ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan shares the Arab worlds voice for complete withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Arab territories and will continue its steadfast support to the cause of Palestinians. Addressing at a banquet hosted by him in the honour of President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas here at Prime Ministers House on Friday, Premier Gilani said, We support the full realisation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people including the establishment of an independent state with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital. We demand that the illegal Israeli settlements and construction activities in the West Bank and atrocities and repression must come to an end forthwith, Gilani emphatically said. Besides the members of Palestinian delegation, the banquet was attended by a large number of federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats and senior officials. Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan would also continue to play its due role at the United Nations in supporting the legitimate demands of the people under occupation including the people of Palestine. Tracing similarities in the self-determination struggles of peoples of Palestine and Kashmir, Prime Minister Gilani said, To all Pakistanis and people striving for the right to self-determination the peaceful struggle of the Palestinian people is inspirational. We are confident that the Palestinian people will achieve full statehood through their legitimate and peaceful struggle, he added. The Prime Minister said the Palestinian struggle for statehood and for the right to self- determination found resonance in Pakistan, adding, Our brothers in Kashmir face a similar occupation and are also struggling to realise their right to self-determination. He recalled that Pakistan hosted the 1974 OIC Summit under the direction of their Shaheed leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. That Summit was aimed at developing collective wisdom on issues concerning the Muslim World particularly on the Palestine issue and to establish linkages with the international community to resolve them in the interest of peace, security and progress, world over, he added. Prime Minister Gilani said the 1974 Conference recognised President Yasser Arafats leadership role in promoting the just cause of the Palestinian people. President Arafat is not amongst us today, he said, adding, President Arafat was, as Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had said, The symbol of Palestinian identity, nationhood and its struggle for a separate homeland for the Palestinian people. The Prime Minister said that Palestine was an emotive issue for the Government and people of Pakistan and hence they followed the events in Middle East with great concern. The people of Pakistan desire for early resolution of the Palestine conflict in a just and fair manner, he added. The Prime Minister expressed disappointment over the current stalemate in the peace process. He said the deadlock in the peace process had implications for peace in the region and beyond. He urged Israel to demonstrate its good faith and sincerity for talks by stopping its illegal activity of construction of settlement in the occupied lands. The Prime Minister extended Pakistans full support to the peace efforts in the Middle East, including the Oslo Peace Accord, the Arab Peace Initiative and the UN Resolution 242 and 338. Welcoming Goldstone Commission Report on Gaza, he hoped that its recommendations would be implemented by the international community. He expressed Pakistans strong endorsement to the call for an end to economic sanctions against Palestinians. Earlier, Mahmoud Abbas, during his meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, exchanged views on prevailing situation in Middle East, regional and international issues, bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest. President Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan would continue extending its unequivocal and unreserved support to the just cause of Palestinian people for the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State of their own with Al-Quds as its capital. Pakistan believes that peace will remain elusive in the Middle East unless the Palestinian problem is resolved the President said. The President also expressed concerns over the current stalemate and deadlock in the peace process, which has implications for peace in the region and beyond.