Mushahid Hussain: Palestine integral to Pakistan’s national identity, tells Istanbul Summit

Mushahid Hussain: Palestine integral to Pakistan's national identity, tells Istanbul Summit

Mushahid tells Istanbul International Conference on Palestine: ‘Rightful Hamas resistance has altered Middle East status quo, Palestine part of Pakistan’s DNA’

ISTANBUL, (DNA): In his address to the International Conference on Palestine, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that ‘Palestinians armed resistance to brutal Israeli occupation was fully justified under International Law and the UN Charter’, adding that ‘Palestine is part of Pakistani DNA’.

The three day conference, inaugurated by President Erdogan, is being attended by parliamentarians and political leaders from 80 countries. Mushahid Hussain, who is member of the 12-member Executive Board of Parliamentarians for Palestine & Al Quds’, said the ‘entire people and political parties of Pakistan support the just cause of Palestine, as Pakistan’s policy on Palestine was first enunciated by the Father of the Nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, even before the independence of Pakistan’.

Condemning the Gaza Genocide by Israel, Mushahid termed it the ‘first live televised genocide in modern history’, adding that ‘both Muslim regimes and West countries have let down the Palestinians, except for public opinion in Muslim and Western countries’. He said the ‘Al Aqsa Storm’ unleashed by Hamas on October 7 has altered the global political landscape, especially in the Middle East by shattering the myth of Israeli invincibility’.

Giving Pakistan’s track record of supporting Palestine, Mushahid Hussain referred to Pakistan being the only non-Arab country to take part in two Arab-Israeli Wars in 1967 and 1973, plus first recognition of PLO under Yasser Arafat took place at the Lahore Islamic Summit in 1974.

Mushahid urged an immediate ceasefire & steps to establish an independent Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. The Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation attending the conference includes Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, MNAs Sheryar Meher, Chaudhry Shahbaz & Junaid Akbar. The Pakistani delegates also met President Erdogan and Speaker of Turkish Parliament, Dr Noman Kurtulmus.