The News – India’s divisive policies marginalising Muslims, other minorities: UN HR chief

New York – New York State – USA, 08 March 2019. United Nations Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet has warned India that its “divisive policies” have extensively marginalised Muslims and other minorities in the country.

“India’s narrow political agendas are marginalising Muslims and other minorities in an already unequal society,” she said in her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“I fear that these divisive policies will not only harm many individuals, but also undermine the success of India’s economic growth story.”

“We are receiving reports that indicate increasing harassment and targeting of minorities, in particular, Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis,” she said in her annual report.

Expressing concern over the ongoing tensions in the Indian-occupied Kashmir, she said her office was ready to investigate the situation on the ground.

“I remain concerned about the ongoing tensions in occupied Kashmir, as shelling and firing on both sides of Line of Control continue to contribute to loss of life and displacement,” Bachelet said.

“I encourage and invite both India and Pakistan to my office to monitor the situation on the ground, and to assist both the states to address the human rights issues that must be part of any solution to the conflict,” she added.

A day earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call to Pakistan and India to “de-escalate the tensions” between them as the situation in the region continues to pose threat to peace and security.

“We are fully aware of the situation,” Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that the UN chief was in touch with both sides at various levels to “express his concern and the need to do as much as anyone can to de-escalate the tensions.”

However, he added the secretary-general had not yet spoken to the prime ministers of the two countries, Imran Khan and Narendra Modi, “as far as I am aware.” – “They have killed our mother, kill the Sikhs,” genocide victim reiterates Sajjan Kumar’s wording before the court

By Sikh24 Editors

New Delhi – India, 08 March 2019. Reiterating her witness against the 1984 Sikh genocide culprit Sajjan Kumar on March 7, Cham Kaur told the Court that Sajjan Kumar had played a key role in instigating the fanatic Hindu mobs to kill Sikhs.

She clarified that she heard him saying “Inhone hamari ma maar di. Sardaro ko maar do” (They have killed our mother… kill the Sikhs).

Cham Kaur is a key prosecution witness against several genocide culprits including Sajjan Kumar in a case pertaining to the 1984 Sikh genocide. Her father Sardarji Singh and son Kapoor Singh were brutally killed by the fanatic Hindu mobs led by Sajjan Kumar in Sultanpuri area.

Although the defense lawyer tried to affect Cham Kaur’s witness against his client by saying that she took names of all the genocide culprits in her statement and never named Sajjan Kumar but Cham Kaur bluntly replied to him that she always named Kumar as the one who instigated the mob.

It is pertinent to note here that Cham Kaur had given statement before the Court of District Judge Poonam A Bamba that she had seen Sajjan Kumar instigating the Hindu mobs to kill the Sikhs on 01 November 1984, when she had gone outside to look for her goat.

“Next day, they attacked my home and killed by son and father by throwing them from the top of the roof,” she had said while adding that she herself received injuries during this attack.

Recognizing Sajjan Kumar in the Court, she had told the Court that she could recognize him as she used to visit him for getting the papers stamped for making ration card and passport along with her family members. She further named other persons who were shot dead on the same date by the mob.

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Dawn – Sikhs perform rites at Gurdwara Baba Guru Nanak

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Narowal – Panjab – Pakistan, 08 March 2019. Pakistan took wise decisions during its recent tension with India and the Sikh community all over the world will stand by Pakistan through thick and thin.

These views were expressed by the Sikh yatrees (pilgrims) from Canada who are on a visit to Gurdwara Baba Guru Nanak at Kartarpur, while talking to the media here on Thursday.

Two of the pilgrims, Sardar Amarjit Singh and Gurumit Singh, said the Sikh community world over was grateful to the Pakistan government for allowing Kartarpur Corridor Project and working hard to execute it.

They said that after completion of the project millions of poor Sikhs from India would be able to perform their religious rites at the Gurdwara Baba Guru Nanak easily.

They said Pakistan was a peaceful country, while certain elements were spreading baseless propaganda to malign the country and promote jingoism, which should be strongly condemned.

Other yatrees also appreciated Pakistan for acting wisely during the recent tiff with India and promoting love and peace in the region.

They said Pakistan had a great significance for the Sikhs as founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak was born here and his samadhi (grave) is also in Pakistan.

They said that in case of Pakistan facing a hard time, the Sikh community of the world would stand by the country.

The Canadian Sikh yatrees offered their religious rites at the gurdawara and laid a chadar (ceremonial sheet) on the samadhi.

They were also briefed on the corridor project and were informed it would be complete before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

The yatrees were served food, drinks and fruit on the occasion. There were tight security arrangements during their visit to the Gurdwara.

The Hindu – Reuters team prevented for third time from climbing hill to madrasa site in Balakot

Security officials cite “security concerns” for denying access.

Balakot – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 08 March 2019. Officials on Thursday prevented a Reuters team from climbing a hill in Balakot area in northeastern Pakistan to the site of a madrasa and a group of surrounding buildings that were targeted by the Indian Air Force on 26 February.

It is the third time in the past nine days that Reuters reporters have visited the area, and each time the path up to what villagers say was a religious school run at one time by terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and what India says was a terrorist training camp was blocked.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said the IAF air strike killed “a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders, and groups of jihadis”.

The security officials guarding the way to the site cited “security concerns” for denying access. They stuck to the Pakistani government’s position that no damage was caused to any buildings and there was no loss of life.

In Islamabad, the military’s press wing has twice called off visits to the site for weather and organisational reasons and an official said no visit would be possible for a few days more due to security issues.

The Reuters team could view the madrasa from 100 metres away and only from below. The building that reporters could see was surrounded by pine trees, and did not show any signs of damage or activity but given the view, the assessment is very limited.

Reuters had said high-resolution satellite images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, showed at least six buildings standing on the madrasa site on March 4, virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility.

Villagers told Reuters that the ‘school’ was no longer operational. “It was shut down in June last,” said one, who asked not to be identified.

On previous visits, a number of residents had said the madrasa was run by the JeM. A sign with the group’s name had previously stood near the site but was later removed.