Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), met the Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan, His Excellency (H.E.) Ahmad Jawad Rabei at General Headquarters (GHQ) on October 24, 2023.
He expressed condolences for the loss of Palestinian lives in the ongoing war in Gaza. He expressed grave concern over the unabated violence and the willful, indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the conflict. Incessant attacks on the civilian population, schools, universities, aid workers, hospitals, and the forced exodus of Palestinians from Gaza are manifest crimes against humanity.
COAS reiterated the call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the opening of a humanitarian corridor to Gaza, the protection of civilians, and adherence to International Humanitarian Law.
The Army Chief 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 recent 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.
He said, "At this critical juncture, it is imperative that the international community mobilizes to put an early end to the unfolding human tragedy due to the disproportionate and unlawful use of force by IDF and desist from encouraging them to continue perpetrating atrocities in manifest violation of all norms of civility and humane conduct."
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