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  •  A woman cries next to the body of Yawar Bashir, a suspected militant, who according to the local media was killed in a gunbattle with Indian security forces on Monday, during his funeral procession at Hablish village in south Kashmir's Kulgam district December 5, 2017

    A woman cries next to the body of Yawar Bashir, a suspected militant, who according to the local media was killed in a gunbattle with Indian security forces on Monday, during his funeral procession at Hablish village in south Kashmir's Kulgam district December 5, 2017 | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 December 2017
Opinion

“We will continue to support the principled stance on both regardless of the so-called reality of occupation,"

Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan views the Palestinian issue equal to that of the Kashmir issue.

Bajwa said this to the Palestine Ambassador in Pakistan, Walid A.M. Abu Ali, during a Tuesday meeting.

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He told Ali that both Kashmir and Palestine have the “unequivocal” public, moral and political support of the Pakistani nation.

“We will continue to support the principled stance on both regardless of the so-called reality of occupation," he added.

Pakistani support for Palestine comes after U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the Israeli capital. Palestinian authorities are claiming the eastern portion of the holy city.

The Israeli government has taken over nearly all Palestinian lands since the country was divided up by a U.N. committee agreement in 1947.

Since the nation was divided by the British in 1947, the people of Kashmir have been divided, living in a semi-autonomous entity under Pakistan and the Jammu and Ladakh provinces of India.

Kashmiris in India have been fighting for an independent state since 1989 that has left approximately 700,000 killed, mainly by Indian soldiers. In the past year alone, more than 100 Kashmir protesters have been killed by Indian security forces, thousands have been detained and injured.

Protests continue in Pakistan today against the U.S. declaration.

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