Pakistan to launch diplomatic campaign against US decision on Jerusalem

Published: December 8, 2017
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Sources say govt starts contacting countries including China and Russia to put pressure on US to withdraw its decision. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Sources say govt starts contacting countries including China and Russia to put pressure on US to withdraw its decision. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: A day after President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Pakistan has decided to launch an international diplomatic campaign against the US decision.

The issue will also be raised on all international forums, including the United Nations.

According to sources privy to development, the government in Islamabad would convince the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to announce a joint and coordinated strategy in its forthcoming meeting in Turkey against the US ‘controversial’ decision and increase pressure on Trump to withdraw his decision.

They said that Pakistan will extend its full support to the OIC in case of a decision of Muslim Ummah limiting or suspending diplomatic or trade relations with the United States.

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Reliable sources in the federal capital said that top authorities, while devising a strategy to raise the issue on international forums, have reviewed effects of the decision on the Ummah and the world at large.

The Foreign Office has already started contacting important countries – including China, Russia, Britain and France – and briefed them about the serious reservations and apprehensions of the Muslim world on the issue.

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Sources also said Pakistan wants a coordinated strategy in the upcoming meeting of the UN Security Council. The UN should increase pressure on the Trump administration to withdraw the decision immediately, they added.

Pakistan is also contacting UN Secretary- General António Guterres and the Islamic countries.

Sources said the federal government will also consider the option in case the US does not review its decision, Pakistan can also reconsider its policy of relations or cooperation with the Trump administration in future.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Zahid
    Dec 8, 2017 - 8:43AM

    Did the Arabs do anything for Kashmir? Why have we to stand out like a sore thumb? Turkey is threatening shutting diplomatic ties now. We did that ages ago. What appreciation?Recommend

  • The Ravian
    Dec 8, 2017 - 11:08AM

    Well doneRecommend

  • Vectra
    Dec 8, 2017 - 11:23AM

    Pakistan launching diplomatic campaign against US !! Ok but will the Uncle listen ??
    Don’t know but your eastern giant India today became the 42nd member of Wassenaar Arrangement. In that sense out of 4 Export Control regime (Wassenar,NSG,MTCR,Australlian group) India has done 2 and its only a matter of time when NSG & Australlian Group will be done and then will come the crown jewel UNSC with VETO :)Recommend

  • Pekhawar Khan
    Dec 8, 2017 - 1:56PM

    Right move by Pakistan. We support it all the way.

    And the duude above with kashmir argument; dude, relax. Can’t compare Kashmir with Bait al Maqdas. It was your Qibla-e-Awal and a second holiest place in your religion. Recommend

  • jehangir rajkhan
    Dec 8, 2017 - 3:16PM

    @Zahid:
    The odd thing is that Turkey is threatening to break diplomatic ties with Israel, but no mention of doing the same with the US, the perpetrator ?!?Recommend

  • ran jyoti
    Dec 8, 2017 - 6:33PM

    US and Israel are planning something else in mid-east. To keep busy the hotheaded Muslim they have sparked this nonissue.Recommend

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