The News – Regional peace to remain elusive till resolution of Kashmir dispute: PM Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, 5 February 2017. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of Pakistan and India will remain elusive unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“We urge India to stop bloodbath in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and allow the holding of free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The prime minister said Pakistan calls upon the international community to raise its voice in seeking an end to the gross violations of human rights and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir (loK) and fulfill the promises it made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir 70 years ago.

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute, he said, was the unfinished agenda of partition and remained one of the oldest disputes in the UN Security Council.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the systemic state terrorism and brutal killings of the innocent people of IoK by Indian occupation forces”.

“Use of pellet guns has permanently blinded more than 150 people including women and young children,” he said.

The prime minister said the basic human rights of the innocent people of IoK including the right to life and peaceful assembly had been grossly violated by the Indian occupation forces.

He pointed out that senior Hurriyat leadership had been arrested or placed under house detention and in the last few months around 12000 people had been illegally detained without any charges.

The prime minister said for the last seven decades India had denied the valiant people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir the right to self determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions.

“The people of Pakistan join their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in observing Kashmir Solidarity Day today to reaffirm our moral diplomatic and political support to their legitimate struggle for their basic human rights especially the right to self determination enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions”

Nawaz Sharif said the valiant resolute and determined people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir had rendered unmatched sacrifices in their just struggle.

“However, all the Indian brutalities have failed to deter the people of IoK from their cause for freedom from Indian subjugation,” the prime minister said.

He said the people of Pakistan and the international community had utmost respect for the people of Kashmir for their unparalleled courage, bravery and persistence in facing the worst kind of state terrorism human rights abuses violence and suppression by the Indian state.

“I salute the sacrifices of the brave and courageous Kashmiri people and reaffirm our firm commitment to Pakistan’s principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/184184-Regional-peace-to-remain-elusive-till-resolution-of-Kashmir-dispute-PM-Nawaz

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Sikh24.com – SGPC Directed to Provide List of Akali Leaders Who Visited Dera Sacha Sauda

Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar Sahib, Panjab, 7 February 2017. SGPC has been asked by Giani Gurbachan Singh to investigate the visit by several Akali politicians to Dera Sacha Sauda.

In direct confrontation of Sri Akal Takht Sahib’s edict issued in 2007 against Dera Sacha Sauda, senior members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) visited the dera on January 26 to seek its blessings and votes.

Dera Sacha Sauda, based out of Sirsa, Haryana, is an anti-Sikh cult whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim is facing charges of rape and murder, and is currently undergoing investigations by the CBI.

In a written correspondence to the SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar, Giani Gurbachan Singh (the SGPC appointed Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib) asked for a complete list of Akali leaders who visited the notorious dera. The written letter asks SGPC President to provide a full investigation report of the matter.

Sikh24 shared pictures of Akali leaders, including Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Sikander Singh Maluka, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Dilraj Singh Bhunder, Amit Ratan and Harpeet Singh at the birth anniversary of Sirsa Cult’s former chief Shah Satnam on January 26.

Giani Gurbachan Singh stated that the 2007 hukamnama was still intact and any Sikh leader who visited the dera must face religious punishment.

SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar could be not be reached for comment as he is currently taking time off due to his brother’s passing away.

Professor Badungar’s younger brother S Amrik Singh passed away on February 2. Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh refused to comment on Sacha Sauda issue. “Prof. Badungar is currently away as the family has faced a severe loss with demise of S Amrik Singh. We will probe into the incident very soon.”

Meanwhile, SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh said that the Shiromani Akali Dal has totally lost its character. During a TV interview, he said that the Shiromani Akali Dal has challenged the Akal Takht Sahib by refusing to follow the edict against Sirsa based cult.

Giani Gurmukh Singh said that Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has cleverly played a card to place Shiromani Akali Dal in front of outraged Sikh masses. He claimed that by violating the sacred Hukamnama, the executives of Shiromani Akali Dal have depicted their lust for power and unfortunately they are also going to lose their Sikh vote bank.

On being asked whether he will resign from his post, Giani Gurmukh Singh said that he currently doesn’t have any plan to quit from his post but if the Sikh Panth would ask him to resign then he would abide by its wishes.

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/02/07/sgpc-directed-to-provide-list-of-akali-leaders-who-visited-dera-sacha-sauda/#.WJl_uX_RHY8

Gentbrugge – Dampoort – Koningin Elisabetlaan

Gentbrugge Dienstencentrum
07 January 2016

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Terminus of Tram 22 to Kouter via Sint-Pieters
I took bus 3 to Dampoort

Gent Dampoort
07 January 2016

After my meeting at the Islamitische Faculteit
I went from Dampoort via Sint-Pieters to Leuven

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Gent-Dampoort – Diesel train to Eeklo

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Gent-Dampoort

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Gent-Dampoort – Diesel train to Eeklo

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EMU to Poperinge and Lille Flandres (France)
The train will be split in Kortrijk,
part of it continues to Lille / Rijssel,
part of it continues to Ieper and Poperinge

Gent Koningin Elisabetlaan
08 January 2016

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Gent – Elisabethlaan/Van Monckhovenstraat
Tram 1, 21 and 22 all via Korenmarkt

To see all my pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12445197@N05/

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Times of India – PSGPC general secretary staged anti-India demonstration at Nankana Sahib

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar, 5 February 2017. Many Sikhs in Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh’s first master Guru Nanak Dev, led by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) General Secretary Gopal Singh Chawla held an anti-India demonstration on Sunday.

Chawla, during the anti-India protest which was attended by members of several Islamist militant groups, spewed venom against India and sang hosannas’ in favour of militants carrying out disruptive activities in Jammu & Kashmir.

Intelligence sources told TOI on Sunday that Gopal Singh Chawla who is known to have close relations with terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed, currently under house arrest, took out an anti-India procession and also addressed a gathering assuring Pakistan’s Sikh’s support to militants operating in J&K. He also showed disrespect to Indian national flag.

Notably, every year on February 5th Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed in Pakistan both by Pakistan government and militant organisations spearheading a militant movement in the valley.

According to a video clip in possession with TOI Chawla praised Hafiz Saeed and termed him his ‘Jarnail’ who was fighting for the people of Kashmir.

Intelligence sources who are keeping a watch on the movement of Chawla, being as General Secretary of PSGPC, informed that he (Chawla) was involved in anti-India movement and had close links with Mumbai terror blast Hafiz Saeed.

Sources informed that they apprehend that Chawla could initiate recruitment of Sikh youth from both India and Pakistan for Saeeds’ Jammat Ud Dawa which was now been re-branded as Tehreek Azadi Jammu & Kashmir for militant operations in Valley.

Sources further informed that Pakistan’s ISI had been looking for soft targets among Sikh’s during their pilgrimage to Pakistan on various religious occasions.

“We have already warned about the activities of Chawla who is using a religious platform to implement Saeed’s anti-India plans’ said sources adding that they apprehend Chawla’s attempt to lure gullible Sikhs during upcoming Sikh pilgrims visit Pakistan on the occasion of Baisakhi.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/psgpc-general-secretary-staged-anti-india-demonstration-at-nankana-sahib/articleshow/56986943.cms

Dawn – New law to curb sectarianism, protect minorities passed

Islamabad, 7 February 2017. The National Assembly on Monday passed a key bill seeking amendments to various laws, aimed at strengthening the criminal justice system and curbing sectarianism and persecution of minorities in the country.

The bill, titled the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Act 2016, now requires formal assent of the president to become an act of the parliament. It amends the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) 1860; the Police Act 1861; the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898; the Qanoon-i-Shahadat 1984 and Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The bill’s statement of objects and reasons says that “terrorism, sectarianism and extremism have gripped the entire country and these acts have become the order of the day. The country is passing through an extraordinary situation, which requires stringent measures to be taken to curb this menace that has infiltrated society.”

The bill was moved by parliamentary secretary Rana Mohammad Afzal on behalf of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after Speaker Ayaz Sadiq turned down requests of opposition members to send it to the concerned committee.

Punishment for providing false information enhanced; police officers made responsible for preventing hate speech

Giving background, the speaker reminded the opposition members that the bill had originally been passed by the National Assembly in May last year, and was later approved by the Senate with some minor amendments.

Mr Sadiq ruled that since the bill had already been deliberated upon in the committee and the house, therefore, there was no need to refer it to the committee again.

Sectarianism

Through the new law, the punishment for the offence of ‘deliberately using words to hurt the religious feelings of any person’ has been enhanced from yearlong imprisonment and unspecified fine to imprisonment extendable to three years and not less than one year, and/or fine of Rs500,000.

The amendment prescribes the same punishment for inciting religious, sectarian or ethnic hatred by using loudspeaker, sound amplifier or any other device.

The new law has also amended various sections of the over 150-year-old Police Act 1861. One of the amendments to Section 23 of the Police Act, outlining duties of a police officer, has included prevention of sectarian and hate speeches and proliferation of hate material by any person, organised group, organisation or banned outfit in their basic duties.

The new law also suggests enhanced punishments for “officers guilty of any violation of duty, willful breach or neglect of any rule, regulation or lawful order made by a competent authority” increasing it from confiscation of three-month salary or imprisonment not exceeding three months to imprisonment of up to three years with Rs100,000 fine.

Under the new law, every person opposing or not obeying the lawful orders of superiors or violating the conditions of any license granted by a district superintendent or assistant district superintendent of police for the use of music or for the conduct of assemblies and processions will now have to face imprisonment for up to three years with fine, under an amendment to Section 32 of the Police Act.

Previously, the sentence for the offence was a fine not exceeding Rs200.

False information

Through an amendment to Section 182 of the PPC, the punishment for ‘giving false information to a government servant that causes him to use his lawful powers to injury’ has been increased from a maximum of six months to up to seven years in case the offence about which information has been given is punishable with death and five years in case it is punishable with life imprisonment.

Forced marriages

The new law has also suggested punishment for cases of forced marriages of minor girls or women, belonging to minority groups.

The existing section 498-B of the PPC reads: “Whoever coerces or in any manner whatsoever compels a woman to enter into marriage shall be punished with imprisonment of description for a term which may not be less than three years and shall also be liable to a fine of Rs500,000”.

In the amendment, a proviso has been added to provide for a sentence of up to 10 years and not less than five years and a fine of up to Rs1 million in the case of a girl child as defined in the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1992, or a non-Muslim woman.

Lynching

A new clause has been inserted in the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, defining the term “lynching” and suggesting punishment for it.

The new clause reads: “Whenever any individuals, an organised group or a mob by taking the law in own hands inflict punishment on a person accused or suspected of a crime by causing him a hurt or his death, every such individual, a member of such group or a mob is said to commit lynching.”

Also on Monday, the National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution expressing solidarity with the people of Indian-held Kashmir and condemning Indian brutality in the valley.

The members of the opposition PPP also staged a walkout to protest the attack on a party rally in Bahawalnagar earlier in the day.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1313249/new-law-to-curb-sectarianism-protect-minorities-passed