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Punjab University Vice Chancellor for resolving Palestinian issue permanently

Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmed has called upon the need to resolve Palestinian issue on permanent basis as ceasefire is not a solution and the human rights crisis may erupt anytime again.

The issue of Palestine should be resolved according to the spirit of Two State Solution, he added. He was addressing an international webinar titled “Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine: The Way Forward” organized by Punjab University Human Rights Chair here on Wednesday.

PU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, former spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Tasneem Aslam, President Charles University Prague Prof Dr Nico Carpentier, former Vice President Afghanistan Dr Sima Samar, Palestinian Refugee; Head PR & Media in Friends of Palestine Network Ms Leen Saleh, Cairo University, Egypt Dr Fatma Elzahara and Director Centre for Policy Research USM, Malaysia Dr Azeem Fazwan, Human Rights Chair & Moderator Prof Dr Abida Ashraf and a large number of students participated in the seminar. Addressing the webinar, Prof Niaz said that this was the basic responsibility of the United Nations to resolve such issues among the states but the UN had failed to resolve issues of Palestine and Kashmir where gross violations of human rights and war crimes were being committed by Israel and India.

He said that UN’s Security Council met four times in a week on the recent Palestinian issue but could not even condemn Israel despite Israel had committed war crimes and openly violated Charter of Human Rights defined by the UN. He said that Israel was committing genocide of Palestinians.

Appreciating the efforts of Human Rights Chair Prof Dr Abida Ashraf, he said that PU for the first time established the Human Rights Chair to highlight such issues being faced by humanity. He appreciated Prof Dr Abida Ashraf for actively playing her role for bringing human rights issues to the limelight and presenting solutions to the problems.

He especially thanked international guest speakers for sparing their time to participate in the conference and express solidarity with Palestinians. Addressing the webinar, Ms Tasneem Aslam said that 57 Muslim countries could not play the role they could have played in the recent Palestinian crisis. She said that now the Muslim countries were rich in natural resources and enjoyed strong military and economic power but they did not put any considerable pressure on Israel.

Palestinian Muslim worshippers gather in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site of Islam, on May 21, 2021. – Fresh clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police broke out at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound today, in the latest unrest at the sensitive religious site, AFP journalists and police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers were targeted by Palestinians who threw stones and had begun “riot” suppressing measures. AFP reporters said fierce clashes were ongoing at the site between police and Palestinians. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

She said that the US was openly supporting Israel and the UN efforts to resolve the Palestine issue had been fruitless.

Dr Carpentier said that the violations of human rights in Palestine could not be seen even. He said that he was deeply saddened by the killings of innocent children. He said that colonialism had badly abused human beings and common people had suffered a lot. He said that the Palestine issue must be resolved peacefully and human rights must be ensured at all cost. He also criticized the ban on press freedom.

Palestinian Refugee Ms Leen Saleh said that innocent Palestinians had been forced to leave their places and they were living a life of migrant in nearby areas. She said that Palestinian migrants had their lands but they don’t have their home there.

Dr Sima Samar saluted the struggle of Palestinians and said that they were paying a very heavy price for their rights. She said that all the religions condemn terrorism and therefore Palestine issue must be resolved peacefully.

Prof Dr Abida Ejaz said that a ceasefire would not bring change in Palestine.  She said that along with innocent civilians, journalists and human rights activists had also been targeted by Israel. She said that Israel did not accept the rights of Palestinian migrants living in Lebanon. She said that a permanent solution to the issue was the only way out to ensure peace and human rights in the region.  Dr Fatma Elzahara, Dr Azeem Fazwan and others also spoke on the occasion.

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