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Israeli–Palestinian conflict is ‘between oppressors and the oppressed’: Pakistan PM

Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar

Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar has condemned Israel’s ongoing atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip.

“Israel is a cruel and oppressive regime, while Palestine is an oppressed nation,” Kakar said on Tuesday while talking to reporters in Islamabad.

“This is a war between oppressors and the oppressed,” he added, commenting on the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

He said the Zionist regime is in a state of denial. It does not want to resolve its issues with Palestinians.

Israel has launched incessant bombing attacks on the Gaza Strip, since October 7 when the resistance group launched a blitz into the occupied territories.

More than 900 Palestinians, including 230 women, 260 children and elderly, have been killed and over 4,600 people injured in more than three days of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Israeli regime officials have also ordered a total blockade of Gaza to compensate for heavy losses suffered during the Hamas operation.

On Monday, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad censured Western states and their media outlets for their hypocrisy toward the recent Palestinian operation against Israel.

Mahathir said the narrative run by certain Western states was far from truth given the “seven decades” of atrocities by Israel against the Palestinians.

“Instead of addressing the conflict for what it actually is, they chose to continue with their deceptive narrative that it is an attack on Israel by terrorists,” Mahathir said.

“They are outright lies which have been perpetuated unashamedly by Western leaders and their media,” he said.

“The truth is actually very simple, the Israelis had been committing war crimes, massacres, genocide and unthinkable atrocities against the Palestinians,” he noted.

“These are not one-off acts but rather systematically conducted without respite throughout the seven decades,” Mahathir said.

Pakistan’s caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Sunday that Islamabad was deeply concerned by the escalating hostility in the Middle East and the loss of innocent lives.

“We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and call for an immediate end to the violence and oppression by Israeli occupation forces,” Jilani said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"A viable and sovereign State of Palestine must be established on the basis of pre-1967 borders and UN resolutions. The international community needs to intervene to bring an end to the conflict, protect civilians, and work towards a lasting peace in the Middle East," he added.

Separately, Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi criticized Israel for suppressing the rights of Palestinians, urging the international community “to play its active role” to ease the tension between Israel and Palestine.

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