Pakistan bans New Year celebrations in solidarity with Palestine

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Thursday announced the ban on New Year’s celebrations in the country, as a sign of solidarity with the violence suffered by the Palestinian people as a result of the conflict in Gaza.

“In Palestine, the Israeli occupation forces are oppressing (Palestinians). The entire Pakistani nation and the Muslim world are in a state of absolute fear over the mass murder of Palestinians, especially children,” Kakar said in a video statement published on the social network X. (formerly Twitter).

Due to this “grave situation in Palestine and in order to show solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, the government will strictly prohibit the celebration of any event in the New Year,” the president added.

In the video, Kakar highlighted the role that Pakistan has played since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza to give voice in global forums to the situation experienced by the Palestinian people, and specified that his country was preparing a third shipment of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. from Gaza.

He further revealed that Islamabad was in touch with Jordan and Egypt to provide timely assistance to Palestine and evacuate the injured from Gaza.

Hours earlier, the Pakistani military also expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and condemned human rights violations in the conflict, as part of a meeting of Pakistan’s top military commanders.

“The forum expressed its full solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemned the serious violations of human rights and war crimes in Gaza, while reiterating the government’s position calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and a peaceful resolution of the to demand conflict. The media agency (ISPR) reported this in a statement.

An attack on Israel by the Islamist group Hamas on October 7 left more than 1,200 dead and some 240 hostages taken to Gaza.

Israel responded to the attack with heavy bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed more than 21,000 Gaza residents and injured more than 55,000, according to the latest data from Gaza’s Health Ministry, which is controlled by the Islamist group.

Source: El heraldo