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Pak wants complete withdrawal of Israel from Occupied Arab territories: PM

08 June, 2006

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, right, shakes hands with Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmud al-Zahar prior to a meeting at Prime Ministerís H
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Pakistan remains steadfast in its support to the Palestinian cause, the fundamental elements of which are complete withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Arab territories and establishment of independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital.

Talking to Dr Mahmood Al-Zahar, the foreign minister of Palestine who called on him at the prime minister house Wednesday, the premier said Pakistan attaches great importance to secure and stable Middle East, which cannot be achieved without a just solution of the Palestine issue. He said international community needs to do more to facilitate an early resolution of this festering conflict.

The prime minister said Pakistan has consistently extended diplomatic, political and moral support to the Palestinian people since the inception of the conflict faith and heritage, which has generated a profound understanding and fraternity between the two countries.

The prime minister said the electoral victory of Hamas and the consequent formation of the Hams-led government is viewed by Pakistan as a democratic verdict of the Palestinian people, which should be respected. Pakistan hopes that Hamas would play a constructive role in carrying forward the peace process and bringing about a lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israel issue, the prime minister added.

The prime minister emphasized the need for unity among the ranks of the Palestinian for a better future, peace and prosperity for the Palestinian as well as to strengthen their cause for which the Palestinians have rendered innumerable sacrifices. He said the situation need to be diffused to get the normal life back so that the Palestinians can see light and hope for a better future.

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