The Statesman – Rahul shares ‘dal-sabzi’ meal with Punjab villagers

Chandigarh, 2 February 2017. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday shared a meal of ‘dal-subzi’ with villagers and interacted with them in Sangrur district, on the last day of campaigning for the Punjab Assembly polls.

Dressed in blue denims, white kurta and a half jacket, Gandhi sat on a wooden cot, flanked by the village headman and council members, and interacted with the residents of Baliyan village, 145 km from here.

He later shared a traditional meal with commoners and party leaders at the ‘Sanjha Chulha’ (common kitchen) put up by the villagers.

The Congress Vice President sat on the floor and was served the lentils and vegetables from steel buckets along with rotis (flat bread).

A number of village elders, women, youth, including girls, sat down to share the meal with Gandhi.

As the villagers highlighted the problems they were facing, Gandhi also took the opportunity to urge them to vote for the party to form the next government in the state saying the Congress cared for their needs and problems.

“Do not fall into the trap of parties which are allied with radical elements,” he said.

Campaigning in Punjab ends at 5 pm on Thursday. Polls for the 117 Assembly seats are scheduled for Saturday.

The main contest is among the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Advertisements – Pakistani Sikhs dissent over printing and cremation of Holy Scriptures

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Nankana Sahib, Panjab, Pakistan, 2 February 2017. Installation of electric furnace at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal) by Pakistan government for cremation of Holy Scriptures of Sri Guru Granth Sahib has drawn criticism of Pakistan based Sikh masses.

Sikhs residing in Pakistan have asserted that the installation of electric furnace for the cremation of Gurbani Scriptures was against Sikh tenets and they won’t allow the sacrilege of Holy Scriptures at any cost. As per an estimate, near about 15 Holy Scriptures of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Pakistan have aged and need to be cremated.

Simultaneously, common Sikhs masses in Pakistan have also objected over the installation of printing press by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) for the printing of Holy Scriptures.

While the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee and the Sikhs having proximity with ruling party are appreciating the ETPB’s initiative of installing printing press in Pakistan, at the same time common Sikh masses are expressing concern over the abiding of Sikh code of conduct during printing of Holy Scriptures.

“The PSGPC cannot even get a nod to take independent decision to hold religious functions at Gurdwaras here, how can they assure the sangat that it can uphold code of conduct during printing,” asked Mahinderpal Singh. “A big majority of our Gurdwaras are not even functional here, there’s no need to have a printing press,” he added.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board had earlier announced to install printing press in Pakistan to avoid sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at various travel check-ins while carrying the Holy Scriptures from India to Pakistan.

Sikhi Camp – Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara

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Human Right Without Frontiers International – Pakistan acquits 112 in case of torching Christian homes over blasphemy rumour

Reuters, 29 January 2017. A Pakistani court acquitted 112 suspects in the 2013 torching of hundreds of Christian homes in the eastern city of Lahore over a rumour that one of the residents there had blasphemed, a lawyer said on Sunday.

In March 2013, more than 125 homes in Lahore’s Joseph Colony were burned by a mob of more than 3,000 Muslims responding to rumours that a local Christian man, Sawan Masih, had made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad.

No one was killed in the incident but there was widespread damage to the property of the mostly destitute Christians living in the neighbourhood. Two churches and dozens of Bibles were also desecrated in the attack.

Defence lawyer Ghulam Murtaza Chaudhry said an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had acquitted 112 people accused of torching and ransacking hundreds of houses.

“They were acquitted by the court because of lack of evidences against them,” Murtaza told Reuters. “The state witnesses could not identify the accused and their statements were also contradictory.”

All 112 suspects were already out on bail.

A road sweeper in his late twenties, Sawan Masih told police after his arrest on blasphemy charges that the real reason for the blasphemy allegation was a property dispute between him and a friend who spread the rumour.

In Pakistan, conviction under the blasphemy laws can carry a mandatory death sentence.

Masih was sentenced to death in 2014, a decision he has appealed.

Critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws say they have long been used by individuals and religious groups to settle disputes.

This month, the Pakistani Senate’s human rights panel said it would debate how to prevent the country’s blasphemy laws being applied unfairly, the first time in decades that any parliamentary body had considered a formal proposal to stop the abuse of the blasphemy laws.

Many conservatives in Pakistan consider even criticising the laws as blasphemy, and in 2011 a Pakistani governor, Salman Taseer, was assassinated by his bodyguard after calling for reform of the laws.

His killer Mumtaz Qadri was hailed as a hero by religious hard-liners. Tens of thousands of supporters attended his funeral after he was executed last year and a shrine was built over his grave soon after his burial.

Hundreds of Pakistanis are on death row for blasphemy convictions.