Pakistan sends eighth tranche of humanitarian aid for Gaza

The Security Council had blocked Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the UN

By News Desk
April 22, 2024
Food packs are stacked up for Gazan families at a warehouse in Karachi in this image released on April 21, 2024. — X/AlkhidmatOrg

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday said Pakistan has dispatched its eighth tranche of humanitarian assistance for Gaza through sea. The 400 tonnes of aid consists of “winterized tents, tarpaulins, blankets, medicines and food supplies”.


In a post on X, Dar said the shipment would be received by the Pakistani ambassador to Egypt at Port Said and handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent for onward delivery to the people of Gaza.

“Pakistan remains committed to addressing the urgent humanitarian needs of our brothers and sisters in Gaza,” he said.

Since the conflict broke out in Palestine on October 7, 2023, Pakistan has continuously been raising its voice against the Israeli atrocities and sending aid time and again.

Pakistan on April 19 regretted the United States decision to veto the draft resolution seeking Palestine’s full membership of the United Nations and expressed its disappointment at the UN Security Council’s inability to reach a consensus on the matter.

“Pakistan is deeply disappointed by the result of last night’s debate at the UNSC and its inability to reach a consensus and recommend Palestine’s membership to UN General Assembly,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch had said in her weekly press briefing. “We regret the US decision to veto the draft resolution granting full membership of the UN to Palestine,” she had added.

The Security Council had blocked Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the UN due to a US veto on a widely supported resolution that would have recommended the granting of such status. The proposal, submitted to the 15-member Council by Algeria, received 12 votes in favour, with the US casting a negative vote and Switzerland and the United Kingdom abstaining.