RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir on Tuesday urged the international community to do its part to end Israeli atrocities in Gaza. and expressed deep concern about the “unabated indiscriminate discrimination.” killing of innocent civilians. ” The
military commander made these remarks during a meeting with the Palestinian Ambassador to Palestine Ahmad Jawad, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
More than 5,000 Palestinians have been martyred and another 18,000 injured in indiscriminate air strikes on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.
“COAS expressed deep concern at the ongoing violence and deliberate and indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the war.” “The continued attacks on Gaza and the forced evacuation of Palestinians from Gaza are clear crimes against humanity,” the military media wing added.
“It is imperative that the international community mobilises to put an early end to unfolding human tragedy due to the disproportionate and unlawful use of force by IDF and desist from encouraging them to continue perpetrating atrocities in manifest violation of all norms of civility and humane conduct,” the army chief said.
The COAS also offered condolences to the envoy on the loss of Palestinian lives, the military’s media wing said.
Gen Munir also reiterated the call for “immediate cessation” of hostilities and the provision of a humanitarian corridor while underscoring the need to protect civilian lives and adherence to international law.
While reiterating Pakistan’s support for an independent state of Palestine established on the basis of pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, the army chief said: “Pakistan believes that the fresh spate of violence in Gaza is the result of unabated repression, continued human rights violations and state-sponsored sacrilege of Al Aqsa mosque.”
“Conflating this war with terrorism would be naïve; taking a narrow and self-serving view of the issue as an isolated attack, obscures brutal oppression spanning decades that has led to this outcome” the COAS was quoted as saying.
Last week, Pakistan dispatched the first consignment carrying relief assistance to Gaza as Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment left thousands dead and displaced millions.
Relief supplies carrying 1,000 winter tents, 4,000 blankets, and 3 tons of medical supplies will arrive in Palestine via Egypt on a chartered plane, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.