The State of Palestine on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for his “strong response” on Israel and expressed gratitude to the government for extending support to the Palestinian cause.
A statement issued by the Palestinian embassy in Islamabad also thanked the government for condemning Israeli aggression towards Palestine.
“Palestinians consider Pakistan as our second homeland and Pakistanis as our dearest brothers, who always supported Palestine on every forum of the world,” the statement said.
This press release came a day after the premier firmly stated that Pakistan would not recognize the legitimacy of Israel as a state until it gave freedom to the Palestinians.
In an interview aired on a local news outlet, the prime minister stated, “Quaid-e-Azam had said in 1948 that Pakistan could not recognise Israel unless it gave freedom to Palestinians. If we recognise Israel and ignore [the] tyranny faced by Palestinians, we will have to give up [the cause of] Kashmir as well, and this we cannot do.”
Commenting on United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) new ties with Israel, the prime minister said every state had its own foreign policy.
In a statement issued today, the Palestinian embassy pointed out that the Pakistani government had always supported their cause. “The embassy heartily appreciates the stance of [PM Imran] when answering to a question about Israel.”
“It is only because of the love of Pakistanis towards Palestine that Israeli and Pakistani relations have never been established”, the statement added.
“The embassy thanks the prime minister for such a strong response and also appreciates every individual of Pakistan, including political parties, media, and civil society, who is observing solidarity with Palestine in any possible way. We are hopeful that this support will be with us until we get an independent State of Palestine with Jerusalem Al-Quds as its capital,” the statement concluded.