ISLAMABAD: Senators from both sides of the divide on Monday strongly rejected US President Trump’s decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting the United States embassy to that city from Tel Aviv, and called upon Muslim countries to take a united stand on the issue which had hurt their religious sentiments.
The senators also demanded the US administration to immediately withdraw its move as it would destabilise the whole region.
Earlier, the House suspended rules adopting a resolution moved in that regard by Col (r) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi to discuss the US president’s decision.
Opening debate in the House, Saher Kamran of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) strongly rejected the Trump decision and questioned why the international human rights organisations were keeping mum over Israeli forces brutalities against innocent Palestinians.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) termed the decision a sheer violation of the UN resolutions and international laws. “It is also a slap in the face of the US itself as the country now stands isolated due to its move,” he said.
Tahir Hussain Mashhadi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) strongly denounced the US decision, which, he said, was a violation of international laws and UN Security Council resolutions.
He said the decision would have lasting effects on the whole region which would lead to war and create hatred. He said the House should be adjourned to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after the passage of the resolution to condemn the US move.
Farhatullah Babar said the coalition force of about 42 Muslim countries should prove its perception that it was established to counter terrorism, by taking a clear stance on the issue. Pakistan had defended the Middle East in 1973 and it should play that role again, he added.
Rehman Malik said the US decision of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had dented interfaith harmony in the Middle East. The decision was aimed at promoting Israeli objective, which was even against the verdict of the International Court of Justice, he added.
PPP’s Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan must say explicitly that it did not accept the sovereignty of Israel over Jerusalem and urged for convening a special session wherein the prime minister and the foreign minister should give a briefing on the issue. She viewed that a clear and sovereign position needed to be taken. Triumph’s move was an act of spreading terror in the Middle East.