President calls for resolution of Palestine dispute


JAKARTA: President Mamnoon Hussain has called for resolution of longstanding Palestine dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Palestinian people for durable and sustainable peace and stability in the Middle East, the Radio Pakistan reported.


Addressing the two-day extraordinary meeting of the heads of OIC states in Jakarta today (Monday), he said the independence and sovereignty of Palestine should be the first and foremost priority of Muslim Ummah.

He said the people of Pakistan consider the Palestine dispute as its own and will continue to support the creation of Palestinian state with Al-Qadus Al Sharif as its capital.

He regretted that the root causes of Palestine and Kashmir disputes are being overlooked.

Expressing serious concerns over the recent spate of violence in the Palestinian areas, the President said the unbridled use of force by Israel is contrary to international laws.

He said the Palestinian people should be given the right to exercise their religion besides their prisoners should be released.

Earlier, a statement issued by Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry after ministerial level meeting yesterday said more than five hundred delegates from the forty-nine OIC states are attending the summit. Besides, four representatives from the Quartet on the Middle East comprising the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, five UN Security Council representatives, and three observer countries will be present.

The extraordinary summit, being held at the request of Palestine, is addressing the escalation of Israeli violence in the occupied territories, and restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Aqil Nadeem has said in an interview that the summit is significant in making the world realized that Muslim counties are interested in finding the genuine and sustainable solution to the Palestine issue.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, who attended the ministerial level meeting of the OIC summit, said the participants strongly condemned the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel.

In an interview, he said the representatives of Muslim countries unequivocally extended support to the Palestinian people.

The minister said he advocated Pakistan’s stance for an independent state of Palestine for lasting peace in Middle East.

He said Pakistan is desirous of early resolution of the Palestinian issue in a just and fair manner in line with the wishes of Palestinian people.