The Pakistani expatriate community in Kingdom has responded to the call for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. In Jeddah, Pakistan’s flag was lowered at its consulate as a symbolic gesture to express solidarity and support for the Palestinians.
The Pakistanis in Jeddah and other parts hailed the call given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to express solidarity with the people of Palestine against the massive attacks on civilians, according to Pakistan Consul General Aftab Ahmed Khokher.
He told Arab News that his country has played a crucial role at international forums against Israel over its attacks on civilians in Gaza. He stated that the prime minister, who is currently in the Kingdom, has announced $1 million in aid of the suffering people of Gaza, who have been living under the scourge of Israeli bombardment for the last several days.
Khokher said that it was at Pakistan’s initiative that United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a special emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, which discussed the situation on Gaza strip.
Pakistan as an observer on behalf of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has taken the lead to call for a special meeting of UNHRC, which has agreed by majority vote to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed by Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.
“Our efforts in the diplomatic and international domains, including UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights OIC, NAM, and all other related forums, will continue until the ongoing atrocities in Palestine are ended,” Khokher said.
UNHRC’s resolution calls for the urgent dispatch of “an independent, international commission of inquiry” to investigate “all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly on the occupied Gaza Strip.”
Going by the past precedent, Israel would be highly unlikely to cooperate with any such investigation. That was its position with the Goldstone investigation into its operation of 2008, which killed 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza. Israel rejected that report as prejudiced and full of errors, and dismissed the charge that it had a policy of deliberately targeting civilians.