- COAS’s request “Immediate cessation” of hostilities if the crisis worsens.
- More than 5,000 Palestinians martyred so far, 18,000 injured.
- Killing of civilians by Israel is a “crime against humanity”: General Munir.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir on Tuesday called on the international community to play its role in ending Israeli atrocities in Gaza and expressed grave concern over the “unabated indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians”.
The Army chief made the remarks during a meeting with Palestine’s Ambassador to Pakistan Ahmed Jawad, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Indiscriminate aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 5,000 Palestinians, with another 18,000 injured.
“COAS expressed grave concern at the unabated violence and deliberate, indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the war, the continued attacks on the civilian population, schools, universities, aid workers, hospitals, and the forced exodus of Palestinians from Gaza. “There are clear crimes against humanity,” the army’s media wing said.
“It is imperative that the international community unite to quickly end the humanitarian tragedy caused by the disproportionate and unlawful use of force by the IDF and to encourage them to continue committing atrocities in clear violation of all norms of civility and humanitarian conduct.” Prevent from.” “The Army Chief said.
The COAS also expressed condolences to the envoy over the deaths of Palestinians, the army’s media wing said.
General Munir also reiterated the call for an “immediate cessation” of hostilities and provision of humanitarian corridors, stressing the need to protect civilian lives and adhere to international law.
Reiterating Pakistan’s support for an independent Palestine state established on the basis of pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital, the army chief said: “Pakistan believes that violence in Gaza The latest round is the result of this.” “Unrelenting repression, continued human rights violations and the state-sponsored desecration of the Al Aqsa Mosque.”
“It would be unwise to link this war to terrorism; The COAS was quoted as saying that treating the issue as an isolated attack by adopting a narrow and selfish approach has obscured the decades of brutal oppression that led to this outcome.
Last week, Pakistan sent the first consignment of relief aid to Gaza as Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment has left thousands dead and millions displaced.
The Foreign Office said in a statement that the relief aid, along with one thousand winter tents, four thousand blankets and three tons of medicines, will arrive in Palestine via Egypt on a chartered plane.