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FM Ishaq Dar pledges Pakistan’s support for Palestine’s admission as UN’s full member

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During the 15th OIC Summit Conference held in Gambia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar expressed Pakistan’s deep concern over Israel’s ongoing brutal military operation against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. He urged the OIC member States to work together towards an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and uninterrupted humanitarian assistance to the besieged Palestinians. He also expressed support for Palestine’s admission as a full member of the United Nations, resumption of the peace process for the realization of the two-state solution, and establishment of a viable, contiguous, and sovereign State of Palestine on the basis of pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also highlighted the atrocities being committed by India in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), especially after India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019. He urged the OIC to implement its Action Plan on Jammu and Kashmir, demand that India end all human rights violations, release Hurriyat leaders, and reverse its illegal demographic and other unilateral laws.

Ishaq Dar also condemned the rising trend of Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims in various parts of the world. He urged the OIC to formulate a joint strategy to work with global social media platforms to harmonize their application of content regulation policies for blasphemous, anti-Islamic, and Islamophobic content. He appreciated OIC’s appointment of a Special Envoy on Islamophobia.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister strongly condemned the surge in anti-Pakistan rhetoric and Islamophobic narratives by India’s political leaders during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, which threaten regional stability. He highlighted that Pakistan continued to face externally sponsored terrorism from across its borders despite contributing the most to the fight against terrorism.

Ishaq Dar underscored that the OIC can play an important role in global economic growth. He urged the OIC to work collectively to address the existential threat of climate change, which caused catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2022. Additionally, he expressed Pakistan’s support for revitalizing the UN system and reforming the UN Security Council to make it more representative, democratic, and effective for international peace and security.

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