Islamabad, Oct 16 (EFE).- Pakistan’s police have removed an officer from service for seeking permission to fight in Palestine alongside Hamas against the Israeli forces in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, a senior police official said Monday.
Fayyaz Janwari was relieved from service after he wrote a letter to Sindh police chief Riffat Mukhtar Raja last week.
Asad Raza, Deputy Inspector General for Karachi police (South zone) confirmed the development saying his services were no longer required to the department.
“He has been removed from office for lack of discretion over matters related to foreign relations of Pakistan,” Raza told EFE on Monday.
In his letter, the sacked police officer also rendered 10 percent of his salary to a non-profit organization for their Palestine relief operation.
According to the letter he sought permission from the Inspector General of Police to “participate and contribute physically in ongoing Jihad declared by Hamas against Israel.”
In response, an official letter was issued on Friday relieving Janwari from his service. But no reason was mentioned as to why he was being removed from his job.
Janwari was working as “Inspector Law” at the Investigation Department of Karachi’s South Zone police.
Pakistan has long supported the establishment of a viable, sovereign, and contiguous state of Palestine on the basis of pre-1967 borders, with Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by Israeli authorities against civilian population in Gaza and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Foreign Office Spokeswoman Mumtaz Baloch said on Thursday.
On Monday, interim prime minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said his country was “deeply concerned” about the ongoing violence and loss of life in Gaza.
“The breakout of violence needs to be seen in the context of years of forced and illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and repressive policies against its people,” Kakar wrote on X.
He appealed to the UN and international community to immediately act to open safe and unrestricted humanitarian corridors for transportation of urgently needed relief supplies to the “besieged” Gaza.
On the other hand, protests were held by religious groups across the country against the ongoing violence in Gaza and in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Hundreds of people took to streets mainly in the port city of Karachi as part of the protests called by religio-political party Jamaat-e-Islami. Protesters chanted slogans against Israel and in favor of a free Palestine. EFE