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Pak FM tells OIC: Attempts to silence media through tyranny, unacceptable

JEDDAH: The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened emergency meeting today (16th of May) to discuss Israeli aggression in Al-Aqsa.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated: “Today, at the Emergency Meeting of the OIC_OCI I reiterated the following: Support for Palestinian cause defining principle of Pakistan foreign policy Indiscriminate use of force by Israeli forces against defenseless Palestinians defies all international law. Tragedy of forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Al-Quds Al-Shareef is latest manifestation of systematic Israeli effort to change demographic structure, historical & legal status & Arab-Islamic / Christian character of Al-Quds Al-Shareef.

“Creating false equivalence between Israel, the aggressor and Palestinians, the victims, is inexcusable. Attempts to silence media through tyranny, unacceptable…OIC owes genesis to Palestinian issue. Muslim Ummah must exhibit strong solidarity for people of Palestinian Territories, with action. There comes a time in the history of nations when decisions taken are remembered by posterity and it is important to be on the right side of history. This is one such moment. We must not fail the Palestinian people at this critical juncture.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “Israel alone is responsible for the recent escalation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Our warnings to Israel last week went unheeded….It is time to show unity and determination on Palestine, and Turkey is ready to take any necessary step.” Cavusoglu further pointed out that Israel also targeted members of the Press and that half of those who lost their lives in Gaza were women and children.

OIC Secretary General said: “We salute the resilience of the Palestinian people in Al-Aqsa; Al-Quds is an integral part of Palestine.”

It seems that the entity called Hamas and recent contacts of Israel, persuading many OIC members to recognize it, has  dampened the Islamic nations’ enthusiasms about supporting the Palestinian people.

Riad Malki, FM of the Palestinian Authority which administers autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (sans control over Hamas and Gaza Strip where the militants seized power in 2007), speaking on the occasion lamented: “We need to tell Allah that we will resist to the last day. We are facing a long-term occupation. That’s the base of the problem. Crimes are committed against the Palestinians without consequences.”

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.