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UNGA should demand cessation of Israeli hostilities, if Safety Council fails to take action: Qureshi

Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Minister for International Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday referred to as upon the United Nations Common Meeting to “assume its personal duty” and push the Safety Council to demand a cessation of Israeli hostilities if the Council fails to take action by itself.

Qureshi was addressing the 67th plenary assembly of the United Nations Common Meeting in New York to focus on Israeli atrocities towards Palestinians on Thursday.

“There are occasions in historical past when selections of countries are remembered by posterity. That is one such second,” Qureshi mentioned, as he started his tackle.

“What we do at this time or can not do shall be recorded in historical past. Pushed by conceitedness and emboldened by impunity, Israel has mounted a relentless onslaught on the occupied and beleaguered individuals of Palestine,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that one week of Israeli assaults have led to greater than 250 Palestinians being martyred and hundreds injured — one third of that are girls and kids.

“Demise echoes in each residence in Gaza,” Qureshi mentioned, to put stress on the gravity of the scenario. He additionally recalled one such tragedy, wherein ten members of the Abu Hattab household had perished in Israeli strikes.

“Lots of of such tragedies are being enacted each hour in Gaza and different components of the Palestinian territories. Up to now over 50,000 Palestinians have fled their houses in Gaza,” he mentioned, including that these individuals have very poor and restricted entry to water, meals, hygiene and well being companies.

The overseas minister mentioned hospitals and sanitation companies depend on electrical energy however gas for energy crops “has nearly run out”.

“Gaza has plunged in darkness […] the one mild is that of Israeli explosions,” he mentioned.

Qureshi mentioned such is the existence of Palestine, the place “in full view of the world Israeli airstrikes carry down total buildings to kill and terrorise harmless Palestinians and even silence the media”.

“It’s time to say sufficient. The voice of the Palestinian individuals can not and won’t be silenced,” he mentioned.

The overseas minister mentioned the representatives of the Islamic world are there to talk with and for Palestine.

He mentioned it’s “appalling” that the United Nations Safety Council has been unable to do what it’s tasked with — to keep up worldwide peace and safety. He mentioned it has even didn’t demand a cessation of hostilities, and warned that these stopping it from doing so “bear a heavy duty”.

He mentioned the United Nations Common Meeting, should then, assume its personal duty. “We should not fail the Palestinian individuals at this essential juncture.”

“Our first precedence have to be to halt the Israeli aggression. I hope that even at this eleventh hour, the Safety Council will name for a cessation of Israeli assaults. If it fails to take action, the Common Meeting should make this demand on behalf of all the worldwide group,” he mentioned.

He mentioned there is no such thing as a ethical or army equivalence between the 2 sides. Whereas Palestinians don’t have any military, navy or airforce, “the Israeli battle machine is without doubt one of the strongest on this planet”.

“It is a battle between a army occupier and an occupied individuals. It’s a battle between unlawful occupation and a respectable battle for self willpower,” he mentioned.

Qureshi then drew consideration to the Common Meeting decision 2647 of November 1970, which speaks of the best to self willpower.

He additionally urged for the necessity to mobilise all potential humanitarian assist for the devastated Palestinian inhabitants in Gaza and different components of the occupied territories, together with medical groups, medicines and different provided, meals and different requirements.

The overseas minister mentioned Pakistan welcomes Egypt opening entry to Gaza and Israel must also open all entry factors to make sure the well timed and pressing supply of worldwide help.