ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that Pakistan strongly opposes US attempt to alter legal and historical status of Al-Quds terming the move as blatant violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions.

The Chairman Senate is leading a delegation of Senators to participate in the 13thsession of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) being held in Tehran, Iran. The Chairman Senate was specially invited by the Speaker of Iranian Majli –e- Shora.

According to a statement issued here on Wednesday, Mian Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan condemns the decision to derail Middle East Peace Process in an already volatile and strife-stricken region.

“This move not only defies the rule of law and international norms, but also reinforces the hegemonic and belligerent “might is right” policies in international politics” Raza Rabbani remarked.

He cautioned that success of the international campaign against terrorism will be undermined by such regressive moves that only serve to perpetuate and deepen frustration and anger among the affected populations.

He said that Pakistan fully supports Palestinians’ demand for an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital and the Parliament of Pakistan has also consistently and unequivocally supported the just cause of the Palestinian people.

Senate and National Assembly, he said, in their respective sittings in August 2014, passed separate resolutions expressing strong support for the Palestinian cause and to condemn Israeli atrocities and genocide in Gaza recently.

Raza Rabbani, however, underscored the need to make both OIC and PUIC more vibrant and proactive in responding to challenges as well as other needs of the Muslim world today.

“We must resolve and rise above divisive conflicts be it sectarian, ideological or communal” he observed.

He proposed that the way forward lies in enhancement of multi-stratum cooperation in areas such as economy, trade, infrastructure, investment, education, health, science and technology, agriculture, energy and defence.

He remarked that twin issues of economy and security pose a grave threat to the peace and harmony of the entire Muslim Ummah and increased security and defence cooperation between the PUIC countries is key to remove the roadblocks to progress and prosperity that terrorism poses.

He said that Pakistan has borne the brunt of the War on Terror for over one and a half decade. Thousands of Pakistanis, military personnel as well as civilians have lost their lives and almost as many have been maimed and wounded, he maintained. He said that Pakistan will continue to play a proactive role against this tide of extremism and anarchy.  

He termed PUIC a step forward for increased mutually-beneficial integration within the Muslim world as it envisages the “strengthening of contacts, cooperation and coordination between the various Muslim countries’ parliamentary, governmental and non-governmental organizations, with the aim of advancing common objectives”. He wished the organizers success for conference and hoped that the conference may significantly contribute towards further strengthening of ties between all the Muslim countries and finding solutions to common challenges.

Mian Raza Rabbani said, “We must admit that we haven’t yet fully exploited the huge potential for progress that the Muslim world collectively possesses”.

“We must not let a handful of extremists and transnational terrorists malign Islam for their vested interests”, he reiterated.