Tolo News – Afghan Government will not attend peace talks in Moscow

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says any talks on the country’s peace should be carried out under the leadership of the government of Afghanistan.

Nabeela Ashrafi

Kabul – Afghanistan, 22 August 2018. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said the Afghan government will not participate in the upcoming peace meeting on Afghanistan in the Russian capital Moscow next month. The ministry said government firmly believes in intra-Afghan dialogues.

According to officials, the Kabul government has not received a formal invitation to attend the talks so far.

“Any regional consensus about Pakistan needs to be structured in axis of the Afghan government. The peace process definitely needs to be carried out under the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. We will not participate in the Moscow talks,” said MoFA deputy spokesman Sibghat Ahmadi.

However, a former Taliban political figure Sayed Akbar Agha said Taliban will attend the meeting and will start discussions on the prospects of peace in Afghanistan with countries in the region.

“Taliban has agreed on the Moscow talks and they will attend it. These talks are related to Asia. Foreign forces have come to Asian countries and there are concerns among these countries about it. All these countries want foreign forces to withdraw from Afghanistan,” he said.

There are reports that Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, head of Taliban’s political office, will lead the Taliban’s delegation in the talks.

But a perception exists that taking the Afghan peace talks to different venues in the west and east will complicate the reconciliation process in the country.

“Today the Taliban are ready to talk with the US and also they are ready to talk with Russia, but those who claim to be Afghans and want to bring peace in Afghanistan or talk about the peace process should talk to Afghans.

However, they are not ready to talk with the legitimate government of Afghanistan,” former Afghan envoy to Syria Mohammadullah Haidari said.

Moscow prepares for the talks at a time that previously Alice Wells, the US’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, met top Taliban officials in Doha.

https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-will-not-attend-peace-talks-moscow

The Tribune – Imran Khan comes to Sidhu’s rescue, calls him ‘ambassador of peace’

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 August 2018. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday came to cricketer-turned-politician and friend Navjot Singh Sidhu’s rescue and thanked him for coming to Pakistan for his oath-taking ceremony.

Imran said Sidhu was an ambassador of peace and was given amazing love and affection by the people of Pakistan.

He said those in India who targeted him were doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent as without peace people in both Pakistan and India could not progress.

Khan, while speaking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday, said in order to move forward, Pakistan and India must have a dialogue and resolve their conflicts, including Kashmir.

He tweeted, “The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading.”

Sidhu had met and hugged Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan in Islamabad.

Sidhu also sat next to President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir Masood Khan.

Back home, the hug has earned Sidhu a sharp rebuke from his former party, the BJP, which called it a “heinous crime”.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/imran-khan-comes-to-sidhu-s-rescue-calls-him-ambassador-of-peace/640506.html

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N J Com – New Jersey radio station hosts suspended for racist rant get training on Sikh religion

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Ewing – New Jersey – USA, 22 August 2018. The two New Jersey radio show hosts suspended after making racist remarks about New Jersey’s attorney general received training about the Sikh religion on Tuesday along with more than two dozen of their fellow co-workers at NJ101.5.

The Sikh Coalition said it met for about 75 minutes with 30 employees from the radio station including hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco. The meeting was held at the radio station’s Ewing offices before the Dennis & Judi show aired Tuesday.

The session educated employees on the Sikh faith and challenges faced by Sikhs in modern America, said Satjeet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition, who led the training.

While on the air July 25, Malloy and Franco referred to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal as “turban man” and “the guy with the turban.”

“Listen, and if that offends you, then don’t wear the turban and maybe I’ll remember your name,” Malloy said on air.

The remarks drew sharp criticism across social media, with many calling for the hosts to be removed from the air.

“My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal,” the attorney general tweeted. “I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio.”

Grewal did not attend the Sikh session at the station on Tuesday and has publicly said he has moved on from the incident.

Malloy and Franco later apologized and were suspended by the station for 10 days. They are back on the air.

“We had a tough week but I do want to say that we learned a lot this week,” Franco said as the duo returned to their show on 06 August 2018.

In a statement released by the coalition, the station’s owners said they were grateful for Tuesday’s session.

“Townsquare Media exists to entertain, engage and inform our communities. The more we are informed, the more effective in that mission we will be,” said Ron deCastro, market president of NJ101.5.

“As the voice of New Jersey, (the station) values this responsibility deeply and is grateful to the Sikh Coalition for working with us to reinforce our mission,” he said.

Kaur said the coalition worked with Townsquare Media to provide resources on Sikhism and helped show how “media-amplified derogatory language affects Sikhs in a climate in which they are regularly subject to discrimination, harassment and violence.”

“We welcome this important step as we work with NJ 101.5 on workshops, anti-racism trainings, and long-term strategies for growth and education,” Kaur said.

“No person or community deserves ridicule because of how they look or what they believe, and we thank NJ 101.5 for taking these additional measures to reinforce values of inclusivity and diversity,” Kaur said.

https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/radio_station_hosts_who_bashed_nj_attorney_general.html

Dawn – Hindus protest encroachment of cremation site

Hyderabad – Sindh – Pakistan, 21 August 2018. Members of the Hindu community coming from different parts of Hyderabad joined a sit-in outside the local press club against police and some influential figures of the area over encroachment of their cremation site.

The protesters, led by Walji Thakur, Dr Amarshi Thakur, Dr Mohan and others alleged that the influential land-grabbers in connivance with the area police had been encroaching upon parts of their cremation site near Nara Jail for some time and now they were not allowing the community to carry out cremation there.

They appealed to the authorities concerned to help them retrieve the grabbed land and take all those involved in the illegal acts to task.

The protesters kept raising slogans against the land-grabbers and police during the course of their sit-in.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1428305/hindus-protest-encroachment-of-cremation-site