ISLAMABAD (TTI News) – On the appeal of the Prime Minister and the government of Pakistan, people are marking today (Friday) as “Palestine Day” to show solidarity with the people of Palestine who have been braving a massacre at the hands of Israel for the past 11 days. The Palestine Solidarity Day is being observed today (Friday) across the country to express unity with the innocent people of Palestine facing the unabated aggression of Zionist forces in Gaza since last week of Ramazan.
The day is being observed on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appeal to support and express solidarity with the Palestinian people who are suffering from the ongoing Israeli attacks.
Protest rallies and demonstrations are being held across the country including AJK and Gilgit Baltistan keeping in view COVID-19 SOPs to convey the message that the entire Pakistani nation stands by their oppressed Palestinian brothers and sisters.
Israel has been pounding Gaza with air strikes, killing nearly 250 people, including men, women, and children, since tensions heightened following the Sheikh Jarrah evictions and Israeli police brutality at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Pakistan has raised its voice against Israeli aggression at the United Nations, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi saying that the voice of the Palestinians cannot and will not be silenced.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed officials to make preparations for holding state-level protests against the Israeli atrocities on Friday.
The PM had issued the orders during a meeting he chaired of government spokespersons. The aides of the PM had advised him to hold such a demonstration on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, National Security Advisor Moeed Yousuf said that Pakistan stands with the people of Palestine, adding that there could be no lasting peace without an independent Palestinian state.
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Maulana Asad, and several other parliamentary leaders also issued statements on the occasion to show solidarity with the people of Palestine as they visited the United Nations office in Islamabad.
“Innocent people are being massacred in Palestine and Kashmir. The issues of Palestine and Kashmir should be resolved in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” said Shahbaz Sharif.
He said that if the problems of Kashmiris and Palestinians are not resolved, there would no peace in the world.
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar, and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri also attended a rally to show solidarity with the people of Palestine.
National Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution expressing deep concern over the increasing violence and brutality perpetrated against the Palestinian people by the Israeli apartheid regime. The resolution was submitted to the office of the United Nations today.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said the government has effectively raised the issue of Palestine internationally, adding that Pakistan welcomes the ceasefire decision of the parties.
“The Israeli occupation of Palestine must end and the only permanent solution to this problem is the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state,” said. Shibli Faraz.
Akin to that, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid addressed a Palestine solidarity rally at Lal Haveli and said that he hopes the issue of Kashmir and Palestine will be resolved one day.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib said Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has effectively voiced the plight of Palestinian people at all the international forums.
The protest rallies would also draw the attention of the world community towards grave human rights violations and barbaric attacks against innocent Palestinians by the Israeli forces. Pakistan has always supported the Palestinian cause.
In the wake of recent flagrant acts of violence in occupied Palestinian territories, Pakistan is at forefront to mobilize international efforts to stop Israeli persecution of Palestinian. There is also strong resentment within the public over the terrorism unleashed by the Jewish against the Palestinians.
In Lahore, the city district administration, with the collaboration of civil society, is organizing a rally in the provincial capital to express solidarity with Palestinians.
According to spokesperson for city district administration, the main rally is being held at Liberty Chowk. Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan is leading the rally.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has arranged a protest rally outside the Punjab Assembly against Israeli atrocities in Palestine.
Addressing the participants of the rally, PML-N member and opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz has condemned the indiscriminate attacks of Israeli forces on innocent people of Palestine. Indian occupied Kashmir and Palestine have become biggest jails of the world, he added.
A rally led by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has been taken out in Islamabad to express solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani said entire Pakistani nation stands by the Palestinian people in this hour of trial. He said the world community must play its role for the resolution of the lingering dispute.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said Pakistan has a clear stance regarding Palestine. He said the country s political leadership is on the same page regarding this issue.
The government officials, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, sports persons, women, lawyers, students, NGOs and people from all walks of life are also participating in the rallies to show solidarity with Palestinian brothers and sisters.