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Anti-India rallies held across AJK

In connection with International Human Rights Day, anti-India demonstrations and rallies were held across AJK like other parts of the country.

A sit-in and rally arranged by International Forum for Justice and Pasban-e-Hurriayat was taken out in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.

The rally from Central Press Club to Gharipun Chowk was aimed to draw the attention of the world community towards Indian state terrorism and grass human rights violations in Inidan Occupied Kashmir.

Participants of the rally, having ply cards and banners in their hands chanted high pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

The speakers in the rally appealed International Organizations to play an effective role in resolving the long-standing Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and stop genocide of Kashmiris.

They vowed to continue political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren for their just right to self-determination.

Similar demonstrations were held in Neelum, Jehlum, Bagh, Poonch, Rawlakot and other districts of AJK.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza as Protests Around the World Continue Against Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

WHITE HOUSE Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from Gaza killed two men Saturday, in the latest fallout from the announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move its Israeli embassy there.

Hamas said two of its gunmen were killed in the strikes.

An Israeli army statement said the target of the strikes were “two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound.”

Large crowds of protesters across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches Friday after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with protests in Gaza leading to the death of one Palestinian man.

The Palestinian, Mahmoud al-Masri, 30, was killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border after Palestinians called for a Day of Rage to protest the U.S. action. The Israeli military confirmed that it shot two people in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, accusing them of being “main instigators” of “violent riots.”

Israeli warplanes also struck Hamas military targets in Gaza Friday in response to a rocket fired from the area. The Palestinian health ministry said at least 15 people were injured in the strikes.

Demonstrations also took place Friday in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

The Arab League, comprised of nearly two dozen countries, will meet Saturday in an effort to create a joint position on the matter. Some of the United States’ oldest allies turned their backs on Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday.

It contradicts international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions, Swedish Ambassador Oloof Skoog told the council. Jerusalem is a final status issue and can therefore only be resolved through negotiations agreed between the parties.

Elsewhere, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing, “The status of Jerusalem should be determined through dialog and negotiation. . . The two-state solution remains the feasible way to fundamentally settle the Palestinian issue.”

Trump’s announcement defies decades of diplomacy in the quest to bring peace to Israel. Jerusalem has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the quest and it was widely believed that a solution would be hammered out in the peace process negotiations.

The White House has denied that the president’s announcement on moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem means his administration is pulling out of the Middle East peace process.

Palestinian officials say Trump’s decision has disqualified the U.S. as an honest broker in the peace process.

No other country has immediately followed Trump’s lead in planning to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something the White House has acknowledged.

Trump, on Wednesday, said he was directing the State Department to immediately begin drawing up architectural plans for a U.S. embassy in the holy city. But the actual relocation of the U.S. embassy, however, would take years, according to White House officials.

Source: Voice of America

Jerusalem issue must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties: UN chief

New York – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.

In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B, said Guterres, speaking to the press at UN headquarters in New York.

In his remarks, the UN chief noted that it is only by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.

I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. It has been so for centuries and it will always be, he added.

He also noted that since he took up his post as UN Secretary General, he has consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

For my part as the UN Secretary General, I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people, he stated.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

US State Department Issues Worldwide Caution for US Travelers

The U.S. State Department has issued a “worldwide caution” warning after President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy there.

“U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert,” the warning reads. “These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.”

The warning went on to urge American citizens to be aware of local developments and remain in contact with U.S. embassies or consulates.

As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling, it reads. In addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, and criminal activities when traveling.”

The State Department listed “soft targets” that may be subject to terrorist attacks, including high-profile events, hotels, places of worship, schools, parks, shopping malls, airports, and airplanes.

Countries that have specific advisories of importance include Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, North Korea, Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Matt Lee, a diplomatic reporter for the Associated Press, noted on Twitter that such a warning was last issued in 2003 after the start of the Iraq War when the State Department believed an attack against U.S. citizens by al-Qaida was imminent.

Source: Voice of America

NATO: Upgrading Afghan Army Base, Not Building New One

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan has denied reports that construction material and equipment being imported and transported through neighboring Pakistan are being used to establish a new army base in the conflict-hit country.

The English-language Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported Wednesday, citing official documents it claimed to have seen, that the imports are being used to construct a military facility by the name of Camp Shaheen.

Recently, a vessel loaded with a huge quantity of construction material and allied equipment arrived at Karachi port. As per its import general manifestation, the imports were made by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Services, the report said.

The imported material reportedly included a power generator of 22 megawatts, and a large quantity of cold- and hot-rolled steel sheets. Other equipment, such as plastic injection molding machines with standard accessories, also were supplied from different world ports.

Camp is used for training

But U.S. Army Captain Tom Gresback, the public affairs director at NATO mission headquarters in Kabul said, Camp Shaheen is not a new camp, and it has been used as an ANDSF (Afghan National Defense Security Forces) training facility for many years.

He told VOA the United States routinely works alongside local and international contractors who support sustainment and construction projects throughout Afghanistan.

In the case of Camp Shaheen, there is an ongoing plan to save costs and reduce pollution by moving the base away from generated power to a grid power system, the spokesman explained.

The United States and allied forces mostly rely on ground and air lines of communications through Pakistan for transporting supplies to about 13,000 foreign soldiers in landlocked Afghanistan. The numbers are expected to increase to more than 16,000 in the wake of pledges to implement a U.S. and NATO troop surge following President Donald Trump’s new Afghan strategy, which was announced in August.

Camp Shaheen is located in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif and serves as the headquarters for the Afghan army’s 209th Corps. In April, the facility was the scene of the deadliest attack the Taliban have conducted on an Afghan military base during the past 16 years.

Attacks on Camp Shaheen

At least 10 heavily armed insurgents, wearing uniforms and driving military vehicles, stormed Camp Shaheen, killing about 150 soldiers,although local media put the death toll at more than 250. At least 160 other soldiers were injured.

Two months later in June, seven American soldiers were shot and wounded by an Afghan commando during a training session at the same base.

Officially referred to as insider or so-called green-on-blue attacks have posed serious problems for the NATO-led coalition that is made up mostly of U.S. soldiers. Taliban infiltrators or sympathizers have carried out such attacks that have claimed dozens of lives of American army officers.

Source: Voice of America

Jhagra lauds Pakistan Scouts’ services

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says Pakistan Scouts have always rendered innumerable services in natural calamities and proved its worth in every hour of need in the country.

Presiding over a meeting of the Boy Scouts Council in Peshawar on Tuesday, he said the Scouts prepare youth to become best citizens and perform a leading role in the future of the nation.

Iqbal Zafar Jhagra appreciated the role of Boy Scouts Association for wellbeing of the humanity.

He stressed that concrete steps would be taken to overcome the shortage of Scouts budget. The meeting approved budget of the council for the fiscal year 2017-18.

Source: Radio Pakistan