Pakistan scholars condemn UN report on armed conflict in Yemen

Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 08 October 2017
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Pakistan scholars condemn UN report on armed conflict in Yemen

ISLAMABAD: Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council (council of Islamic clerics and scholars), condemned the UN annual report on the armed conflict in Yemen, terming it as “misleading and lacking credibility.”
Ashrafi clarified in a statement released today by the council in Lahore that the information and statistics contained in the UN report are inaccurate and that the report not only disregarded the role played by the Arab coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen, but also disregarded information presented by the legitimate government of Yemen.
“Apparently, the report has relied on a one-sided source — the Houthi militants — turning a blind eye to the disasters they caused, killing hundreds of children and displacing hundreds of families,” said Ashrafi.
He expressed serious reservations, indicating that such a report aims to promote terrorist organizations in Yemen, increase the obstacles facing the Yemeni people, and increase the threats to the Kingdom, and thus to the Islamic nation.
Speaking to Arab News, Farid Paracha, deputy chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s largest religious party also slammed the UN report calling it “baseless documentation.” He supported the statement of Ashrafi and said UN’s one-angle approach is not objective and the full report should be made public for scrutiny.
“It’s highly irresponsible of the UN to have a subjective approach on a fact-finding mission and blacklist the Saudi-led coalition without merit, basing its decision without taking all viewpoints in perspective.”
“Atrocities are committed in several countries which UN observes but lacks the courage to intervene to resolve situations, but is quick to pass judgment and blacklist a coalition that supports peace initiatives.”


Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

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Saudi ambassador to US: Establishing peace is one of the pillars of Kingdom’s foreign policy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said the signing of the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is part of the kingdom’s foreign policy in establishing peace and stability.

“The Kingdom has always been the cornerstone of peace in the region and the world, and has spared no effort in many countries, foremost among them Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and many others,” the ambassador said.

“As some countries begin to cultivate sectarian divisions, the kingdom seeks to resolve their disputes,” he added.

He expressed his thanks to the UAE in their efforts in the signing of the peace deal between the two countries.

The ambassador pointed out that the security of the Red Sea, especially the Bab Al Mandab Strait and the Horn of Africa, is one of the Kingdom’s security concerns, regionally and globally.

The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s continued efforts to preserve security in this region from external threats, including Iranian-backed militias as well as piracy.