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Archive for September 16, 2019

Newsline: Pakistan summons Afghan, Indian diplomats

Pakistan has summoned diplomats from Afghanistan and India after several shooting incidents along two different borders killed four Pakistani soldiers and a civilian woman. Accusations of firing by both sides across the Afghan-Pakistani border, and by both Indian and Pakistani forces across an old ceasefire line dividing their areas in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir are common. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-afghanistan-india/pakistan-summons-afghan-indian-diplomats-after-soldiers-civilian-killed-idUSKBN1W004J) The latest incidents come at an especially tense time between Pakistan and India, and as talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban have broken down. Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned an Afghan diplomat to account for what it said was firing into Pakistan by militants in Afghanistan, a spokesman for Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The militants shot and killed a Pakistani soldier on patrol in one incident late on Friday. In a second incident, Pakistani forces fencing a section of the border were attacked and three were killed, the ministry said on Saturday. Both incidents occurred in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Newsline: EU condemns ‘deplorable’ vandalism at embassy in Israel

The EU condemned as “deplorable” messages spray-painted in its embassy in Israel on Sunday, for which a right-wing, anti-immigration activist has claimed responsibility. A photo posted by Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret on Twitter shows one message spray-painted in red says “German money kill Jews,” while another says “EU get out.” Giaufret called the attack “deplorable” and “threatening.” (https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-condemns-deplorable-vandalism-at-israeli-embassy/) A far-right, anti-asylum seeker activist, Sheffi Paz, claimed responsibility and turned herself in to police, according to Haaretz. A video shared by Israeli journalists on Twitter shows Paz spray-painting one of the messages while another woman tapes a sign on the wall saying “STOP PAYING THE KILLERS OF OUR CHILDREN.” Paz also reads from a statement in the video, saying “stop subsidizing terrorists, stop financing illegal immigration or get out of Israel.” Israel is in full campaign mode ahead of a legislative election on Tuesday. Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the right-wing alliance Yamina, had previously announced a deal with Paz, agreeing to push for tougher legislation on migration, according to Haaretz. Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, announced in a tweet that the country’s police force is investigating the vandalism. “I am appalled by and condemn the disgraceful vandalism of the EU Mission in Israel. Israel is committed to maintaining the security of all diplomatic missions,” Katz wrote.