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Pakistan Bans New Year’s Celebrations in Solidarity with Gaza

In a notable gesture of solidarity, Pakistan has officially prohibited New Year’s celebrations nationwide to express support for the people of Gaza amidst the ongoing conflict with Israel. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar announced the ban in a televised address, calling for a subdued approach to the New Year to stand in unity with the Palestinians.

Kakar underscored Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel’s actions, which have resulted in significant casualties, particularly among women and children. The conflict in Gaza has persisted for over 12 weeks, prompting global concerns about the dire humanitarian situation.

Highlighting the catastrophic impact of the war, the World Health Organisation’s head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed deep concern over severe injuries, acute hunger, and the risk of diseases in Gaza. In response, the Pakistani government has sent aid to Gaza and is coordinating with Egypt and Jordan for further assistance.

The decision to ban New Year’s celebrations in Pakistan, where such festivities are traditionally observed, is aimed at preventing the usual risks associated with celebratory activities, including incidents of firing and reckless driving leading to injuries and fatalities.

Notably, Sharjah, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates with official relations with Israel, has also joined in solidarity by banning New Year’s Eve fireworks. This collective stance seeks to convey sincere support for the people of Gaza during these challenging times, as expressed in a statement by Sharjah police on Facebook.

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