No US access to Pak territory, Senate told

By: News Desk      Published: 11:51 PM, 25 May, 2021
No US access to Pak territory, Senate told

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the speculations about the presence of the US military and giving it access to Pakistan’s air or ground space are false, 24NewsHD reported on Tuesday.

Such an act under the premiership of Imran Khan is out of the question, Qureshi told the Senate.

The FM statement comes a day after the FO rubbished the US base report, saying there is no US military or airbase in Pakistan, nor is any such proposal envisaged.

Qureshi told the Senate that Pakistan is in safe hands. He said Pakistan has consistently been stressing that there should be a responsible and orderly withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan to avoid any security vacuum.

He said Pakistan will continue playing its positive role in facilitating the Afghan peace process. He said the sole objective is to see peace, stability, and progress in Afghanistan.

He said peace in Afghanistan is directly linked with the progress and development of Pakistan. He said projects like the TAPI gas pipeline and CASA-100 can be materialized if there is peace in Afghanistan.

Durable peace in ME linked to Palestine issue

About the Palestine issue, Foreign Minister Qureshi said durable peace in the Middle East is not possible without resolving the Palestine issue.

He stressed the need for evolving international consensus to formulate a comprehensive strategy to solve the Palestine issue. He said Pakistan played a vital role in achieving a ceasefire in Gaza to protect the precious human lives of the Palestinian people.  

The FM told the Senate that the cabinet approved sending humanitarian assistance for Palestinians. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning crimes against humanity committed by Israel.

Renewing resolve to stand by Palestinians

Leader of the House Dr Shehzad Waseem presented the resolution, condemning the double standards of various countries. The Senate welcomed the government’s initiative to dispatch humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. The House also urged the international community to take immediate effective and concrete steps to save Palestinian people from further anguish and miseries at the hands of the fascist Israeli war machine.

These steps must include lifting the blockade in Gaza, sending shipments of humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza, urge cessation of Israeli aggression, sending independent observer teams to Gaza, contributing to the reconstruction and rebuilding of Gaza, and initiating war crimes trials against Israeli occupation army for their crimes in Gaza and Jerusalem.

The House made it clear that Palestine is facing nothing less than genocide, massacre, and ethnic cleansing. Israel is an apartheid state and guilty of war crimes and settler colonialism. Only a two-state solution is acceptable with the total withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem, and the establishment of an independent homeland for Palestinians with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

The House reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering support for the realization of the right to self-determination and other fundamental rights of the Palestinian people as well as for the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders and a free, secure, viable, independent, and the contiguous State of Palestine with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

It urged all parliaments in the world to take note of war crimes being committed by Israel in occupied Palestine and by India in occupied Kashmir and to understand that there is no inextricable linkage of peace, security in the world with the just and peaceful resolution of these lingering conflicts in occupied Palestine and the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.  

The chair directed to translate the text of the resolution in leading international languages including French, Arabic, and Spanish, and send copies of the document to global parliaments. JUI senator Kamran Murtaza walked out of the senate in protest against allowing him mike after the senate approved the resolution on Palestine. The session has been put off for Thursday.