Trump Jerusalem decision: Rabbani says OIC must take practical steps against US

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, while terming US President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital as unacceptable, on Friday urged the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) for practical steps against the US instead of passing condemnation resolutions alone.

Talking to a private TV channel, Rabbani clarified that the Jerusalem, Al-Quds, was one of the controversial and occupied territories and such kind of area could not be declared as the capital of any country.

He also noted that Islamic, European countries and Canada had refused to accept the US decision as the capital of Israel and showed solidarity with Palestinians.

“We stand with the Palestinians. Pakistan will play a vital role on the issue as it is not only the issue of Palestine but the entire Muslim Ummah,” he said.

The Senate chief said it was the last opportunity for the OIC to play an active role on the Jerusalem move rather than passing the condemnation resolutions alone.

“The US has political, economic and military interests in Middle East, therefore OIC should take practical steps to teach a lesson to the US,” Rabbani said, adding that National Assembly had already passed a resolution against the US decision and the same resolution would be tabled in the Senate as well.