PESHAWAR - Department of International Relations (IR), University of Peshawar, Thursday arranged a function in connection with International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine at Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall on Thursday.

Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Pakistan, was the chief guest. He highlighted the key issues being faced by the people of the occupied territory. Due to the Israeli atrocities and siege of the Gaza Strip, more than two-third of the population of Palestine are living as refugees. He added the Muslim countries should unite for the liberation of Palestine.

He was of the opinion that the OIC has miserably failed to deliver and unite the Muslim countries, adding that the same organisation was established to resolve the long-standing issues of Palestine and Kashmir but to no avail.

Pakistan as brother Islamic country was helping a great deal to educate the youth of Palestine and up till now more than 45,000 students got higher education here, the Ambassador said. He informed that in the present government set-up of Palestine, 11 ministers and member parliament are the ones who got their graduation from Pakistani universities.

Responding to a student’s query about the divide created by the internal politics of Palestine in creating hurdles in solving the liberation of the state, he agreed that internal differences among Hamas and Fatah have damaged the Palestinian cause. About the Israeli hegemonic design he said local Palestinian are deprived of their right on water, what to talk about others.

He quoted that there are around 600,000 Israeli settlers, and a Palestinian local gets one litre of water after the settlers are provided with 70 litres.

To create more opportunities for higher education to the Palestinian brothers, University of Peshawar would give them one seat each in the 45 disciplines of UoP in both the BS and Masters degree Programme, said VC Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan in his address. He called for economic reintegration of the Muslim world to overcome threats from the West.

Chairman IR Department Prof Dr Adnan Sarwar Khan, Dean of Social Sciences Prof Dr Naeemur Rehman also spoke on the occasion.