The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) held a Public Talk on the “Formation of the National Unity Government and Future of Peace in Palestine” on November 28, 2017. The distinguished speaker on the occasion was H.E. Dr. Mazen Shamiyah, Assistant Minister of Palestine for Asia, Africa, and Australia. Other dignitaries at the occasion included, H.E. Mr. Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Pakistan and Mr. Ibrahim R.M. Altarri.
Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI, in his welcome remarks reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the cause of Palestine and its unwavering support at various international forums. He said that Pakistan pursues the Palestinian cause as if it were pursuing its own. He also said that the issue at hand had many aspects, including respect for international law – in particular the UN Charter, respect for international humanitarian law, as well as respect for human rights. It is in fact a question of foreign occupation and the right of self determination of the Palestinian people. Israel, supported by big powers, has been obstinate in complying with the UN resolutions which call for removal of Israeli troops from all territories and require the restoration of the inalienable right of the people of Palestine. Instead, Israel has introduced settlements which have and are continuing to displace local inhabitants and involve a lot of suffering. Another aspect which is of vital importance is the status of Jerusalem because it connects Muslims from all over the world, and hence any solution which changes the status of Jerusalem will not be acceptable to anyone.