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PM Abbasi supports Muslim leaders in declaring Al Quds as capital of Palestine

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed his dissatisfaction with the response of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) in demonstrating solidarity with Palestine and other struggling Muslim Nations.

On Wednesday, he addressed the emergency conference of the OIC in Istanbul, Turkey. Expressing the utmost solidarity with Palestine, he told the forum decisively that with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestine remains the only roadmap for the Muslim world and OIC.

While elaborating on Pakistan’s concern with the decision, he said, “We are at the watershed moment again. The question on every Muslim mind today would be whether we can rise above our differences, stand united and give hope to our people, or once again adopt declarations which cannot be translated into effective actions”.

Muslim nations including Pakistan have reprimanded the world and United Nations over the illegal and apparently dangerous declaration of Trump to change the status of Jerusalem.

Criticizing the US efforts to meddle with the historical facts, PM Abbasi reprimanded the US that it was a blatant attempt to change the past events and lawful status of Jerusalem.

He further elaborated that Pakistan has always demonstrated unwavering and staunch support for the Palestinian people and their legitimate cause for their homeland. “On behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I wish to reiterate our strong condemnation of this decision,” he remarked.

Moreover, leaders of the Muslim World declared unanimously East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital at the OIC in Istanbul.  

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Having seen little response from the head of states to the US decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan called upon the Muslim member nations to discuss the issue.  Erdogan has been a fierce advocate of the Palestinian cause and expressed his firm solidarity the people of Palestine.

The conference of 57-member OIC was held to demonstrate unity and express a unified response from the Muslim world to Trump’s hugely controversial decision. 

Expressing the utmost solidarity with Palestine, he told the forum decisively that with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestine remains the only roadmap for the Muslim world and OIC.

Neighboring Nations, Christians, and world leaders have shown concern about Trump’s unilateral decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital. Pakistan reaffirmed its original stance for the establishment of the independent state of Palestine by international rules and regulations and historical agreements with Al Quds as its capital.

This unilateral and foolish attempt of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is not only a reversal of America’s decades of policy on the issue, but it also puts the question mark on America’s highly controversial stance on the United Nation’s Security Council.

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In the last 50-years ago, the 15-member council has adopted resolutions, which have been aiming to prevent Israel from claiming sovereignty over the entire holy city. The Security Council has condemned Israel for its illegal actions as it continued to increase its ascendance over struggling Palestine by adding in more territories over the time and constructed city after city.

The United Nations’ position as an institution is at stake if it fails to recognize its declarations dating back to 50-years. How can America handpick the resolution of its choice? Trump’s unilateral decision is apparently compromising and biased in favor of Israel. 

Expressing the utmost solidarity with Palestine, he told the forum decisively that with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestine remains the only roadmap for the Muslim world and OIC.

Muslim nations including Pakistan have reprimanded the world and United Nations over the illegal and apparently dangerous declaration of Trump to change the status of Jerusalem. Failure of US and United Nations to formulate a two-nation design that settles the issue has eluded the peace process for decades.

With no solution in sight and despite producing the most robust response yet to President Trump’s decision thus far, Muslim nations are unable to pressurize the US diplomatically to review its stance on this decision, which will undoubtedly bring more bloodshed and chaos in the already highly unstable region. It is not a simple declaration to change a capital city but apparently a recipe for future disaster in the Middle East.


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