Pakistan welcomes provisional measures by ICJ in Gaza genocide case

Pakistan welcomes provisional measures by ICJ in Gaza genocide case


Pakistan welcomes provisional measures by ICJ in Gaza genocide case

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ISLAMABAD (APP) – Pakistan on Friday welcomed the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), whereby it has concluded that, prima facie, it has the jurisdiction to entertain the case against Israel and that South Africa’s claims of genocide are “plausible”.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said that the ICJ has ordered Israel to urgently undertake a series of measures in relation to Palestinians in Gaza to prevent the commission of acts prohibited by the Genocide Convention, including killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction in whole or in part, and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.

The court also ordered Israel to take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

The implementation of the provisional measures requires an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to bring about an end to the suffering faced by the people of Gaza.

Since Oct 7, 2023, Israel has engaged in military aggression and criminal actions against the Palestinian people.

“We consider the ICJ’s ruling timely and a significant milestone in the pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and international accountability of Israel,” the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan called for the full and effective implementation of the ICJ’s decision so that basic human rights, dignity and identity of Palestinian people as a distinct group were upheld and protected, as stipulated by the United Nations Charter, relevant UN resolutions, and international law.

“Pakistan reaffirms its unwavering support to the Palestinian people in their just and legitimate struggle for the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination.”

With a similar spirit, “Pakistan has supported the application filed by South Africa before the ICJ against Israel under the 1948 Genocide Convention, in follow up to which the Court today announced the provisional measures,” it added.