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Pakistan Bans New Year Celebrations to Express Solidarity with Palestinians

Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, has announced a ban on all New Year celebrations in the country in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

In a televised address to the nation, Kakar said that the decision was made to express the country’s grief and solidarity with the Palestinians, who have been suffering from Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since October 7.

“The entire Pakistani nation and the Muslim world are deeply saddened by the massacre of innocent Palestinian people, especially children, and the genocide of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank,” Kakar said.

He called on the international community to take action to stop the violence in Gaza and to protect the Palestinian people.

Kakar also said that Pakistan has been raising its voice at international forums to stop the bloodshed in Gaza and to defend the Palestinians.

The ban on New Year celebrations is a rare move for Pakistan, which is a predominantly Muslim country. However, it is a reflection of the strong public support for the Palestinian cause in Pakistan.

The ban has been met with mixed reactions in Pakistan. Some people have praised the government for taking a stand in support of the Palestinians, while others have criticized the decision, saying that it is an infringement on people’s freedom to celebrate.

The ban is expected to have a significant impact on the New Year celebrations in Pakistan. Many businesses and organizations have already announced that they will be canceling their New Year events.