Islamabad: Chairman (Pakistan Tehrie-e-Infaf) PTI Imran Khan, in his address on Al Quds Day at Iranian embassy on Thursday highlighted the support of the Pakistani Nation and its founder Quaid-i-Azam Monahmmed Ali Jinnah for the just cause and struggle of the Palestinian people.
He reiterated his Party’s commitment to the same principles. The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, as early as 26th December 1938, in an address to the All India Muslim League in Patna, declared his support for the struggle of the Palestinians, declaring that “Muslim feelings have been stirred over the issue of Palestine. I know Muslims will not shirk from any sacrifice if required to help the Arabs who are engaged in the fight for their national freedom”, he said, added that, following the path charted by Quaid-i-Azam, Pakistan has a long history of supporting freedom struggles by Muslims. Even when the state was in its infancy, it stood in the forefront of the struggle for independence being waged by the Tunisians and Algerians.
“Al Quds Day is a timely reminder of the reality of the Zionist tyranny being waged against the Palestinian people. Al Quds Day also reminds us of the Zionist effort to destroy Muslim Holy places after they occupied Al Quds – the arson attack on Al Aqsa Mosque symbolising this criminal intent.” said the PTI chairman.
He said that along with the denial of the right of self determination to the Kashmiri people despite UN Security Council Resolutions, the Palestinians continue to be deprived of their right to a Palestinian state despite UN resolutions.
“Not only that, they continue to being subjected to forceful seizure of their land and property by the Zionist entity Israel with its policy of illegal occupation of Palestinian land and creeping annexation through illegal Settlements which have been condemned by the international community in no uncertain terms”, he added. He declared that PTI supported the Pakistani position of a Palestinian state with Al Quds as its capital and calls upon the US to stop aiding and abetting in the Zionist killings of innocent Palestinians as well as the deprivation of access to the basics of life for the people of Gaza.
Khan also stressed that unless there was a just resolution of the Palestinian issue, the fallout will continue to be violence and militancy and billions of dollars will be effectively wasted on an aimless so-called war on terror with thousands of innocent lives lost. He blamed Israel for being guilty of state terrorism and the international community must take note of this form of terrorism if it endeavored to fight the menace of terrorism across the globe.
He cited these universal factors, as the reason that his party PTI totally condemned any effort by a Pakistani leader to hold backdoor negotiations with officials and leaders of Israel while the latter continues with its illegal and increasing occupation of Palestinian lands and with its policy of violence against the Palestinian people.
He stressed that whatever decision was to be taken with regard to Israel should be taken through the OIC collectivity, as OIC came together because of the Muslim Ummah’s commitment to the Palestinian cause across the globe.
He vowed not to allow the Palestinian and Kashmiri causes – based on the right of self- determination to be betrayed by corrupt rulers working for foreign interests.
“That is why I stand here today to commemorate Al Quds Day, and commend Iran for taking this initiative, which reminds us all of the promises and the Ummah’s unfulfilled commitments to Muslim people suffering under occupation and tyranny”, he reasoned, adding that ” unless we make good on these commitments we will never truly liberate all our people from the yoke of tyranny and imperialism in all its forms.”