The Statesman – SAD slams Navjot Sidhu after Sushma Swaraj’s clarification on Kartarpur Sahib

A major controversy involving Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu erupted on Tuesday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj clarified that Pakistan had made no communication whatsoever regarding the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

New Delhi – India, 18 September 2018. A major controversy involving Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu erupted on Tuesday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj clarified that Pakistan had made no communication whatsoever regarding the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.

In a sharp attack on Sidhu, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal called him a “Pakistani agent” and “a puppet dancing to their tune”.

“I think he is a new agent that Pakistan has found and they are using him as a puppet and he is dancing to their tune. Let him dance and deliver to our people,” Badal, who is also the Union Minister Minister of Food Processing, said at a press conference.

Badal questioned Sidhu’s “friendship” with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan stating that “out of the entire cricket team only Navjot Sidhu was invited”.

“Let him produce a letter from the PM granting this (corridor to Kartarpur). The moment that letter is produced, within 24 hrs, I’ll have the corridor put up by my GoI,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.

On Monday, Sidhu had a meeting with Swaraj during which the External Affairs Minister reportedly “reprimanded” the Punjab minister for “misusing” his visit to Pakistan.

“External Affairs Minister (Swaraj) reprimanded Sidhu for messing up Kartarpur Sahib corridor dialogue and misusing political clearance granted for private visit by hugging military chief responsible for killing our soldiers,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted on Monday.

In the press conference on Tuesday, Badal also produced the letter that Swaraj wrote to her.

In the letter, Swaraj said that New Delhi has been taking up the matter of opening a passage to the Gurudwara located in Pakistan but Islamabad “has so far neither agreed to include visits to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib by the Indian pilgrims…nor has it sent any official communication for establishing a corridor”.

Sidhu had on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak claimed that Pakistan will open the corridor to Kartarpur Sahib. His party, too, had hailed it as a goodwill gesture. But Swaraj’s letter punctured Sidhu’s claim.

“Kartarpur corridor is an emotional issue for Sikhs. We pray each day to be able to have open darshan of the Gurdwara which remains across the fence. Several of us, including me, have been pursuing with the government to have this corridor opened,” Badal wrote while sharing the letter on Twitter.

The Tribune – Phoolka accused of cheating riot victims

Man files plaint with Delhi Police

Tribune News Service

New Delhi – India, 18 September 2018. Gurcharan Singh Babbar, president of the All India Sikh Conference (AISC), has submitted a written complaint against senior advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka, who is fighting cases for the widows of 1984 Sikh riots, to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik.

The AISC chief said in the complaint that in 1984 along with a battery of lawyers Phoolka had submitted an affidavit on behalf of the widows to the Justice Ranganath Misra Commission.

He alleged that since most of the widows were uneducated Phoolka chose to draft the affidavit in English and got their thumb impressions. “The same document was submitted to the commission. He thus cheated them,” he added.

“In the affidavit, Phoolka didn’t mention the name of Congress leaders who were involved in the riots,” the complaint reads, while questioning that why names of then Union Home Secretary M M K Wali, Delhi Lt Governor PG Gawai, Delhi Commissioner of Police Subash Tandon and other senior police officials were not mentioned.

Babbar also alleged that when the widows were called by the Commission, the statements the widows gave were different from the affidavit.

H S Phoolka, AAP MLA, has strongly reacted to the complaint made against him saying that such complaints were frivolous. “These allegations have been doing the rounds as diversionary tactics since I started fighting the anti-riots case. Supporters of accused leaders have been making such baseless allegations,” he said.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Brussel Zuid – Brussel Luxemburg

17 August 2018

Waiting for the train to Leuven via Brussel

IC to Brussel and Brussel Airport

Leaving from one of the old platforms

Brussel Zuid
17 August 2018

Brussel Zuid – Bruxelles Midi

Brussel Zuid – Bruxelles Midi

Brussel Luxemburg
17 August 2018

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Sikh Federation UK – Khalistan Administration declared with follow up event at the United Nations

London – UK, 17 September 2018. Yesterday was a historic day when the Administration for running Khalistan was declared in principle at the 35th Annual International Sikh Convention with Sikh representatives from over 15 countries present.

The Convention organised by the Sikh Federation (UK), often referred to as the first and only Sikh political party, attracted in excess of 10,000 Sikhs at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Willenhall in the West Midlands.

Sikhs from the UK came from over 100 towns and cities with over 200 UK Gurdwaras represented. Alongside a number of resolutions relating to Punjab was the in principle announcement of the Khalistan Administration with the sole aim of freedom and re-establishing a Sikh homeland.

The timing of the announcement of the Khalistan Administration is critical given expected developments in the Indian sub-continent. It follows numerous meetings over a number of years with different governments where Sikhs live and those in positions of influence at the United Nations.

At meetings at the UN earlier this year it was suggested only when the Khalistan Administration was in place could serious negotiations begin with other nations to gain backing for a Sikh homeland.

Sikh representatives have been told many countries are extremely worried with both the Hindutva direction of travel in India and the rise of the Islamic State. It is believed to only be a matter of time before there is a serious clash that could ultimately result in the break up of India and Pakistan as we know them now.

A Sikh homeland would then definitely be in the equation and the Khalistan Administration and a negotiating team therefore needed to be in place. Details relating to the Khalistan Administration will be provided at an event in three to four months time to be held at the United Nations.

Yesterday the proposed structure was however shared with a 101-member Khalistan Advisory Board of recognised Khalistani activists across the globe. Those making up the Board will be made known at the UN event and will be the public face of the Khalistan Administration..

An essential component that will maintain the heartbeat of the Khalistan Administration will be a 51-member Executive Team that will draw up detailed plans for all aspects of the administration, including the legislature (Khalistan Parliament-in-Exile); judiciary (Supreme Court, Chief Justice, Court of Appeal) and departments that will run the sovereign Khalistan state. Names of the 51-member Executive Team will largely remain anonymous.

The third element will be a 21-member negotiating team drawn from the 101-member Khalistan Advisory Board and 51-member Executive Team to represent the Khalistan Administration in negotiations with member states and with those at the United Nations.

A working group is being established to make all arrangements and preparations for the event at the United Nations in three or four months’ time.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“Sikh representatives from different countries that discussed the Khalistan Administration proposal at the Convention believe it the single biggest practical step in the formation of a Sikh homeland in the last 25 years on the political stage.”

“In April 1992 the Sikh leadership in Punjab prepared and signed a submission to the UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali demanding UN intervention and an independent State for the Sikhs and a year later came the Amritsar Declaration.”

“Different governments where the Sikh diaspora are active and those at the UN have advised there now needs to be a Khalistan Administration and a negotiating team in place as soon as possible.”

“Following the in principle declaration of the Khalistan Administration yesterday we aim to get all structures in place within three months so our negotiating team is ready to begin discussions on all aspects of a Sikh homeland.”

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

Dawn – Mobile services suspended in parts of Karachi ahead of Ashura

Karachi – Sindh – Pakistan, 19 September 2018. Residents of Karachi are experiencing partial suspension of cellular services on Wednesday, the 8th of Muharram, ahead of Ashura.

The cellular services have been suspended in areas through which mourning processions will pass during the day.

Citizens took to social media to post that they stopped receiving mobile signals starting in the morning.

Some were taken by surprise by the blockage of signals in their area.

Mobile services are suspended every year during Ashura as part of the security measures.

Several key roads in Karachi and other cities of Sindh will remain closed for mourning processions, and traffic from blocked roads will be diverted to alternative routes that were notified by the Karachi traffic police on Tuesday.

On Muharram 8, a procession will be taken out at 1:30pm from Nishtar Park, and will end at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah.