Pakistan-born Javed Qamr
, who advised on event coordination, said he was surprised "when the State Department reached out to me to help them with an event in Islamabad." Qamr
, past president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN DC), said he's since had frequent dealings with Department employees and credited the event's success to the Department's collaboration with the Pakistani-American diaspora.
There are numerous other attractions in the area, and simply driving around (car rentals are easily available if you haven't driven there) will take you past frankincense trees the region is renowned for, across winding roads carved into the steep mountainsides to nearby mountain peaks such as Jebel Qamr
, local fishing villages, and if it should interest you, to Islamic holy sites such as the tomb of the Prophet Hiob (Job).
Also, there have long been pockets of Mahra in the Zufar Qamr
and Qara mountains, mainly transhumant goat-herders but also some who have settled there.
Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian state news wire Wafa that Israeli soldiers manning the Tekoa checkpoint east of Bethlehem shot at a car approaching the checkpoint, then arrested 41-year-old Mohammed Ghanam and his 17-year-old son Qamr
. Both were from the village of Dura in Hebron governorate.Also on Saturday morning, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Amous shot at Palestinian shepherds near the village of Tuqu'.