supporting the legitimate demands of people under occupation including the people of Palestine, he said and added to all Pakistanis and people striving for the right to self-determination the peaceful struggle of the Palestinian people is inspirational.
He said that we are confident that the Palestinian people will achieve full Statehood through their legitimate and peaceful struggle. From the people of Pakistan to the Palestinian people, I would like to say, dear brother, the message is of complete solidarity and full support. During his meeting with the Palestinians leader, President Asif Ali Zardari said.