The New Indian Express – Pakistan has a long-term plan to destroy our youth: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

He said if young men along India’s borders are not fit, it will affect enrolment in the Army.

New Delhi – India, 06 October 2018. Pakistan was trying to destroy India’s youth, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said Saturday, alleging that the neighbouring country was flooding the state with drugs to force drop their enrolment in the Indian Army.

Addressing the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Singh joined the chief ministers of Karnataka and Maharashtra in addressing the burning issues in their states.

“We have had an influx of drugs, which has started to grow in recent years. It is at a critical point and we have cracked down hard on this. Pakistan has a long-term plan of destroying our youth. They are trying to demolish the youth along the border,” Singh said.

He said if young men along India’s borders are not fit, it will affect enrolment in the Army.

The Punjab chief minister pointed to recent seizures of hundreds of kilograms of heroin at Gujarat’s Mandvi port and in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

In both these cases, Singh said, the intended destination of the narcotic substances was Punjab.

He said the state and central agencies have identified a few big illegal drug operators and were going after them.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy addressed concerns on the stability of his coalition government, saying he had the support of Congress and the government would last its full term.

“I will run this government. It is stable. I am here for five years. Some sections are projecting that the government will fall. My Congress friends and the high command are totally supporting me. Cabinet expansion is not a big issue for me,” he said.

Speaking on the violence in Koregaon-Bhima village in Maharashtra in December last year, Fadnavis said it was a larger conspiracy and the state government was acting against those who were going against the Constitution.

“The person, or individual, or institution which is acting against Constitution, I am bound to act against them. They may belong to any class, may belong to any caste. Any religion, any institution, they may have any leaning but I am going crush them,” Fadnavis said.

“That is my raj dharma. That is what I am doing. I don’t recognise extreme right or extreme left,” he told a gathering of business leaders, diplomats, political leaders and commentators at the summit.

His government was at the centre of a political row after the Maharashtra police arrested five activists for suspected Maoist links following raids on August 28, sparking outraged protests from human rights defenders.

The activists were later termed “urban naxals”.

Critics of the government insisted that the five were punished for their views critical of the dispensation.

“There are some people who want to pitch two communities against each other so that a situation like civil war is created. Not just Bhima Koregaon they are in touch with naxals in Chhattisgarh and other places. They are plotting several things. It’s a much larger conspiracy that we have unearthed.

So many pseudo-liberals came together and went to the SC and still the court ruled in our favour,” he said.

The three chief ministers also expressed concern over bringing fuel under the goods and services tax (GST) as it would affect the revenue of the state.

“There are just three main avenues through which states derive their revenue.

If fuel gets taken away, where do states get their revenue from,” Singh said.

“Maharashtra supports bringing fuel into the GST. But at the same time we also need to consider other alternatives. We have to bring change. With the ethanol policy we can bring down imports by 30 per cent in next five years,” Fadnavis said. – Ex-Inspector and Sub-Inspector convicted for life in another fake encounter case of 1992

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 September 2018. Three days after convicting two Police cops for life, a Mohali based Special CBI Court today addressed life imprisonment to two more Police cops in another case of killing a 22 years old Sikh youth named Harjit Singh alias Gora in a fake encounter in 1992.

Prima facie reveals that the Ex-Inspector Gian Singh and SI Narinder Singh Malhi have been addressed life sentence by the Mohali based Special Court of Additional Sessions Judge Harjeet Singh for killing a Sikh youth named Harjit Singh alias Gora in a fake encounter.

The Court has also imposed penalty of Rupees 60 000/- on each convict so that the victim father S Balvir Singh could be compensated with Rupees 1 00 000/-.

On September 26, an Additional Sessions and District Judge of Mohali representing Special CBI Court had convicted two retired Police cops for life in a case pertaining to extra-judicially killing a teenage Sikh boy named Harpal Singh.

Beside it, the Court had also imposed a penalty of Rupees 61,000/- on each convict so that the mother of victim, Balwinder Kaur, could be compensated.

Case Detail: 22 year old Harjit Singh alias Gora S/o S. Balvir Singh, resident of village Sultanwind (Amritsar), was working as a mason in Sri Harmandr Sahib when he was abducted by Sub-Inspector Narinder “Singh”, the then Incharge of Daburji Police Station, along with his father during the wee hours of November 12, 1992.

The duo father-son was separated by the Police by handing over father Balvir Singh to Inspector Gian “Singh” of Vijay Nagar Police station.

Although S Balvir Singh was released after 22 days the whereabouts of his son Harjit Singh alias Gora remained unknown.

S Balvir Singh approached the senior Police cops including the DGP (on December 20, 1992) but neither he was given any satisfactory answer nor any action was taken against the guilty Sub-Inspector Narinder “Singh” Malhi and Inspector Gian “Singh”.

Watching no way out, the victim father S Balvir Singh approached the Supreme Court and succeeded in securing a CBI investigation into the case.

During the trial of the case, the CBI revealed before the Court that not only Harjit Singh alias Gora but also his brother Kuldeep Singh alias Kala was reduced to ashes by the guilty Police cops.

Although the Police had recorded a fake encounter of Kuldeep Singh alias Kala in its official record, but they didn’t show anything regarding the illegal custodial murder of Harjit Singh alias Gora.

In the meantime, the killer cops Narinder “Singh” Malhi and Gian “Singh” tried their best to make sit Balvir Singh by threatening and offering him huge ransoms of money.

Interacting with media after getting punished the killer cops, S Balvir Singh said that the duo cops ruined his family by killing his two young sons. He informed that he was also brutally tortured during his 22 days long illegal Police custody in a cement store.

The proceedings of this case were followed by the lawyers Rajwinder Singh Bains and Satnam Singh Bains, The duo lawyers have said that they will also seek probe into the fake encounter of the other son of S Balvir Singh i.e. Kuldeep Singh alias Kala.

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The Tribune – Amid recitation of Gurbani, Darshani Deori at Golden Temple gets new doors

Neeraj Bagga, Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 06 October 2018. Amid the recitation of Gurbani, new gates were installed at the Darshani Deori, an arch before the causeway to the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, here on Saturday.

Golden Temple’s head priest Giani Jagtar Singh performed the ardas. Earlier, a Gurmat programme was held in front of the Akal Takht in which Hazuri Raagi performed Gurbani Kirtan.

SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal commended Baba Kashmir Singh of Karsewa Bhuriwale and Baba Sukhwinder Singh for exactly replicating the doors installed by legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh about 200 years ago.

He assured that the Shiromani committee would steadfastly maintain the original doors and showcase to the visiting sangat.

Longowal said Sheesham wood was used in preparing the doors which were covered with 60 kg silver foil on a side and seashell on another.

Natural effects like trees, vines and birds were engraved on doors. Skilled artisans from Agra and the holy city were roped in to roll out desired designs. These doors are 118-inch high and 110-inch wide.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and other Sikh religious personalities apart from a large number of devouts were present on the occasion.

The original doors having sandalwood base with the ivory carving and golden screws, were unhooked for preservation in 2010. The wood was beyond repair and the government had already banned ivory trade. So seashells were replaced to give the desired effect.

Dawn – Europe’s perplexed Pakistanis

Pervez Hoodbhoy

City of Stockholm – Sweden, 06 October 2018. Pakistani immigrants to Europe tend to get a bad press. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised by my brief encounter in Stockholm three weeks ago with a dozen or so well-settled, ordinary working-class Pakistanis.

Some had migrated from Mirpur (AJK), others from KP and Sindh. Their attitudes and lifestyles challenge the common negative stereotypes of Pakistani migrants in Europe.

Do you speak and read Swedish reasonably well? Are local laws fair and non-discriminatory? Do your children go to Swedish schools and do they have Swedish friends? Can you feel this to be your own country?

Receiving positive responses, I slowly moved on to the most sensitive of questions and held my breath: Would you be okay if your daughter were to date a Swedish guy? Marry him? And, finally, is Sweden where someday you might choose to die and be buried?

Except for the very last question (where some wavered) all other answers were again affirmative. Significantly, these were not well-heeled upper-class folks who readily form a globalised community.

Instead, they were bus drivers, hospital staff, and other blue-collar workers in love with their adopted country. They were trying hard to deal with the us-versus-them binary.

Were such attitudes more common the sickeningly familiar caricature of the backward, anti-freedom, unassimilable Pakistani migrant would vanish. But this wasn’t so clear once I probed further: could you kindly guess how many other Pakistan-Swedes are also largely positive about their new country?

Opinions varied but the consensus was clear — only a minority of first-generation Pakistan-Swedes, like this particular group, is fully at ease. Since they acknowledge getting a fair deal in their new country, what alienates the majority?

Answer: discomfort with the bay hayaee (sexual laxity) of locals and their deen say doori (non-adherence to religion — any religion). As with other Pakistani immigrants in Europe, some stridently reject the core values of their host country and condemn the ‘immoral’ lifestyles of the majority.

Why do Pakistanis enjoying the West’s pluralism stay silent about pluralism within Pakistan?

This unctuous piety is sometimes dubious, it stands against a pioneering research study putting sexuality as a key motivation for young Pakistani men to emigrate.

In his book: Masculinity, Sexuality, and Illegal Immigration, Human Smuggling from Pakistan to Europe, Ali Nobil Ahmad, a fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, finds the pull of deep-seated psychological forces no less important than the push of economic forces.

After interviewing dozens of young immigrant men from lower-middle-class backgrounds, Ahmad concludes that lure of adventure and libidinal frustration drives even relatively economically secure migrants.

Risking life and limb, they hope to escape a conservative society where every form of contact with women is forbidden, other than a family-arranged marriage, into a world where pleasures of the flesh are tauntingly visible through advertising and the global media.

Parents often marry them off before they depart but the problem doesn’t end there.

The sweet fruits of the Promised Land are enjoyed for a while but long term adaptation to the metropolises of Europe is difficult for many.

Most perplexing is the freedom enjoyed by Western women, with whom liaisons are short term. To shut out their ‘corrupting influence’, families arrange for cousin marriages or import brides. These are routine in Britain’s poorest areas where immigrants have ghettoised.

Growing conservatism and poor schooling in the homeland has made Pakistani immigrants less absorbable globally. As Pakistan steadily becomes less liberal and goes the Al Huda way, the changes are visible in habits and dress. The burqa issue resounds throughout Europe. That welcome for unassimilable immigrants has dried out is unsurprising.

A highly visible trend among Pakistanis is greater immersion in one’s own religious community. Even in North America where Pakistanis are generally wealthier than whites, the social life of most expatriates, the richest ones excepted, organises itself around mosques and Islamic centres.

Toronto, for example, is a city divided among Deobandis, Barelvis, Shias, Bohras, and Ismailis who have built their own places of worship and largely interact only among themselves. Ahmadis have a worship-cum-housing complex spread over 35 acres.

Isolation from the mainstream has extracted a price in the general well-being of immigrants, particularly for Pakistan-origin Brits. Muslim school students, of which a full 40 per cent are Pakistanis, have been documented as underachievers.

Muhammad Anwar, a social scientist and author of British Muslims and State Policies argues that Pakistani-Brits generally have education achievement levels lying at the low end of all ethnic minorities in Britain.

On the other hand, immigrants who share values with the host country can rise high. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and home secretary, Sajid Javid, are obvious examples. Expectedly, wealthier, upper-class Pakistanis are familiar with Western cultural mores.

Educated in top-notch schools, they find the West hospitable. This year, as every year, thousands will make their way to universities across North America, Europe, and Australia. Others will rely on immigration sponsorship by family members who are already citizens.

Most, whether wealthy or poor, will try their hardest to never return home and many will succeed in becoming first-generation immigrants. Some dream of wealth, others of personal fulfilment. Still others want to escape a suffocating social and physical environment. Most will be preoccupied in making a new life for themselves.

But exceptions aside, such as the few I met in Stockholm, Pakistani immigrants to the West don’t insist on changing things back in the homeland.

That Pakistan needs to end discrimination against its ethnic minorities, women, and non-Muslims is heard but rarely, and that too only from Baloch, Sindhi and Kashmiri nationalist groups.

One could have expected broader participation because immigrants benefit from open pluralist societies that, by law, must treat all citizens equally. This, of course, is why Pakistanis choose to immigrate.

If first-generation immigrants lack activism, perhaps the second generation will compensate some day. When such voices for justice are heard loud and clear, and if they are joined by immigrant communities from other countries in demanding changes back home, multiple noxious xenophobic movements in the West will collapse like a pricked balloon. Let’s hope.

The author teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.