Pakistani cleric welcomes 'Jerusalem Summit' decision on Palestine

Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, speaks during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: All Pakistan Ulema Council)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Pakistani cleric welcomes 'Jerusalem Summit' decision on Palestine

  • Tahir Ashrafi condemns Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia
  • “We totally support the king's pronouncement and the rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,” the head of the Council told Arab News

ISLAMABAD: Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, welcomed the call of King Salman’s call that emphasized the need to have East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.
“We totally support the king's pronouncement and the rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,” the head of the Council told Arab News.
He added that the Arab League’s Jerusalem summit which stressed the importance of ongoing efforts to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital was an affirmative step.
The Arab League's 29th Summit in Saudi Arabia stressed the need for a two-state solution and condemned US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
“The Kingdom’s ruler has truly interpreted the emotions and feelings of the Muslim Ummah on Palestine,” Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said and added: “The government of Saudi Arabia and the people of the Kingdom have always been the voice of the Muslims of the world.”
Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said that Arab leaders had condemned the Yemeni Houthi militia's missile attacks on the Kingdom and said that  “Iran and its followers should stop interference in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.”
“Arab and Islamic countries fully support King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Tahir Ashrafi added.


Three people killed in Maryland shooting

Updated 14 min 40 sec ago
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Three people killed in Maryland shooting

  • Spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support

ABERDEEN, Maryland: Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an “active shooter situation.”
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves “multiple victims.” They warn that the situation is still fluid and ask people to avoid the area.
The FBI’s Baltimore field office tweets that it is responding and assisting the sheriff’s office with an active shooter situation. The Baltimore field division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweets that its special agents are responding too.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

Authorities say three people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an ‘active shooter situation.’ (AP Photo)

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that three people have been killed in the shooting. The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn’t authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. The official stressed that the number is based on preliminary information.
Henderson says authorities are at the scene and the company is cooperating with the investigation.
She says the company has no further information to share.