Days of Palestine

Friday, March 31

Pakistan rejects Israel’s plan to annex parts of West Bank

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Pakistan has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he will immediately annex the Jordan Valley region in the occupied West Bank if he was re-elected next week. 

"We reject any such move, which would be illegal and a dangerous escalation," Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency.

"While reaffirming our solidarity with the Palestinians, Pakistan reiterates its support for a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital," he added. 

Faisal also said that Islamabad categorically rejected reports claiming that it was going to recognize Israel in reaction to a "mild" response from some Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia on India’s revoking of longstanding special rights of disputed Jammu and Kashmir region last month.

"Our policy of non-recognition of Israel remains unchanged," said Faisal.

Last week, Pakistan Army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor had also rejected the "rumors" that Pakistan was getting ready to recognize Israel terming it the "fifth generation propaganda war" against Pakistan and the army.