Islamabad, 7 December 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani, said that Pakistan appreciates and supports the call of Secretary General of the United Nation under the Article 99 of the UN charter, urging Security Council to end the catastrophic situation in Gaza.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations on Wednesday said that he is invoking article 99 of the United Nations Charter for the first time in his tenure as Secretary General.
Article 99 of the United Nations states that, “The Secretary General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and Security,” said Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani.
While expressing his comments the Secretary General said that Gaza is facing a very severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system.
Furthermore, he urged the Security Council to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe and appealed for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared in the region.
In his call the Secretary General mentioned that the civilians throughout Gaza are in grave danger as from the start of Israeli Military operation more than 15,000 people have been killed and 40% of the killed are children.
The Foreign Minister while commenting on the situation said that it is time for the Security Council to must act now and protect the rights of Palestinian lives and end this tragedy.
During the weekly press briefing, spokesperson ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, said that Pakistan joins the Secretary General in his call to the international community to end the ongoing situation and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.
She continued that the United Nations Security Council must perform its primary responsibility under the UN Charter to impose an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to protect the people of Gaza from an impending genocide.
She also said that we call on Israel’s backers to urge Israel to end its barbaric attacks and inhumane siege against Gaza.
The spokesperson underscored the importance of an international conference for long-term peace on the Palestinian question, she said that durable and sustained peace in the region will emerge from the internationally agreed two-state solution.
Pakistan once again reiterated its position that durable peace in the region will emerge from the internationally agreed two state solution.
Along with the creation of a secure, viable, contiguous, and sovereign State of Palestine on the basis of the pre-June 1967 borders, with Al Quds Sharif as its capital.