The Statesman – Farooq Abdullah welcomes Salman Khurshids statement

The National Conference President said inclusivity, respect and dignity should form the cornerstones of a policy outreach towards Muslims in India

Jammu City – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 25 April 2018. National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah, on Wednesday, while welcoming the “blood of Muslims on Congress hands” remark of senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, said introspection at the national level was required to initiate reconciliation among communities in the country.

Farooq Abdullah said injustices of the past needed to be acknowledged and cannot be repeated. “Muslims in India have contributed vastly and selflessly towards the progress and integrity of the country but the past is replete with instances where they have been at the receiving end of injustice, inequality and prejudice at the policy level.

Salman Khurshid’s statement is introspective and should be welcomed and other political parties at the national level should also acknowledge the injustices of the past so that such mistakes are not repeated in the future,” Abdullah said in a statement.

The National Conference President said inclusivity, respect and dignity should form the cornerstones of a policy outreach towards Muslims in India as also other minorities.

“A sense of dignity and inclusivity needs to be restored, especially in the face of divisive rhetoric and communal ploys as a result of which Muslims are faced with a new challenge of political and economic disempowerment.

At regular intervals, various committees were formed to formally analyse the systemic socio-economic disempowerment of minorities in the country, but despite credible and conclusive reports, no significant movement was made towards the path of affirmative action, redressal and closure in the context of various injustices of the past,” Abdullah added.

Farooq said, similarly, the national political leadership – cutting across political and partisan lines – should introspect about the injustices meted out in Jammu and Kashmir and accept the mistakes of the past in order to rectify them.

“There needs to be a consensus at the national level to rise above partisan politics and do justice with Jammu and Kashmir so that the state can be ushered into a corrective era of peace and stability,” Abdullah added.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/farooq-abdullah-welcomes-salman-khurshids-statement-1502627254.html

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Sikh24.com – Peer Mohammad meets Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara in Tihar jail

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New Delhi – India, 25 April 2018. Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, president of All India Sikh Students Federation, on April 24 met the Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara in Tihar jail of Delhi. He was accompanied by Sikh activists Bhai Bagicha Singh Rattakhera and Bhai Balbir Singh Hissar on this occasion.

Sharing the development with Sikh24 earlier today, Peer Mohammad informed that Jathedar Hawara has appealed all the Sikh bodies to get united on a common platform. “While hailing the AISSF and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for beginning campaign to install CCTV cameras in state wide Gurdwaras, Jathedar Hawara has sought constitution of a Pehredar Committee to safeguard Gurdwaras,” he added.

Peer Mohammad further informed that Jathedar Hawara has inspired the AISSF to play vital role in Punjab for the constitution of World Sikh Parliament.

Jathedar Hawara was also handed over a translated version of letter written by the former AISSF General Secretary Shaheed Bhai Harminder Singh Sandhu to the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/04/25/peer-mohammad-meets-jathedar-jagtar-singh-hawara-in-tihar-jail/#.WuF1sJe-nIU

Gent: Veergrep and ‘Foor’

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Veergrep
25 April 2018


New tracks at the Veergrep Tram-stop


New tracks at the Veergrep Tram-stop

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Foor (Funfair)
25 April 2018


Funfair early Sunday morning


Kid’s Cars


Cake-walk
This used to be my favourite when I was young

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Pakistan Today – People of other faith barred from accompanying Sikh pilgrims

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 25 April 2018. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) on Wednesday barred travellers belonging to non-Sikh faiths from coming along with pilgrims to celebrate their religious festivals in the country.

The ban, imposed by ETPB, implies that Muslim, Hindu and Christian devotees will not be able to enter Pakistan along with Sikh pilgrims, who visit the country in hoards to visit holy sites during Baisakhi and other religious festivals.

Hindu pilgrims will only be able to visit the country on the occasion of their religious festivals, according to the new travel restrictions.

The decision was taken after two Indian citizens went missing during Baisakhi festival. It has also been learnt that there were Christians, Hindus and Muslims among the Sikh pilgrims, who arrived on April 12.

ETPB Deputy Director Imran Gondal said that the lists of Sikh pilgrims from India are sent directly to the interior ministry rather than the board, due to which recognition of the pilgrims becomes a hurdle.

Pakistan’s Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has also protested over participation of people belonging to other religions in their rituals. India’s Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been clearly asked to send a copy of the list of the Sikh pilgrims to the ETPB.

Meanwhile, Amritsar’s Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head Sardar Rajinder Singh said that visa applications of the pilgrims are sent to the federal and state governments and verified by intelligence agencies.

He informed that the committee had sent only 718 pilgrims during the current tour while the other over 1,000 pilgrims came through different small travelling groups.

He also revealed that different groups take Rs 1,000 from pilgrims for Pakistan’s visa and include names without verification while the committee charges only Rs250 for visa.

He promised that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will ensure that people from other religious groups apart from Sikhs do not visit Pakistan in the future.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/04/26/people-of-other-faith-barred-from-accompanying-sikh-pilgrims/

The Hindu – Kathua rape case accused move Supreme Court

New Delhi – India, 26 April 2018. Two prime accused in the Kathua gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the plea of the victim’s father seeking transfer of trial outside the State, preferably to Chandigarh.

Sanji Ram and Vishal Jangotra have also sought transfer of the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation besides seeking to be impleaded as parties in the petition filed by the father of the victim.

The two have claimed innocence, and said they were compelled to file the interlocutory application for impleadment because they were “falsely implicated and arrayed as accused persons in the case”.

“It is humbly stated that the applicants are necessary and proper parties as their rights and interest are bound to be affected by the outcome of the writ petition,” they said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kathua-case-accused-move-sc/article23675594.ece