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Pakistan Army chief says conflating Israeli ‘war with terrorism would be naïve’

Pakistan Army chief says conflating Israeli ‘war with terrorism would be naïve’

By The South Asia Times

 

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army chief General Syed Asim Munir on Tuesday said that fresh spate of violence in Gaza is the result of unabated repression, continued human rights violations and state-sponsored sacrilege of Al Aqsa mosque.

During his meeting with Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan, Ahmad Jawad Rabei at General Headquarters, Gen. Munir expressed condolences on the loss of Palestinian lives in the ongoing war in Gaza. 

 

“COAS expressed grave concern over unabated violence and willful, indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians by the Israeli Defence Forces in the war. Incessant attacks on civilian population, schools, universities, aid workers, hospitals and the forced exodus of Palestinians from Gaza are manifest crimes against humanity,” said ISPR in a statement.

 

Army chief reiterated the call for immediate cessation of hostilities, opening of humanitarian corridor to Gaza, protection of civilians and adherence to the International Humanitarian Law.

 

He also reiterated Pakistan’s principled support for an independent, viable and contiguous state of Palestine established on the basis of pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. 

 

“Pakistan believes that the fresh spate of violence in Gaza is the result of unabated repression, continued human rights violations and state-sponsored sacrilege of Al Aqsa mosque. Conflating this war with terrorism would be naïve; taking a narrow and self-serving view of the issue as an isolated attack, obscures brutal oppression spanning decades that has led to this outcome” COAS remarked.

 

“At this critical juncture, it is imperative that the international community mobilizes to put an early end to unfolding human tragedy due to disproportionate and unlawful use of force by Israeli Defence Forces and desist from encouraging them to continue perpetrating atrocities in manifest violation of all norms of civility and humane conduct,” said Pakistani army chief.

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