The Upper House of the Pakistani Parliament — the Senate — has unanimously adopted a resolution against a US-devised proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the scheme seeks the Palestinian people’s “humiliating surrender” before their oppressors.
The 104-seat legislature approved Monday the resolution, which had been tabled by Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan from Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan party.
The document underlined the need for “a just, fair and peaceful solution” to the issue of Palestine based on UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, which call for “the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State, safe return of all Palestinians to their homes and lands currently in illegitimate possession of Israeli settlers in breach of international law, and stopping the acts of aggression against Palestinians.”
It also urged the Pakistani government to take steps to summon an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in an attempt to “chalk out a consensus-based strategy, with due regard to the rights and legitimate interests of the Palestinian people as recognized by the international law.”
Islamabad, it added, should also summon a special UN General Assembly session to hear the Palestinians and other stakeholders, and explore options for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Pakistan’s Senate further expressed dismay at Tel Aviv’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories, detention of hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails, and the relentless oppression of Palestinian people by the regime forces.
The scheme that US President Donald Trump calls “deal of the century” is “tantamount to an instrument of humiliating surrender for the Palestinians before the oppressor and the aggressor,” it noted.
The Senate also stressed that a peaceful and just solution to the Palestine issue is “in the larger interest of world peace and security,” demanding continued aid and technical assistance to the Palestinian nation.
The Mideast plan was drawn up by the Trump administration in coordination with the Israeli side. Trump released his controversial Middle East plan during an event at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on January 28.
All Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected Trump’s initiative that largely meets Israel’s demands in the decades-old conflict while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders.
It enshrines Jerusalem al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.
The scheme also denies the right of return of Palestinian refugees into their homeland, among other controversial terms.
The United Nations as well as with many individual states — including those friendly to Israel — have emphasized the need for a two-state solution based on the borders in place before the 1967 war, when Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza, among other Arab territories.