Dec 072017

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

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Dec 062017
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 [Read More…]

Nov 302017
Mattis to Pressure Pakistan ‘One More Time’ on Militant Groups

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is expected to pressure Pakistan to end its alleged ties to militant groups when he visits the country as part of a four-nation tour that began Friday.Terrorism also will be a main focus of the U.S. defense secretary’s stop in Egypt, which last week suffered what officials called the deadliest terror attack in the country’s modern history.Mattis’ trip, which will also include stops in Kuwait and Jordan, comes as the U.S. military shifts its focus in the Middle East, after having largely driven out the Islamic State militant group from its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.Another major priority is Afghanistan, where U.S. generals acknowledge the NATO coalition remains in a stalemate with Taliban insurgents after 16 years of war.Thousands more U.S. troops are headed to Afghanistan, along with an increase in U.S. airpower, as part of a new White House strategy announced in August.The plan also involves enlisting the help of neighboring Pakistan, which the United States has long accused of providing safe haven to the Afghan Taliban.‘One more time’Pakistan denies sheltering the militants, and the issue has served as a major irritant to bilateral ties.In October, Mattis said the United States would try “one more time” to work with Islamabad before taking “whatever steps are necessary” to address its alleged support for the militants.U.S. officials have said Pakistan has not changed its behavior since President Donald Trump in August called out Pakistan for continuing to “harbor criminals and terrorists.”In response, the Trump administration is [Read More…]

Nov 282017
Pakistani Military’s Mediation to End Protest Raises Questions About Political Interference

The Pakistan army’s mediation role in ending a disruptive and deadly 20-day protest in the capital has sparked allegations that the powerful military is again going beyond its limits at a time of tense relations with the country’s civilian government.Supporters of the small Tehreek-i-Labaik party had been camped out for the last three weeks, demanding the resignation of a law minister over an omitted reference in a parliamentary bill that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam.The minister, Zahid Hamid, apologized for the omission, saying it was a clerical error that was later corrected.Some say the deal Pakistan’s government struck with the Islamist group Monday to end the protest represented a complete capitulation to all of the protesters’ demands � including the resignation of Hamid � and then some. The protest leader claimed the army had yielded on issues that hadn’t even been on the list of demands.Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal justified the deal in a tweet, saying it was not desirable but there was little choice because if situation had persisted another 24 hours there would be riots.Court and media criticismDuring a hearing on the case Monday, a top judge of the Islamabad High Court, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique, lashed out at the government and the army for not playing their constitutional roles and said the civil administration had been stabbed in the back.How long is the state going to bear all this? Siddique asked. “Who is the army to adopt a mediator’s role?”Government officials said they were [Read More…]

Nov 272017
UN: About 11 Percent of Drugs in Poor Countries Are Fake

LONDON � About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.It’s the first attempt by the U.N. health agency to assess the problem. Experts reviewed 100 studies involving more than 48,000 medicines. Drugs for treating malaria and bacterial infections accounted for nearly 65 percent of fake medicines.WHO’s director-general said the problem mostly affects poor countries. Between 72,000 and 169,000 children may be dying from pneumonia every year after receiving bad drugs. Counterfeit medications might be responsible for an additional 116,000 deaths from malaria mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists at the University of Edinburgh and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine commissioned by the WHO.“Imagine a mother who gives up food or other basic needs to pay for her child’s treatment, unaware that the medicines are substandard or falsified, and then that treatment causes her child to die,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”Counterfeit drugs include products that have not been approved by regulators, fail to meet quality standards or deliberately misrepresent an ingredient, according to WHO, which published the two reports.In 2013, WHO set up a voluntary global monitoring system for substandard and fake drugs and has received reports of about 1,500 problematic medicines including drugs that claim to treat heart problems, diabetes, fertility problems, mental health issues and cancer. WHO also reported problems [Read More…]

Nov 262017
Railways operation affected by ongoing protests

The ongoing protests in different parts of the country have affected Railways operation partially.This was stated by Pakistan Railways spokesperson Ms. Quratul Ain while talking to Radio Pakistan Lahore on Sunday.She said Karachi to Sahiwal and Lahore section is open while sections, including from Lahore to Sheikhupura, Sheikhupura to Faisalabad, Sheikhupura to Jaranwala, and Lahore to Lala Musa have been closed.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 242017
Commander Southern Command visits Sui, Dera Bugti

Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa visited Sui and Dera Bugti and shared initiatives regarding socio-economic development in the areas with local notables.According to ISPR, he was also briefed in detail about security and stability environment.The local notables acknowledged contributions of the security forces towards progress and stability in their areas.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 202017
Govt believes in public service: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that PML-N government is implementing a comprehensive program to solve various issues being faced by the country.In a statement, he said that due to the government’s sincere efforts, the grave challenges like power crisis and terrorism have been overcome.Chief Minister said government believes in public service and country is moving forward in a right direction.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Nov 192017
Truck and Minibus Collide Head-on in Pakistan, Killing 20

ISLAMABAD A head-on collision between a mini-bus and a truck in southern Pakistan on Monday killed at least 20 people and left three others injured, police said.Police officer Rab Nawaz said the fully loaded truck crashed into the passenger van on a cross-country highway near the town of Khairpur, about 1,040 kilometers (650 miles) south of the capital, Islamabad. Police initially said 17 were killed but three of the injured later died at hospital.Nawaz said the other injured were also in critical condition and that the death toll could increase further. The police said the passengers included women and children. Both drivers were killed.The initial investigation showed that speeding amid poor visibility in the morning fog had caused the tragedy, Nawaz added. He said the recovery of the victims’ bodies was made difficult as the heavy truck had overturned after the collision, landing on top of the mini-bus.Road accidents are common in Pakistan because of poor road conditions and disregard for safety standards and traffic rules by drivers.Source: Voice of America Click for detailed story

Nov 182017
Federal govt to complete all development projects in Sindh: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the federal government will complete all the ongoing development projects in Sindh.He was talking to Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Sunday.They discussed law and order situation and development projects in the province.The Prime Minister said after improvement in security situation the government is focusing on development projects, and the federal government will continue its support for the development of the province.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

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