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US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

STATE DEPARTMENT The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the United Nations, American diplomats are preparing for a meeting Friday called by eight of the 15 Security Council members, including close U.S. allies Britain, Italy and France.

Reaction around the world has been almost universally critical of the decision, which marks a break from decades of U.S. policy.

France, Germany, Italy and Britain have all sharply criticized the decision, saying the status of Jerusalem should be negotiated within the framework of the final stages of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have been suspended for the past three years.

In Vienna on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the president’s announcement, saying recognizing Jerusalem is simply a recognition of reality.

“The reality is Israel’s government, its courts, its prime minister’s office is all in Jerusalem today, so it is just an acknowledgment of what is the reality on the ground,” he said.

Critics say that even though Israel’s government treats the city as the country’s capital, the U.S. decision to recognize it preempts peace talks for the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians want an independent country with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Tillerson said the U.S. designation should not affect those negotiations.

“We think that the final status of Jerusalem should be a result of direct negotiations between two parties there, and I think we should do anything possible to avoid further escalation in the region,” he said.

Tillerson sought to reassure those opposed to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem that there would be no hasty action.

“As to the move of the embassy, the president has directed me and the State Department to undertake the process to begin an effort to move the embassy,” he said. “We are not going to be doing that quickly. We have to acquire a site. We have to develop building plans. We’ll have to construct the building. So this is not something that will happen overnight.”

Violence, protests

Violent clashes erupted Thursday in the West Bank and Gaza between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops and street protests.

Fearing more violent protests, the State Department took the unusual step of updating a worldwide caution to U.S. citizens abroad:

“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.”

The caution said U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert, and warned they may temporarily close or suspend public services. The U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, has temporarily suspended routine public services.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman has temporarily suspended routine public services. U.S. government personnel and their family members in Jordan are limiting public movements, including an instruction for children not to attend school on December 7, 2017.

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U.S. embassies in countries across the world issued similar security warnings.

Source: Voice of America

Govt taking steps for welfare of general public: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the present government has taken practical steps for the welfare of general public instead of raising hallow slogans.

He said this while talking to elected representative in Lahore on Friday.

He said our mega projects are the proof of development in the country.

Shahbaz Sharif said that journey of progress and prosperity of the country will continue despite sit-ins and negative politics.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt believes in progress and prosperity of all parts of province on equal footing: Governor Balochistan

Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai says the present government believes in progress and prosperity of all parts of the province on equal footing.

Talking to a delegation led by MPA Arfa Siddiq in Quetta on Tuesday the Governor said the government is taking special measures for provision of education, health and clean drinking water facilities to the people.

Source: Radio Pakistan

20 killed in road accident near Khairpur

At least 20 people were killed and two injured in a road accident near Khairpur on Monday morning.

The accident took place when a truck fell on a passenger van near Shah Hussain bypass.

The injured were shifted to Khairpur hospital.

Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the traffic accident.

He also commiserated with the bereaved families and directed to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Country’s economy thriving due to prudent economic policies of govt: CM Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says economy of the country is thriving due to prudent economic policies of the government.

In a statement in Lahore on Saturday, he said international monitory institutions have also acknowledged the economic boom of Pakistan.

He said the elements that do the politics of sit-ins are wasting the precious time of the nation and hampering the national development.

Source: Radio Pakistan

EXPANSIONIST DESIGNS OF INDIA GREAT THREAT TO PEACE IN REGION: AJK PM

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that expansionist designs of India are great threat to the peace in the region.

In a statement in Muzaffarabad on Friday, he said India has turned Line of Control into a no go area for civilian population.

The AJK Prime Minister urged the international human rights organizations to take serious notice of the Indian ceasefire violation at Line of Control in which civilian population are being targeted on daily basis.

He said India wants to push civilian population back from Line of Control but they will never succeed in its evil designs.

The AJK Prime Minister has directed all the relevant departments to provide health and other facilities to the people living on Line of Control.

He said the compensation for the martyrs of LoC and injured have already been enhanced. The victims would also be compensated for their damaged properties.

Source: Radio Pakistan