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Pakistan strives for unity in Muslim Ummah

Pakistan strives for unity in Muslim Ummah
October 29, 2019
NEW YORK (92News) – Discussing the Middle East situation at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, the outgoing Pakistani permanent representative to the UN, has said that Pakistan is striving for unity in Muslim Ummah. Participating in a UNSC debate on the situation of Middle East, Ambassador Maleeha underscored the need for reconciliation in the Middle East, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been holding consultations with the leadership of Saudi Arabia and Iran to forge unity within the ranks of the Islamic Ummah. “Pakistan will continue to play its role for peace and stability in the region,” Lodhi, the envoy said.  “At this precarious moment in history, reconciliation within the region is imperative to avoid further instability,” she said. She added that it was essential for a peaceful and prosperous the Middle East. Maleeha Lodhi emphasized that any framework for regional peace must be built on the foundation of mutual respect. Calling upon all parties to abandon the pursuit of narrow national interests, she said any international involvement must be based on an unequivocal commitment to multilateral solutions and political processes. “Indeed, unilateral measures only cause suffering to civilians, and nowhere is that more evident than in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” the Pakistani envoy said. “The continued military occupation, expanding settlement activity in the occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, and the looming threat of the annexation of the West Bank have not only undermined the goal of a two-State solution but have also imperiled peace and security in the Middle East and beyond,” she maintained. “On our part, Pakistan’s solidarity with the people of Palestine is firm and unwavering.” Pointing out that Jammu and Kashmir marked its seventy-second anniversary of illegal occupation on 27 October, Ambassador Lodhi said the Palestinians will soon mark the same anniversary of their own illegal partition, but underlined that all attempts at subjugation ultimately fail. “Much as the continuing tragedy of the Palestinians and the Kashmiris still awaits redressal, they are nonetheless, reassured in their conviction that while dark and forbidding, the night of occupation will yield one day to the light of freedom and dignity for them and other peoples living under foreign occupation,” the Pakistani envoy declared. At the outset, Ambassador Lodhi spoke of a growing tide of complex and interconnected challenges pushing the Middle East towards a vortex of violence and instability.