Imran urges UN Sec-Gen to stop genocide of Palestinians

Published: July 25, 2014
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“As the world watches Israel losing all sense of humanity and breaking all international norms of behaviour, it is the UN to which it looks for intervention”,said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairpman Imran Khan. PHOTO: INP

“As the world watches Israel losing all sense of humanity and breaking all international norms of behaviour, it is the UN to which it looks for intervention”,said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairpman Imran Khan. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan wrote a letter  to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Friday and urged him to play his role to stop the genocide of innocent Palestinians.

Drawing Ban’s attention towards the genocide of innocent Palestinians in Gaza at the hands of Israeli forces, in his letter, Khan said that he is writing as the chairman of the second largest political party in Pakistan and on behalf of the Pakistani nation that has always been the lead nation in UN peacekeeping across the globe.

“We have been watching in shock and horror as the state of Israel has unleashed a massacre of Palestinians in Gaza during the Muslim Holy month of Ramazan and the UN has stood by as a silent spectator,” the letter read.

Pointing out that the death toll of Palestinians in Gaza had crossed 800 with the Israeli aggression showing no sign of stopping, he said, “The residents of Gaza cannot seek escape as Egypt has kept its border with Gaza sealed. The Egyptian authorities have also prevented medical supplies from going in to Gaza and the UN has issued not a word of protest.”

“Yet the UN’s primary responsibility is to maintain global peace and to prevent aggression,” adding that according to the UN Charter’s preamble Article 2:4 to Chapter VII, the UN has a duty to ensure that people are not persecuted and states do not aggress against other states and territories.

“The Office of Secretary General has a critical role to play in the maintenance of international peace and prevention of state aggression and war,” he said, adding that Chapter XV Article 99 defines the special responsibility of the Secretary General in this regard and Article 100.1 also calls on the Secretary General not to be influenced by any state in the carrying out of his functions.

“The Secretary General has to ensure the credibility of the UN in times of crises and war”, he stated.

“The massacre of innocent women, children, and elderly by the state of Israel cannot simply be ignored by the UN and by yourself as its Secretary General. Nor can the Israeli aggression under false claims of “self-defence” be ignored – especially by the UN and its Secretary General”.

Referring to the notion of self-defence in given in Chapter VII of UN charter, the PTI chairman said, how can the bombing of a hospital, a cemetery and a UN school be regarded as acts of self-defence?

He added that the ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Wall further countered the Israeli claims of self-defence.

“As the world watches Israel losing all sense of humanity and breaking all international norms of behaviour, it is the UN to which it looks for intervention”, he noted.

Khan said that after the UN World Summit of 2005 the international community asserted the principle of the Right to Protect as part of humanitarian intervention and the primary responsibility for enforcing this rests with the UN and its Secretary General.

“I call on you to immediately exercise this responsibility to prevent the genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza”, he asked.

The letter further states that at present the UN is undergoing a major challenge in terms of sustaining its institutional credibility.

“As Secretary General your actions will decide whether the UN is to remain credible as the harbinger of peace, the protector of the weak and the institution that ensures aggression remains unsuccessful around the globe,” adding after all the UN was founded, “to prevent future generations from the scourge of war.” It is up to you to ensure that the UN fulfills the mandate given to it by the comity of nations.

“We cannot now allow the UN to lose all credibility because one powerful state is allowing Israel to conduct aggression against Gaza with impunity,” he said.

“ We have a right to demand that you as the Secretary General enforce the UN Charter and play an active role in halting Israeli military aggression against the Palestinian population of Gaza”, he stated.

PTI chief urged that that as Secretary General of UN, Ban must also demand and ensure Egypt open its border with Gaza to allow medical assistance and essential supplies to go into Gaza.

“You have a duty to ensure that the plan of genocide of the Palestinians by the Israeli state is thwarted. It is time for you as the UNSG to fulfill this critical duty”, he concluded.

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  • Furqan butt
    Jul 25, 2014 - 10:18PM

    Well done imran khan

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  • asim
    Jul 25, 2014 - 11:20PM

    **The UN is ineffective because the US vetoes anything against Israel,because it is enslaved by the jewish lobby .

    Unfortunately I think the only way to prevent massacre of muslims in gaza and the middle east (by so called islamic extremists eg free Syrian army, ISIS, which are actually working for Mossad, and other intel service ), so the only way to prevent this massacre is for the muslim states to form an alliance (like Nato) and threaten war, yes war (including nuclear response) to Israel.

    Unfortunately I dont think there is any other way as the Western media (under jewish ownership/ pressure) is one sided for Israel and so are the Western governments (because of extremely effective lobying by jews).**

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:02AM

    Pakistan is showing the Western world how to lead and stop condoning genocide.

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  • Midas
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:50AM

    UN is becoming increasingly useless, case-in-point Rawanda and the aftermath of that, leading to a nobel peace price for Kofi Annan. Current situation will be Ban Ki Moon’s waterloo. Notwithstanding what Hamas is up to or condoning their actions, it is the innocent civilian lives that are a sad part of this equation. US now has no legal grounds to stand on, against any country in the world, citing human rights violations or war crimes, because it has vetoed a security council resolution against Israel. They should stop playing the world’s policemen and look after their own country, if they spend half the money in improving the internal security arrangement, then they spend on all these wars, they will be a lot safer and will have passified all these people (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria etc.) who want US forces out of their country, less enemies to worry about.

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  • Blithe
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Yet you want to destabilize Pakistan abs whip up hysteria against judiciary abs police .

    You are a hypocrite of the highest order!

    Why don’t you go and live in Palestine!!

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  • writer
    Jul 26, 2014 - 4:03AM

    @asim, well said, so true, Imran Khan the champion is back despite his personal scandals recently.

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  • sarah
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:25AM

    Well this came a little late…

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  • adil
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:40AM

    Dear Palestinians,
    Just wanted to apologise as Pakistanis and Muslims that we have failed you! We have watched silently as you are slaughtered by israelis, your women dishonoured , your children killed! Most of our leaders see this onslaught and do nothing and we are ashamed to have choosen such leaders. We know we are guilty and seek forgivness from you and Allah, as we understand Allah might not forgive us for our disconcern. Brothers I don’t know how many more of you have to die before we as an ummah get woken up. But remember, no good action goes unrewarded and no atrocity goes unpunished! All who have wronged you would be held accountable one day! Brothers, till that day have faith and don’t lose hope.

    Sincere Apologies,

    An ignorant brother

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  • Ozair
    Jul 26, 2014 - 9:08AM

    @blithe
    The beautiful thing about Pakistan is that there is always an Idiot who can take a positive thing and turn it into negative.

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