US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital violation of int’l law, UN Security Council resolutions: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi termed the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “a clear violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, and to relocate its Embassy to the Holy City, constitutes a clear violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478,” said the PM during his speech at the extraordinary summit of Organization Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urged the United States to rescind this decision, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions and recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution.

Abbasi maintained that the move is a blatant attempt to set in motion, steps to change the historic and lawful status of the Holy City.

“On behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I wish to reiterate our strong condemnation of this decision. Our Parliament, both the Senate and National Assembly, have unanimously echoed these sentiments. We all stand firmly behind the Palestinian people and their just struggle,” said Abbasi.

He said that Pakistan renews its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and the contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lamented that the world is witness to a similar pattern of tragedy, both in scope and scale for seventy years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been subjected to illegal Indian occupation and blatant violation of their fundamental rights including their right to self-determination.

“Here too, the UN Security Council resolutions continue to be defied and the just struggle for freedom conveniently branded as terrorism,” added PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

He concluded that a sovereign homeland for the Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital remains the only roadmap for Muslim Ummah and OIC.

‘The Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Istanbul, called on the United States of America to revoke its decision to recognize Al-Quds as capital of Israel, affirming its condemnation and rejection of this decision and the US President’s announcement to relocate the American embassy in the city.

In its Final Communiqué, the Summit held the US administration fully responsible for any repercussions of it refusing to disavow this unlawful decision, taking it as a clear desertion by the US administration of its role as peace broker.

The Summit also dismissed the decision as a gift to Israel for its continuous renouncement of agreements and blatant breach to international legitimacy.

The call was also for the OIC Member States to impose political and economic restrictions on States, officials, parliaments, companies and individuals recognizing Israeli annexation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, or engaging in any form with measures aimed at perpetuating Israeli colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories.

On the need to internationalize peace, the Communiqué called on international actors to promote a multilateral political process, to resume an internationally sponsored, credible process to achieve lasting peace based on the two-State solution.

Here is the full text of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speech:

Mr. Chairman,

Secretary-General,

Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies & Gentlemen,

Assalam-o-alaikum!

Pakistan expresses its sincere gratitude to President Erdogan and Turkey for convening this Extraordinary Summit on the Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

These are extraordinary times. The Rabat Summit of 1969 on the desecration of Al Aqsa mosque had instilled hope that the Muslim Ummah would join ranks and respond as one, to the injustices inflicted upon the Palestinian people and for all issues confronting the Muslim world.

We are at a watershed moment again. The question on every Muslim mind today would be whether we can rise above our differences, stand united and give hope to our peoples, or once again adopt declarations which cannot be translated into effective actions.

Mr. Chairman,

The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, and to relocate its Embassy to the Holy City, constitutes a clear violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478.

It is a blatant attempt to set in motion, steps to change the historic and lawful status of the Holy City.

On behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, I wish to reiterate our strong condemnation of this decision.

Our Parliament, both the Senate and National Assembly, have unanimously echoed these sentiments. We all stand firmly behind the Palestinian people and their just struggle.

Pakistan urges the United States to rescind this decision, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions and recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution.

Mr. Chairman,

Together with the OIC and the Islamic world, Pakistan has always demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their legitimate aspirations for a promised homeland. Pakistan is proud to have piloted resolutions in the UN Security Council as Chair of OIC including resolutions 476 and 478.

Pakistan renews its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Mr. Chairman,

As OIC, we need serious introspection and reflect on two key questions.

Firstly how have we come to this pass? The fact is that we have not given concrete shape to our expressions of solidarity and unity. This has been true not only for Palestine but for other common causes also.

The world is witness to a similar pattern of tragedy, both in scope and scale. For seventy years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been subjected to illegal Indian occupation and blatant violation of their fundamental rights including their right to self-determination. Here too, the UN Security Council resolutions continue to be defied and the just struggle for freedom conveniently branded as terrorism.

Moreover, another reason for the situation that we find ourselves in is that we are not writing enough, producing enough. Without rectifying our political, economic, communication and technological weaknesses we will be unable to mount a sustained defense of our brethren whether in Palestine or Kashmir.

It is this increasing disarray that has allowed the US to take this deeply troubling decision to shift its Embassy to Jerusalem.

The second key question is what should be our response? Should we accept this as fait accompli? We hope that a few demonstrations of rage will not dissipate in passive acceptance of the status quo.

Our response should be a clear expression and renewal of our solidarity and unity. We must also urgently overcome our political differences. We need a concerted programme and common collaborative action, building on our strengths. That will be the only guarantee to resist external pressure and reverse the losses and take our destinies in our own hands.

But in the immediate term what can be done? We would suggest consideration of a number of options.

Diplomatically, if the UN Security Council is unable to respond, we should garner support in the UN General Assembly. Secondly, follow up on OIC decisions for economic actions to change the behavior of the occupying forces. Thirdly, seek ICJ’s advisory opinion on the current move.

Mr. Chairman,

This Summit must unanimously reject the revisionist decision of the United States. Muslims all over the world must stand together to uphold justice, liberty and freedom. We must stand firmly behind all those in the international community that are trying to awaken global conscience.

A sovereign homeland for the Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital remains the only roadmap for Muslim Ummah and OIC.

The international community has the opportunity to uphold the principles of justice and the rule of law. Pakistan calls upon the United Nations Security Council to play its role as envisaged under the UN Charter. Its credibility will be questioned if it does not live up to its primary role in maintaining international peace and security.

I Thank You.

Fight for rights of Palestine, Kashmir: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif urges Muslim Ummah

ISLAMABAD:  Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Muslim Ummah should brush aside personal differences and work for one-point agenda for providing rights to Palestine and Kashmir.

In an interview, he said representatives of Muslim Ummah have expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine. He said Pakistan suggested that the matter of Palestine could be raised at the forum of General Assembly and Security Council.

FC foils major terror bid in Zhob

QUETTA: Frontier Corps Balochistan averted a major terrorism attempt through successful intelligence-based operation in Zhob.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), six improvised explosive devices planted on N-50 near Zhob were traced and neutralized.

Meanwhile, in Sui, FC troops apprehended an illegal arms dealer and recovered explosives, detonators, weapons, and ammunition from him.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) bans TV anchor from appearing on TV Listen

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday imposed a ban on a television host Amir Liaquat Hussain for two weeks till the next date of hearing and ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that no material from the anchor or on his behalf, connected to court order, be made viral on social media in any form.
 
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui banned the TV host till the next date of hearing while hearing a petition requesting the court that he be banned for lifetime on all media, including electronic media and social media.
 
During the hearing, Justice Siddiqui observed that a person is defiling moral values because certain powerful institutions were backing him. He issued decrees of kufr and declared persons liable to be killed, but no one questioned him. Who gave him the right to put allegations against everyone, including Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman? the IHC judge added.
 
Muhammad Abbas, through his counsel Shoaib Razzaq, approached the IHC seeking action against the host, appearing in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video, beeper, promo or advertisement in any electronic media.
 
Razzaq has prayed to the court to declare that the host has committed gross violation of Code of Conduct 2015, and Pemra Ordinance 2002. He has requested the court to declare that Amir used religion as a sword and shield at the same time to further his own gain at the cost of the safety and well-being of various individuals by conducting repeated hate speech amounting to incitement to violence due to which people have been killed while others receive death threats.
 
In his arguments, Razzaq said that the said anchor by crossing all limits of decency, morality, norms of decency and teachings of Quran and Sunnah has become a stinking symbol for Pakistan as he purposely raised such issues, which are not disputed in any manner but resulted into spreading hatred against the citizens and Muslims, in particular. He added that Amir while mocking, ridiculing and leveling serious allegations against people used religion as a weapon to harm them and a shield at the same time to protect himself. It is unfortunate that the noble profession of journalism is being destroyed every single day, by the indecent and unacceptable attitude of the said anchor, he stated.
 
Razzaq said that Amir has mastered hate speech and casting serious and life-threatening allegations on various individuals, declaring them“kafir” and “ghaddar” while endangering their lives by repeatedly declaring that various individuals have committed the heinous crime of blasphemy concerning Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Ahle-Bait.
 
He added that Amir is“mentally unfit and a liar” and uses social media for his unethical and illegal activities.
 
Following the arguments, Justice Siddiqui directed the respondents to submit a report and para-wise comments within a fortnight and issued a notice to Amir for his representation. The court also ordered that the PTA shall also ensure that no material from Amir or on his behalf, connected to court order, be made viral on social media in any form. In addition, Pemra and PTA have been directed to take immediate steps to implement the instant order.
 
Meanwhile, on the order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a directive to all the private satellite TV channels and all FM Radio broadcast stations prohibiting the appearance of Aamir Liaquat Hussain from all satellite TV channels and all FM radios, in any capacity.
 
Pemra licensees have been directed that Aamir Liaquat Hussain would not appear in any talk shows, news, current affairs programmes, shows, play, promos, audio/videos, beepers and advertisements with immediate effect till next date of hearing which is January 10, 2018. In case of any violation, Pemra shall proceed against the channel (s) or programme(s) under Pemra Ordinance 2002, to comply with the orders of the Islamabad High Court, says a Pemra statement issued here. The PTA has also issued directives to ban the anchor’s activities on social media.

Plea against Pemra chief: LHC again issues notices to Fed Govt, Pemra Listen

LAHORE: Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the Lahore High Court again issued notices Tuesday on a petition seeking action against Pemra Chairman Absar Alam for suspending transmission of all private news channels unlawfully during a police operation against participants of Islamabad sit-in.

The judge earlier had sought replies from the federal government and Pemra on a petition filed by Amina Malik of Civil Society Network but they were not submitted and the judge issued fresh notices to the respondents. Petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique said Pemra chairman had ordered to suspend the transmissions.

He asserted that this act of Absar Alam was sheer violation of Articles 19 and 19-A of the Constitution, which guarantee right to information. He said the role of the Pemra chairman has been partisan rather it totally failed to function independently as required by the law.

He submitted that Pemra cannot stop the channels from covering an event unless it amounts to defamation, contempt of court or hate speech. He said the appointment of Absar Alam as Pemra chief had also been challenged. He requested declaring order of the media regulatory authority’s chairman unlawful and order action against him.