The News – Pakistan wants UN commission formation on Kashmir: Qureshi

Multan – Panjab – Pakistan, 06 October 2018. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the United Nations (UN) should constitute a ‘Commission of Inquiry’ to probe atrocities being committed in held Kashmir on the basis of a report recently presented by the UN Human Rights Commission.

While addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that the Kashmir issue got limelight following the presentation of the UNHR report.

He said Pakistan had always exposed brutalities of Indian army in the held Kashmir and raised voice for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

Now, the UN report had validated Pakistan’s stance on Indian aggression and cruelties in Kashmir, he added.

The minister said that the UN was the best forum to resolve all international issues.

Pakistan wished that the UN should become more effective for the resolution of the world issues.

He said that he met the UN Secretary General and urged him to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe Indian atrocities in held Kashmir.

Responding to a question about Pakistan’s relations with neighbors, the FM stated that it was the wish of every country that it should have good relations with the neighboring countries.

He said that Pakistan wanted good relations with India.

He said that restoration of talks was the best option to resolve all regional issues including poverty, education, and construction of dams.

He asked whether there was any other way out other than talks to resolve issues between Pakistan and India.

He said Pakistan extended offer of negotiations to India as a goodwill gesture.

India agreed for talks but soon after it back-tracked on his pledge.

Responding to another query that the PTI used to criticise the previous government whenever it tried to hold talks with India, he said the PTI never criticised talks for peace.

He said that holding talks for the peace process was different from the relations for personal businesses.

Pakistan also expressed its proposal to open border for Sikh pilgrims, he stated.

There are many Sikh holy sites in the country. Similarly, Pakistanis also wish to visit shrines in India. There are some Buddhist sites in Pakistan. The proposal could help promote tourism.

About his recent tour of the UN General Assembly session, he said that he presented Pakistan’s viewpoint in an effective manner.

To a question about any output of the recent visit of America, the foreign minister said that he observed a change in the attitude of America.

Earlier, the US was criticising Pakistan and issuing warnings on public forums.

He said that he presented Pakistan’s viewpoint to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He added that the relations between Pakistan and the US were improving gradually.

Qureshi remarked that he tried his level best that Pakistan services for promotion of peace be acknowledged at international level.

The foreign minister hailed people for appreciating him over the presentation of Pakistan’s viewpoint in a better way at the UN General Assembly session.

Responding to another question about Shehbaz Sharif arrest, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and courts were independent institutions.

The cases were not initiated during the PTI government but in the tenure of the last government.

He, however, maintained that the PML-N and all others should respect the courts.

To a question about the response of Prime Minister Imran Khan over his visit to the UN General Assembly, the foreign minister said that he appreciated and congratulated him for presenting Pakistan’s viewpoint effectively.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/377477-pakistan-wants-un-commission-formation-on-kashmir-qureshi

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The Tribune – Shun rally politics: Dharamvira Gandhi

Patiala – Panjab – India, 07 October 2018. Local MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi on Saturday slammed the SAD and the Congress for playing “rally politics”. He termed it a ploy to put on the backburner the issue of punishing the people responsible for the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and the Behbal Kalan firing.

“Why is a party running the government holding a rally when it is tasked with taking action against culprits and improving law and order?” the MP said in a statement here on Saturday.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/shun-rally-politics-gandhi/664508.html

Gent: Baudelopark – Gouvernementstraat – Gentbrugse Meersen

Baudelopark
Demo to support migrants without papers
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Demonstrators belonging to different groups

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Brabantdam – Gouvernementstraat


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The Province of East-Flanders

Gentbrugse Meersen
31 Augustus 2018


Still sunny, warm and dry

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India Today – Badals rake up Blue Star operation, anti-Sikh riots after they are cornered in sacrilege cases

While addressing a rally, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Congress was hell bent on capturing Sikh shrines.

Patiala – Panjab – India, 07 October 2018. The miffed Badals on Sunday raised the bogey of Blue Star operation, anti-Sikh operation and anti-Sikh rights issue during a rally in Patiala, the home turf of CM captain Amarinder Singh. This comes after the Ranjit Singh panel report hinted at the then government’s failure to handle the sacrilege cases.

While addressing the gathering, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Congress was hell bent on capturing Sikh shrines as well as the SGPC, the committee which manages the Sikh shrines.

“Captain is a traitor and Sidhu is a ‘Piddu’. They have murdered democracy in the recent zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections. The next target is gurdwaras. They want to put Congress mahants (priests) in Gurdwaras,” Badal said.

Earlier Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said that after attacking the Golden Temple, Congress was now trying to cover its anti-Sikh face in the garb of religion.

“How can Captain Amarinder Singh talk about the Sikh religion when he did not pay a single visit to the golden Temple after becoming the chief minister. Forces are now out to break Shiromani Akali Dal.

No political party can match SAD. Can Congress become a religious party after attacking the Golden temple complex and killing thousands of innocent Sikhs?” Sukhbir Badal said.

Sukhbir also attacked Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and Aam Aadmi Party. He accused AAP of sourcing funds from hardline khalistani groups.

The ruling Congress organised a political rally to counter the Badals in their home turf of Lambi, Muktsar and tried to expose them.

Its leaders told people that the previous Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP government failed to solve the sacrilege cases and take action against the police officers who fired at protesters at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015 in which two people were killed.

Launching a scathing attack against the Badals, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh while addressing a rally in Lambi said action against them will be taken if found guilty.

“People are putting pressure on the Congress government to punish those who were responsible Nobody will be spared if others are found guilty,” Captain Amarinder Singh said.

Captain Amarinder Singh said Akali Dal has lost its political ground and whatever the Akali leaders were saying was because they were frustrated that people have rendered them irrelevant.

Meanwhile thousands joined a protest organised by senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khera in Bargari.

While only a few AAP leaders joined the protest march, a sizable chunk of hardliner Khalistan group members were also seen in the protest march.

Not only did protesters openly raise pro-Khalistani slogans but also raised their voices against former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Slamming both the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal, AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira questioned the importance of political rallies organised by Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress.

“Congress and Akali Dal are playing a friendly match to prolong the action in cases of sacrilege. When the justice Ranjit Singh Commission report has made things clear why is the Congress shying away from taking action against the cops and instead only organising a political rally?” Sukhpal Khaira said.

https://www.indiatoday.in/politics/story/badals-rake-up-blue-star-operation-anti-sikh-riots-after-they-are-cornered-in-sacrilege-cases-1358087-2018-10-07

The Hindu – Deportation fears rise at Rohingya camp in Delhi

Rohingya refugees say they will not go back till the Indian government assures their rights, safety.

Saurabh Trivedi

New Delhi – India, 06 October 2018. The 235 Rohingya refugees staying at the Kalindi Kunj camp are worried about their future after the government deported seven of them on Friday. Most of refugees in the camp earn a living as daily-wage labourers and e-rickshaw or autorickshaw drivers.

They alleged that the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) had refused to extend their visas, which expired in 2017.

Abdullah,who stays at the camp, said, “We are already suffering. By deporting us, they [the Indian government] are pushing us to certain death. Why are we treated as refugees and not human beings?

We do not know what freedom means. We are happy in India and get what we never got in Myanmar. We want to live here like any other Indian citizen.”

The refugees said a police team had visited the camp on Monday and distributed a six-page nationality verification form titled ‘Personal Data Form’. The police asked each of them to fill the form, complete with a photograph, by Thursday.

“A policeman came to collect the forms [on Thursday] but most of us refused to fill them. We do not want to go back till the Indian government assures our rights and safety in Myanmar.

The Indian government will send these forms to Myanmar, where the authorities will forge details and use them as needed,” said Mohammad Shakir, who stays at the camp with his family.

Sanjida Begum, who lives here with her 17-year-old son, said she will only go back to Myanmar once the situation is back to normal.

“My house in Myanmar was set afire and my husband remains untraceable. My son is too young to get a job, and my community does not allow me work. NGOs and the government have been taking care of us,” she said.

A major fire broke out in the camp on April 16. The residents were rehabilitated on an adjacent piece of land, with the government providing all basic necessities.

“We lost everything, including our United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] cards. However, they were reissued within two days. We were provided with all facilities, including electricity and ration.

Our visa, which were issued in 2014, expired in 2017 but the FRRO refused to extend [them] citing procedural delay,” said Samil Mullah, a refugee who runs a grocery shop in the camp.

The refugees said they will be killed in Myanmar if get deported.

“We want the Government of India to assure our freedom in Myanmar. If it cannot do this, let us stay here peacefully. We will never demand anything,” said Faiyaz Ahmed.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/by-deporting-us-they-are-pushing-us-to-certain-death-rohingya-refugees/article25137455.ece