At the Arab-Islamic summit, the Prime Minister demanded the international community to hold Israel responsible for war crimes.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar addresses the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh on November 11, 2023.  - Radio Pakistan
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar addresses the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh on November 11, 2023. – Radio Pakistan
  • The Prime Minister says that Gaza needs relief and an immediate and complete ceasefire.
  • Kakkar suggested the possibility of initiating ICJ proceedings against Israel.
  • PM Kakkar met Saudi Crown Prince MBS on the sidelines of the summit.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar on Saturday demanded that the international community hold Israel accountable for its war and humanitarian crimes as occupation forces launch indiscriminate attacks on Gaza.

The prime minister made the statement during the joint Arab-Islamic extraordinary summit, which brought together leaders from the Arab and Islamic world to discuss the current deteriorating situation in Gaza and future strategies.

Dozens of leaders attended the meeting, including Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was welcomed back into the Arab League earlier this year. took.

Kakar suggested that Arab and Islamic countries should explore the possibility of initiating proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Genocide Convention and requesting interim measures.

“The UN Secretary-General may be requested to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry to investigate Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity beginning October 7,” the Prime Minister said.

Israel – targeting schools, hospitals, mosques, churches and even refugee camps where terrified civilians have taken refuge – has so far killed more than 11,000 people, including more than 500 children.

The Prime Minister further said that Muslim countries should also demand the establishment of an international mechanism and called for a halt to illegal settlements by Israel.

He reiterated, “We call for a political solution which requires that conditions be created for negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel to develop a way forward through a two-state solution.”

The Prime Minister said that a permanent solution to the conflict is the establishment of a secure, viable, contiguous and sovereign State of Palestine based on the pre-June 1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital and urged that Muslim countries Will have to work in this direction.

Gaza needs immediate relief and an immediate and complete ceasefire, he said.

Kakar said Israel must be forced to stop its indiscriminate aerial bombings and ground attacks in compliance with international humanitarian and human rights laws, and must immediately lift the blockade and ensure prompt and uninterrupted humanitarian aid supplies.

Kakkar met MBS

On the sidelines of the ongoing Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit, the Prime Minister also met the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

They discussed the latest situation arising out of the aggression of Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Kakar appreciated the role and efforts of Saudi Arabia in promoting the Palestinian cause.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for convening the summit in a timely manner to develop joint Arab-Islamic action on the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The two leaders underlined the need for urgent international cooperation to stop Israel from carrying out brutal and indiscriminate aggression against besieged and innocent Palestinians.

He also stressed the urgency of lifting the blockade of occupied Gaza to facilitate the delivery of vital humanitarian aid and medical assistance to the affected population.

The Prime Minister condemned the Israeli actions of bombing hospitals, refugee camps, schools and residential buildings, which resulted in the deaths of more than ten thousand people.

During the meeting, the two leaders also exchanged views on bilateral matters and reaffirmed their resolve to further strengthen the long-standing Pakistan-Saudi relations for a mutually rewarding economic partnership.

– Additional input from the APP

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