Pakistan welcomes ICJ’s ruling on Gaza

Pakistan has expressed its approval on Saturday for the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) recent call to cease Israel’s military activities in Rafah with immediate effect.

The official representative of the Foreign Office, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, declared in a communique that Pakistan’s backing of South Africa’s legal move against Israel, under the terms of the Genocide Convention of 1948, has influenced the ICJ’s decision to enforce extra provisional measures.

Previously in February, Pakistan had aligned with a cadre of over 50 nations presenting their case at the significant legal hearing at the ICJ in The Hague, concerning the debated Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Just a week prior, South African attorneys petitioned the ICJ for urgent provisional measures, stressing the necessity to halt Israeli assaults in southern Gaza’s Rafah to safeguard Palestinian existence.

The ICJ’s verdict necessitates that Rafah remains accessible to facilitate humanitarian assistance. The directive mandates open passage for UN groups tasked with inspecting accusations of genocide in Gaza.

The spokesperson emphasized Pakistan’s call for the swift and unequivocal execution of the ICJ’s most recent directive, as well as adherence to all preceding mandates.

While pressing for the UN Security Council to enforce accountability upon Israel, Mumtaz reiterated Pakistan’s endorsement for the Palestinian right to self-determination and the establishment of an autonomous Palestinian state with boundaries as they were in 1967, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

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