Zaman Mehdi, Pakistan’s UN deputy permanent representative, criticizes Israel for a distressing “so-called declaration of war” on civilians.
Zaman Mehdi is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN). (Photo: India Today)
Zaman Mehdi, Pakistan’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, strongly criticized Israel during an address to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding the ongoing conflict with Hamas.
He expressed deep distress over what he termed the “so-called declaration of war” and attacks on civilians and their property. Representing the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mehdi referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration of a ‘state of war’ on October 7 following a major rocket attack by Hamas.
Mehdi requested a moment of silence from UNHRC members to honor the lives lost in the occupied Palestinian territory and elsewhere, emphasizing the need to remember victims of decades of foreign occupation.
He condemned the ongoing conflict as a reminder of seven decades of illegal foreign occupation, aggression, and disregard for international law, including UNSC resolutions. Mehdi called for immediate steps toward realizing Palestinian self-determination and achieving a just two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, emphasizing the importance of peace and justice in the region.