On Sunday, Pakistan strongly condemned Israel’s systematic assault against Palestinian worshippers in the Haram-al-Sharif and its continued policy of expansion of its illegal settlements.
In a rejoinder to the UN Security Council, Pakistan appreciated the council’s decision to hold a meeting to discuss the extremely grave situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Jerusalem, adding: “it is regrettable that the Council has been unable to even hold this meeting and to take action to halt Israeli aggression for so long.”
Pakistan condemned Israel’s use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force, including aerial bombing, resulting in the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinians, including dozens of women and children, as well as destruction of civilian infrastructure.
“We also strongly condemn: Israel’s deliberate and systematic assault against Palestinian worshippers in the Haram-al-Sharif, including the Al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan; its violation of the sanctity of these holy sites,” the statement said.
Pakistan noted that Israel was following a deliberate policy of expanding illegal settlements; forced evictions of Palestinians, and demolition of their homes. Targeting journalists and international media outlets in the occupied Palestinian territories was also a part of this policy, Pakistan said.
“These Israel’s actions are unacceptable; and are in contravention of the norms of international law.