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NSC urges US to take back its decision on Jerusalem

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the United States to take back its decision on Jerusalem.

“Trump’s one-sided decisions are not acceptable by Pakistan,” the committee declared in a session chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“It is the US administration’s responsibility to take steps to find a fair solution to the Jerusalem conflict.”

The committee agreed that the entire Muslim Ummah has reservations on the US government’s Jerusalem decision.

The United States was further isolated today (Monday) over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favour of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

The draft also affirmed, “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

The committee condemned a recent attack on Bethel Memorial Church in Quetta that left nine dead and 50 injured.

The NSC declared that the attack was ‘against the Islamic teachings of tolerance and peace.’