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Pakistan’s UN envoy highlights crucial role in supporting Palestinian cause

Islamabad, 7 November 2023(GNP): The United Nations Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Munir Akram, has asserted that Pakistan has taken a prominent lead in advocating and defending the Palestinian position amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

In the wake of Israel’s relentless indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and continued violation of international law, Pakistan has been resolute in expressing its support for Palestinian rights.

In a recent interview, he highlighted Pakistan’s proactive role in articulating the Palestinian stance and emphasized the nation’s continuing efforts to bring an end to the ongoing atrocities in Gaza.

Munir akram noted that the sentiment within the United Nations is largely condemnatory of Israeli actions and the relentless bombings in Gaza, with many nations terming it as a “genocide.” He indicated that these actions align with the definition of genocide, further intensifying global concerns.

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), however, has faced a deadlock due to certain powerful member states preventing the adoption of a ceasefire resolution.

Nevertheless, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took decisive action by adopting a resolution proposed by Arab and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.

The resolution calls for a humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian assistance for Gaza, and opposition to Israel’s displacement of Palestinians.

While the UNSC remains unable to take action, the UNGA has expressed its position. Pakistan is now urging the UN Secretary-General and UN organizations to implement this resolution.

The UN Representative of Pakistan Munir Akram, stressed that if the UNSC fails to fulfill its responsibility, the UNGA has residual powers to act in the maintenance of international peace and security, as demonstrated by the “Uniting for Peace” resolution of 1950.

He proposed that potential actions within the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) might encompass the imposition of an oil export embargo, the severance of trade relations, and the termination of civil aviation connections with Israel to exert pressure and impose penalties for its actions in Gaza.

The  concerted diplomatic campaign aims to gather support for these measures from the OIC and Arab countries, potentially leading to their adoption by the UNGA.

While recalling ambassadors and diplomats from Israel, has been initiated by some nations, the influence of the United States remains paramount in addressing the situation.

The hope is that mounting international pressure will compel Israel to reevaluate the costs of its military campaign and bring the conflict to an end.

The complexity of the situation underscores the challenges of resolving geopolitical conflicts, particularly when they involve deeply rooted historical tensions and the interests of numerous nations.