Islamabad, 8 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan has urged the international community to unite in their efforts to halt hostilities, safeguard civilian populations, and work towards establishing a lasting peace in the region.

Besides that, it also expressed deep concerns regarding the increasing human toll in the escalating Middle East situation on Saturday.

“We are closely monitoring the unfolding situation in the Middle East and the eruption of hostilities between Israel and Palestinians,” the statement issued by the Foreign Office Spokesperson in a press release.

Pakistan has maintained a consistent stance in favor of a two-state solution as the fundamental pathway to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East.

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This approach emphasizes the importance of a fair, all-encompassing, and enduring resolution to the Palestinian issue.

It aligns with international legal frameworks and adheres to the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“A viable, sovereign, and contiguous State of Palestine should be established on the basis of pre-1967 borders, with Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” it was emphasized.

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Furthermore, Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar expressed deep sorrow and concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East, emphasizing that it highlights the pressing and critical need to address the “Palestine Question.”

In a statement made on a particular platform (X), the Prime Minister stated; “We urge restraint and protection of civilians.

Enduring peace in the Middle East lies in a two-state solution with a viable, contiguous, sovereign State of Palestine, founded on pre-1967 borders, with Al Quds Al-Sharif at its heart”.

Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a statement posted on platform X, emphasized that ending Israel’s unlawful occupation, the expansion of settlements on Palestinian territory, and the oppression faced by innocent Palestinians are essential steps towards achieving peace, justice, and prosperity in the region.

“I am not surprised by today’s events. What else can one expect when Israel continues to deny Palestinians their legitimate right to self-determination and statehood?

What else, after daily provocations, attacks by occupation forces and settlers, and raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites of Christianity and Islam?”, said former Prime Minister.