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Newsline: Pakistan Summons US Diplomat After Trump’s Tweet Stirs Outrage

A tweet by President Trump has Pakistan responding angrily to accusations that it has accepted billions of dollars in aid from the United States while failing to act against terrorist networks within its borders. Mr. Trump, in a tweet on Monday, accused Pakistan of deceit and lies and said that Pakistan gives “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.” “No more,” Mr. Trump warned. Later that day, Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, dismissed Mr. Trump’s Twitter outburst as having “no importance.” David Hale, the American ambassador, was summoned late Monday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, the capital, and a diplomatic protest was lodged, Pakistani officials said.

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Newsline: Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan

Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan who attended a pro-Palestinian rally alongside Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Emir Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a statement issued by its foreign ministry said. Palestinian Ambassador Walid Abu Ali on Friday shared the stage with the JuD chief at the Tuhaffaz-i-Baitul Muqaddas Conference in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, organised by the Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC). Saeed, who was last month set free from a 300-day-long house arrest, has been repeatedly accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1379781

Newsline: Pakistan Embassy in Norway left behind thousands of passports

After years of reported quarrels with its landlord, the Embassy of Pakistan in Norway has moved out of the stately old home it leased in Oslo’s fashionable Frogner district for the past 25 years. The embassy reportedly left behind thousands of passports, visa applications and other documents along with trash and alleged damage to the house, and is now accused of misusing its diplomatic immunity. Pakistan’s ambassador flatly denies the claims. Years of quarreling over rental rates and maintenance, however, ultimately landed in court, where the embassy was ordered to pay nearly NOK 300,000 in unpaid rental charges. Caught in the middle is Norway’s foreign ministry, which doesn’t want to get involved in the dispute between landlord and tenant. Ministry spokesperson Guri Solberg told Aftenposten that state- and diplomatic immunity “limits Norwegian authorities’ ability to enforce demands made of foreign diplomatic representation in Norway.” She said the ministry can only “have meetings with embassies and remind them of their duty to follow their own diplomatic obligations,” including Article 41 of the Vienna Convention that foreign embassies and diplomatics are obligated to follow local laws (including court verdicts) even though they enjoy immunity.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/11/27/embassy-awash-in-diplomatic-debris/

Newsline: North Korean embassy in Pakistan ‘hid £114000 stash of bootleg alcohol’

Burglars in Pakistan stumbled upon a secret stash of more than £114,000 worth of black market alcohol after breaking into a North Korean diplomat’s home in Islamabad, it has emerged. Neighbours told Reuters news agency that a group of men kicked down the door of Hyon Ki Yong’s house and spent spent three hours removing thousands of bottles of Scotch whiskey, beer and French wine. They also ran off with 200 cases of wine, 60 cartons of beer, dozens of bottles of tequila, two diamonds and $3,000 (£2,200) in cash. Investigators in Pakistan, who have since recovered much of the stash, said the three robbers were police officers and have issued arrest warrants for them and for a member of a well-known bootlegging family. They have also arrested Mr Hyon’s housekeeper.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/09/north-korean-embassy-pakistan-hid-140000-stash-bootleg-alcohol/

Newsline: Pakistani diplomat shot in Afghanistan

A Pakistani diplomatic official was shot by unknown gunmen near his residence in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. Pakistan Foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal issued a statement saying the Afghan charge d‘affaires in Islamabad had been summoned to protest the incident which consular officials said occurred in front of a staff guesthouse. He condemned the killing and demanded increased security for Pakistani diplomatic staff from Afghan authorities. Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been going through a stormy period with tensions over the latest U.S. strategic plan for the region and disputes over the Torkham border crossing, which Pakistan has closed periodically. Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal condemned the killing in a message on Twitter and said he had conveyed his government’s sympathies to the ministry of foreign affairs in Islamabad.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-pakistan-diplomat/pakistani-diplomat-shot-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1D62CN

Newsline: China fears envoy in Pakistan might be attacked, requests more security

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan has requested more security for its ambassador in the wake of information that he is likely to be attacked. Quoting sources, Express News reported that in a letter written to the interior ministry, the Chinese embassy has said that a terrorist had entered the country to attack Yao Jing. The embassy has requested the government to take immediate action on the intelligence information, and provide security to the ambassador.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1537736/1-chinese-embassy-says-envoy-may-attacked-requests-security/

Newsline: Pakistan summons Indian diplomat

Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to the Foreign Office to protest against the Indian forces’ recent ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violations of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Chirikot Sector. The firing incident that took place on September 2 resulted in the death of an 8-year-old girl, Momina, at village Polas. On that day, Indian forces also targeted Kakuta and Nullah villages along the LoC. The Foreign Office said the deliberate targeting of civilians was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws. “Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,” added an FO statement issued on Monday.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1498057/pakistan-summons-indian-diplomat/