PM Kakar in Saudi Arabia to attend OIC emergency meeting on Israel-Gaza war

PM Kakar receives a warm welcome by Riyadh Deputy Governor at King Khalid International Airport on November 10, 2023. — APP
  • Riyadh Deputy Governor receives PM Kakar at Riyadh airport. 
  • Israel kills over 11,000 Palestinians in relentless aggression.
  • Pakistan expresses full solidarity with Palestine and its people. 

RIYADH: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Friday landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to attend the the emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the war situation in Gaza as Israel continues to pound the besieged enclave.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has convened the extraordinary summit of the OIC to discuss the escalating situation in Gaza.

A month into the war, Israel has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians in a fierce offensive in the Gaza Strip, forcing thousands of refugees out of their homes, while the global powers fail to put to an end the ongoing aggression.

Riyadh Deputy Governor Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz received the Premier Kakar on his arrival at the King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital.

Pakistan’s ambassador Ahmed Farooq and senior Saudi and Pakistani officials were present on the occasion.

During his three-day official visit, PM Kakar will participate in the emergency meeting in Riyadh, to discuss the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

He will also hold sideline meetings with the visiting heads of state and government from other countries.

Pakistan has expressed full solidarity with Palestine and its people and continues to condemn Israel’s brutal, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force against civilians, including women and children, besieged in Gaza.

Israel has intensified its ground operation and bombardment on the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ October 7 attacks, which caught Netanyahu Benjamin’s administration by surprise.

Accusing Palestinian resistance group of hiding among civilians, Tel Aviv has been using this explanation as an excuse when it faces criticism for targeting besieged civilians.

Honduras, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Jordan, and Bahrain have called back their envoys from Israel, and some have also cut their diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, whose forces have besieged Gaza for 17 years.

Global powers, including the United States and the United Nations, have called on Israel to ensure that civilian casualties are avoided in its relentless pursuit to eliminate Hamas, but to no avail.

The UN is also calling for an immediate ceasefire to at least allow aid to flow smoothly to the war-torn strip and permit the exchange of hostages.

Israeli PM Netanyahu, however, has ruled out halting his forces’ assault on Gaza and stressed that they would continue to pound the Hamas-run enclave.

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