Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday while expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people expressed serious concerns over the US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to the statement from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi´s office said Pakistan does not recognise Israel and called on the US to “refrain” from the move.
PM Abbasi reaffirmed Pakistan´s solidarity with the Palestinian people and renewed Islamabad´s call for the establishment of a Palestinian state “with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital”, using the Arabic term for the city.
The government also feared that such a move of shifting the US embassy to the “occupied City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif will alter the legal and historical status of the city”.
Instead, Pakistan renewed its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson while completely opposing this ill thought-out move from Washington commented, “Islamabad opposes the US President Donald Trump’s plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as this move by the United States would definitely hit the efforts of enduring peace in the Middle East”.
The spokesman reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to express solidarity with the people of Palestine, adding that Pakistan fully endorses the concluding statement of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the move. The OIC has threatened that all 57 member states would sever ties with any state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem.
“Any such move would constitute a clear violation against international law and the resolutions of the UN’s Security Council,” the FO spokesman added. The spokesman called on the US to fully implement UN Security Council’s resolutions and refrain from changing the historic and legal position of Jerusalem.
Islamabad also pointed out that this US move would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East.
“The people and government of Pakistan are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy and we fully endorse the recently adopted final communiqué of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) on this issue”, the spokesman added.
The change would “constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions”, the statement warned. “It would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” it added.
Meanwhile President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday strongly condemned the decision of the United States to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there.
Addressing at a ceremony regarding National Voters’ Day here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President expressed confidence that Muslim Ummah would take serious notice of the situation.
The President welcomed the announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convene an Extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss the serious issue and hoped that the meeting would take a firm stance.