ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on floor of the National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday strongly rejected the statements attributed to him and the prime minister about the recognition of Israel.
He said Pakistan has a historic stance on the issue and supports a two-state solution with Al-Quds Al Sharif as the Capital of Palestinian state. “There is no question of recognition of Israel and no change in stance on accepting Al-Quds Al Sharif as capital of Palestine,” the Foreign Minister on floor of the National Assembly said, adding the same stance was also demonstrated by the PPP and PML-N governments.
Asif had demanded the foreign minister to clarify the government’s position on the issue of Palestine and Kashmir, the two internationally recognized disputed territories for decades.
“Pakistan has neither changed nor deviated from its historical stance on the issue of Palestine,” the foreign minister said, adding that the ruling party’s position on the disputed territory was the same as that of the opposition parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Islamabad has always supported the Palestinian cause for a free and independent state in a contested region of the world that is considered sacred by both Muslims and Jews. More than 135 United Nations member countries recognize Palestine as an independent state, but Israel and some other countries, including the United States, do not make this distinction. On the other hand, many Muslim countries including Pakistan do not recognize Israel as an independent state.