Tolo News – Afghan politicians share views with Khalizad on peace

Afghan government says meetings with Khalilzad on peace will continue for the next days.

Anisa Shaheed

Kabul – Kabul Province – Afghanistan, 04 April 2019. President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and a number of prominent Afghan politicians on Wednesday met with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to exchange views on the peace process, Presidential Palace said in a statement.

According to the statement, the US Ambassador to Kabul John R. Bass and the US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan General Scott Miller were also at the meeting.

From the Afghan politicians, Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish; former president Hamid Karzai; former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf; head of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar; Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani; High Peace Council Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili; Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq; parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and President Ghani’s Special Representative on Regional Affairs for Consensus on Peace Mohammad Umer Daudzai were at the meeting and shared their views on the Afghan peace with Khalilzad.

In this meeting the participants discussed the peace efforts and importantly the next steps for ending the Afghan war, the statement said.

“Today, President Ashraf Ghani had a meeting with Khalilzad. In this meeting, a number of politicians and jihadi leaders were also present and each of them had their opinions and recommendations for peace.

Also, the next steps for peace were discussed and the meetings will continue for the next days,” President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi said.

“Earlier I left a meeting, which was a good get together between the Afghan leaders led by President Ghani, the President of Afghanistan with the participation of important leaders of this country in the government and outside government and Ambassador Khalilzad and Ambassador John Bass,” said Abdullah.

Khalilzad on Tuesday visited Kandahar province and met with local officials and tribal elders on Afghan peace.

“The issue we insisted on is that messages should be clearly communicated to the people from the peace process and people should not be kept away of the process,” Kandahar governor Hayatullah Hayat said.

Meanwhile, sources from government said that President Ghani wants the Qatar meeting to be held after the consultative Jirga which will be held in Kabul on April 29.

President Ghani’s Special Envoy Umer Daudzai on Tuesday said government will invite the Taliban to attend the peace Jirga.

But critics say that Afghan politicians are not in favor of delay in the Doha meeting.

In this meeting, former President Hamid Karzai insisted that the US peace efforts should be supported, Karzai’s office said in a statement.

Karzai also emphasized that the remarks that come out of media and “provoke war” should be stopped completely and efforts for the formation of an inclusive negotiating team for Doha meeting should be accelerated, the statement reads. – Indict Baba Jagtar Singh under criminal charges, demands Sikh leader Karam Singh Bhoian

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 02 April 2019. Karam Singh Bhoian, the Tarn Taran district head of SAD (Amritsar), has demanded registration of a criminal case against the Kaar Sewa sect head Baba Jagtar Singh, the manager of Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib Partap Singh and the SGPC office bearers responsible for the demolition of the historic Darshani Deodi.

It is noteworthy here that Karam Singh Bhoian has started an indefinite strike outside the demolished Darshani Deodi of Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib.

Interacting with Sikh24, S. Karam Singh Bhoian said that the Darshani Deodi has been demolished under a highly deliberated plan and the Kaar Sewa sect as well as the SGPC very cleverly maintained their safe side. “A high level judicial probe is needed to unearth the hidden conspiracy behind the demolition of this Darshani Deodi,” he added.

It may be recalled here that around 400 hundred armed goons of the Kaar Sewa sect headed by Baba Jagtar Singh had destroyed the historic Darshani Deodi of Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib on March 30.

Later, Baba Jagtar Singh had tendered an apology to the Sikh community while claiming of having permission to demolish the Darshani Deodi by recalling the resolution passed by the SGPC in July last year.

Although the SGPC’s executive committee had paused that resolution in October last year but the Manager as well as the Kaar Sewa sect succeeded in keeping their safe sides as they were not given any intimation in written.

Hoepertingen: Kasteelstraat and Kruispunt – Sint-Truiden NMBS

Hoepertingen Kasteelstraat and Kruispunt
26 March 2019

Kasteelstraat – nice garden

Specially for my friend Kabir who works for the Centrale

Waiting for bus 23A to Sint-Truiden

Sint-Truiden NMBS
26 March 2019

Train to Hasselt and Genk

Track 1 and 2

The second platform is only used during rush hour

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

News Shopper – New Gurdwara in Belvedere set to be given go-ahead

Tom Bull

Belvedere – Kent – UK, 04 April 2019. Plans for a new Gurdwara in Belvedere have taken a major step forward after getting the backing of council officers.

Proposals to demolish and rebuild a traditionally styled Gurdwara in Lower Road were submitted last year.

The current Gurdwara is formed of a converted warehouse, which would be bulldozed in place of the new Gurdwara with 47 parking spaces.

It is a revised scheme that the applicant says is friendlier to neighbouring properties than a previous 2015 plan.

Officers have now backed the new Gurdwara, recommending councillors to pass the plans at a meeting next week, despite 60 objections from neighbours.

Concerned residents say the Gurdwara is poorly designed, and would be over-development and increase parking and traffic in the area.

However, along with the objections, more than 200 people have written to the council to support the new Gurdwara, including MP Teresa Pearce, who wrote: “I believe the revised proposal is a marked improvement over that approved in 2015.

“The design is more aesthetically pleasing, does not increase the footprint and feels more harmonised with the immediate vicinity and the wider local area.

“This is achieved because the proposed building is two storeys high, rather than the previous four storey design, and increases the distance between the Gurdwara and its neighbours.”

In their report, council planners said: “It is acknowledged that the site as a Gurdwara has been a long-standing place of worship and community centre for over thirty years.

“Therefore, the re-provision of the facility, within a predominantly residential area, and where many of its patrons reside in the immediate local area, albeit is considered acceptable in policy terms.”

The plans, which were revised after Highways England raised concerns over parking, also include room for classrooms that can be used for community activities.

Guru Nanak Darbar
31 Mitchell Close, Belvedere
Kent DA17 6AA

Dawn – Sahiwal encounter case: ATC to hear plea to remove terrorism clause from FIR

Mian Ramzan

Sahiwal – Panjab – Pakistan, 04 April 2019. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Sahiwal on Thursday admitted for hearing a plea filed by the suspects in the Sahiwal encounter case, in which the latter have petitioned the court to remove Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) from the first information report (FIR) of the incident.

The petition will be heard on April 8.

Another case regarding the alleged encounter is also being heard by the ATC, but no one has been indicted yet. As per Section 32-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the court will have to pass a verdict on the appeal for the removal of Section 7 from the FIR of the incident before indicting anyone in the main case.

A hearing of the main case was also held today and the six officials who have been nominated were produced before the ATC.

In January this year, the accused CTD officials had shot four people dead, including a teenage girl and her parents. The officials had claimed that the victims were killed in an ‘encounter’, but their statement was called into question after two children, who were also in the car at the time of the incident, said that the family, along with one of their neighbours, were going to attend a wedding.

The officials then said that they had received a report that the fourth victim, Zeeshan, the family’s neighbour who was driving the car, was affiliated with a terrorist outfit. Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat had subsequently termed the killing of the parents and their teenage daughter as “collateral damage”.