Pakistan backs two-state solution for Palestine conflict, with Al-Quds as capital 

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on August 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 17 September 2020

Pakistan backs two-state solution for Palestine conflict, with Al-Quds as capital 

  • Foreign minister says Palestinians' right to self-determination is ‘inalienable’
  • Foreign office says no change in Pakistan’s stance on Israel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday the country remained committed to a two-state solution for the Palestinian conflict. 

“[Pakistan} reaffirms stand on #Palestine of 2 state solution as enshrined in @UN resolutions,” Qureshi said in a tweet on Thursday. “Palestinian's right to self determination is inalienable & we renew call for estab [establishment] of independent State of Palestine on basis of internationally agreed parameters w/ Al-Quds Al-Sharif as capital.”

Qureshi’s statement comes just days after Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman  Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri told Arab News there was no change in the nation’s stance toward Israel.

Early this week Noor Dahri, a British national of Pakistani origin, told Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom that Pakistan could be the next Muslim country to normalize ties with Israel. 

Pakistan does not recognize the state of Israel and has repeatedly supported UN resolutions regarding Palestine.

Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. It later annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital - a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


1,200 kids, including ages 6-12, start smoking in Pakistan every day — parliamentary secretary health

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1,200 kids, including ages 6-12, start smoking in Pakistan every day — parliamentary secretary health

  • Dr Nausheen Hamid says more than 160,000 people die every year in Pakistan because of tobacco use
  • Most smokers take up the habit in their teens, with roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world using cigarettes and cigars

ISLAMABAD: Around 1,200 children start smoking every day in Pakistan, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Health Services, Dr Nausheen Hamid, said on Thursday.

Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, according to a youth tobacco report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most smokers take up the habit in their teens, with roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world using tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars.

“The data we have has shown that children between ages of 6 and 12 are also among those children who start smoking every day,” Hamid, who is a member of the national assembly from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, said, adding that more than 160,000 people died every year in Pakistan because of tobacco use.

“The tobacco industry tries to attract young generations [to become users],” she said.

In recent years, Pakistan has introduced several measures to control tobacco use, including banning smoking in all places of public work or use, and on all public transport.

Laws in Pakistan also prohibit the sale of smoked tobacco products within 50 meters of any school, university, or educational institution, as well as the sale of single cigarettes and small packets of cigarettes. The sale of tobacco products is not allowed to persons under the age of 18.

Many forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are also banned, including advertising on domestic TV, radio and print media.

According to data available on the Pakistani health ministry’s tobacco control cell, there are 23.9 million tobacco users in the country, of whom 15.6 million are smokers.

“5,000 Pakistanis are admitted to hospitals every day because of tobacco,” the cell said, “and 39 percent of households are exposed daily to secondhand tobacco smoke.”