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Pakistan expresses concern over Israel’s ‘brutal’ military onslaught in Gaza at OIC summit

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Pakistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ishaq Dar, recently expressed his deep concern over the ongoing “brutal military onslaught” by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza. Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, Dar called for an immediate ceasefire in Palestine and urged member states to work together towards this end. Dar also expressed Pakistan’s support for Palestine’s admission as a full member of the UN and demanded the resumption of the process for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

The Pakistani deputy prime minister called for the creation of a viable, contiguous, and sovereign state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders. He also spoke on an uptick in Islamophobic sentiments and incidents in different parts of the world, particularly since the outset of Israel’s war in Gaza last year in October. In this regard, he urged the OIC to formulate a joint strategy to work with global social media platforms to harmonize their content regulation policies for blasphemous, anti-Islamic, and Islamophobic content.

Dar also strongly condemned the surge in anti-Pakistan rhetoric and Islamophobic narratives by India’s political leaders during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, which threatened regional stability. He urged the OIC to work collectively to address the existential threat of climate change, which caused catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2022 that killed over 1,700 people and affected over 33 million in total.

Dar was in Gambia to present Pakistan’s perspective on a range of issues, including the war in Gaza and the rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir. He met The Gambia’s president and his counterparts from Turkey and Azerbaijan to discuss enhancing bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Dar’s call for an immediate ceasefire in Palestine at the OIC summit comes at a time when Israel’s military actions in Gaza have caused widespread anger and condemnation around the world.

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