Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his country’s support for Palestinian people until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Zardari made the comments in Pakistani capital city of Islamabad on Sunday at a banquet for acting Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas, the Pakistani television network Dawn News reported. Zardari also said that Pakistan would continue backing the Palestinian cause at every forum as the Asian country did at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012.
The Pakistani president further condemned the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied territories and called on the international community to stop the Tel Aviv regime from building new settlements to the east and south of occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because those territories were captured by Israel in a 1967 war, and are thus seen as being subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. More than half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. MR/HN