Pakistanis in UAE observe Palestine Solidarity Day

Moazzam Khan, Pakistani ambassador to the UAE, addressing a ceremony observing Palestine Solidarity Day at the Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi on May 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Press Information Department)
Updated 19 May 2018
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Pakistanis in UAE observe Palestine Solidarity Day

  • “The government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people," says Moazzam Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE
  • Islamabad strongly condemns the “merciless killings of unarmed and innocent Palestinian protestors by Israeli forces,” Khan said

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani community in the UAE on Friday observed Palestine Solidarity Day, and a function was held at the Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
A large number of Pakistanis gathered at the embassy to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemn Israeli human rights violations. Moazzam Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, presided over the function.
The moving of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a violation of international law and several UN resolutions, he said.
“The government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people, and renew our call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Jerusalem as its capital,” he added.
Islamabad strongly condemns the “merciless killings of unarmed and innocent Palestinian protestors by Israeli forces,” Khan said, urging the UN and the international community to investigate the killings and bring an immediate end to the use of force.

 


China ‘harvesting’ Falun Gong organs: report

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China ‘harvesting’ Falun Gong organs: report

  • The panel said a considerable amount of people were affected by the forced organ collection
  • The report said the waiting time for organ transplants is considerably short
LONDON: Forced organ harvesting has been carried out “for years throughout China” and members of the Falun Gong spiritual group have “probably” been the main victims, according to a panel of lawyers.
A report by the London-based China Tribunal, released to journalists ahead of a summary to be published online on Wednesday, concluded that “forced organ harvesting continues till today.”
The panel said it was “unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt — that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims.”
“Falun Gong practitioners have been one — and probably the main — source of organ supply,” it added.
The China Tribunal was set up by campaign group the “International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China” to examine the issue.
The panel, headed by British lawyer Geoffrey Nice, warned that the “concerted persecution and medical testing” of China’s Muslim Uighurs meant “evidence of forced organ harvesting of this group may emerge in due course.”
The report cited “extraordinarily short waiting times” for organs and the number of transplant operations performed as evidence, highlighting the “impossibility of there being anything like sufficient ‘eligible donors’.”
China has repeatedly denied accusations that it takes organs from prisoners of conscience.
A government spokesman issued a statement before the report’s release saying “we hope that the British people will not be misled by rumors.”