The News – Security arrangements for Sikh pilgrims reviewed

Rawalpindi – Panjab – Pakistan, 13 April 2019. Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Region Ahmed Ishaq Jahangir visited Gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hassanabdal and reviewed security arrangements for Sikh pilgrims during the upcoming festival.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, he expressed satisfaction over security arrangements and directed concerned to further enhance the security to avoid any untoward incident.

RPO assured that protection of worship places is the top most priority of police department adding that Sikh pilgrims are welcomed to come to Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

All out efforts are being made to provide foolproof security to the Sikh pilgrims, as they are our worthy guests, he added.

Earlier, DPO Attock Syed Nadeem Bukhari briefed the RPO about the security plan for Sikh pilgrims.

As many as 1100 well equipped cops of Rawalpindi police would be deployed at Gurdawara Panja Sahib in Hassanabadal.

The Tribune – Removing Khalistani extremist references detrimental to both India and Canada: Amarinder

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 14 April 2019. Joining protests against Canadian government’s decision to remove all references to Khalistani extremism in its 2018 report on terrorist threats, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Sunday that the move was “a threat to Indian and global security”.

Captain Amarinder expressed shock at the ruling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government’s decision saying it was “an unpardonable act in the eyes of the peace-loving global community” that was “protecting its political interests” in a year of elections.

He also warned that the development could have serious consequences for Indo-Canadian relations in the long run.

“Trudeau was playing with fire with his decision to assuage inflamed domestic passions through this ill-considered move,” he added, adding that he had given proof of Canadian soil being used to spread the separatist Khalistani ideology during Trudeau’s visit to India.

“Such an act amounted to endorsement of the terror activities and de facto promotion of extremism, said Captain Amarinder, condemning outright the selective changes made by the Canadian government in its report on threats.

“Only references with respect to Khalistan and related terms had been targeted by Trudeau administration,” he noted, adding that it appeared to be a clear case of the Canadian government giving in to political compulsions.

“It was obvious that Trudeau had played safe in view of the upcoming elections in Canada, giving in to pressure within his country.

In the process, he had quite blatantly ignored the adverse impact this could have not only on Canada’s relations with India but also on geopolitical stability,” Amarinder Singh said, saying the decision would be detrimental to the interests of both India and Canada.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada will face elections later this year.

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The News – Panjab Chief Minister greets Sikh Yatris

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 14 April 2019. Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has returned to Lahore from Islamabad on Saturday. He had gone to Rawalpindi on Friday through a train where he laid foundation stone of Government Post Graduate College for Women, Railway Road and up-gradation of the Satellite Town Post Graduate College to a woman university.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has congratulated Sikh community on the Baisakhi festival. In his message, he said Baisakhi is event of joyousness for the Sikh community and this event reflects culture of Sikhs. He said service to the Sikh community on Baisakhi is ‘our moral, religious and constitutional responsibility, and we will provide peaceful environment to the Sikh community on Baisakhi’.

Attention is being paid on the look after of religious places of Sikhs and their beautification. He said brotherhood and solidarity are promoted by taking part in the festivals of each other. We share joys of Sikhs on Baisakhi.

Usman Buzdar said ‘we welcome Sikh community on Baisakhi celebrations in Panjab and we share their felicitations’. All-out facilities will be provided to Sikhs on Baisakhi and we take pleasure in providing services to Sikhs. He said the constitution of Pakistan gives equal rights to all minorities and new Pakistan is running on principles of tolerance, brotherhood and harmony.

He said the government under PM Imran Khan has taken serious measures to open Kartarpur Corridor. He said the PTI believes in religious harmony and freedom, and Sikh visitors will bring message of love and brotherhood with them.

APP adds: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday sought report within seven days from Panjab Food Minister and Panjab Food Authority DG on hardships being faced by small traders of southern Punjab in depositing amount of fine at Panjab Food Authority office in Lahore.

The action was taken following the briefing and application by member of Chief Minister Task Force on Foods and Pesticides Dr Waseem Hassan Langrial to the Chief Minister on the issue faced by hundreds of small traders of Multan, Bahawalpur and DG Khan Divisions of southern Punjab.

Talking to the media on the occasion, Dr Waseem Hassan Langrial said the PTI government believes in resolving the issues of people and providing them facilities on their doorsteps.

He said the CM has directed the authorities concerned to provide local facility of fine deposit for traders of southern Punjab, which is a gift PTI government for the people of the area.

The Hindu – Kabul gives Imran Khan the cold shoulder

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s repeated remarks on the peace process have been perceived in Afghanistan as an attack on its sovereignty.

Ruchi Kumar

Kabul – Kabul Province – Afghanistan, 13 April 2019. For the fourth time in less than two months, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on the peace process have not only made the Afghan government protest, but also caused outrage among Afghans across the political spectrum.

In the first week of April, during a rally in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, Mr Khan reiterated an earlier comment that he termed a “brotherly advice” to Afghanistan, he sought the formation of an interim government to negotiate peace with the Taliban in the war-torn country.

In response, the Afghan Foreign Ministry summoned a Pakistani envoy, seeking an explanation for Mr Khan’s remarks. “These remarks are against good neighbourly relations and international law. We always protest against such comments.

Pakistan’s leadership has to respect Afghanistan as a sovereign and independent country. We hope they will change their mind,” Sibghatullah Ahmadi, spokesperson at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the media on Monday.

Mr Khan had made a similar comment in an interview with Express Tribune that was published in March, where he had blamed the Afghan government over what he perceived as a failure of the talks process.

“The Afghan government was a hurdle in peace process that was insisting that the Taliban should talk to it,” he told the newspaper, adding that the reason Pakistan cancelled talks with the Taliban was because of the Afghan government’s objections.

Earlier in the same month, at a rally in Bajaur in northwestern Pakistan, Mr Khan assured the locals there that a “good government will come in Afghanistan”, remarks that were not taken too kindly by the Afghan government.
Recall of Ambassador

In February, Afghanistan sent a letter to the UN Security Council, raising concerns on a scheduled meeting between the Pakistani government and the insurgent group. Tensions later escalated to the extent of Afghanistan recalling its Ambassador Atif Mashal from Pakistan.

Mr Khan’s most recent comments have also received an extremely strong backlash from the Afghans. “Imran Khan’s repeated interferences in Afghanistan’s internal affairs is a grave violation of the United Nations Charter. All nations must respect our sovereignty,” stressed Spozhmai Stanikzai, a former Afghan diplomat, to this writer.

“We all must respect our Constitution, which is the supreme law of Afghanistan, and allow our legitimate government to decide about such issues,” she urged.

Afghans have expressed concerns over what they see as Pakistan’s repeated attempts to influence the Afghan peace deal. “There is a belief that a weak Afghanistan is a strong Pakistan and Iran and a strong Afghanistan is a weak Pakistan and Iran,” said Idrees Stanikzai, an Afghan politician from Kabul.

Like many Afghans, Mr. Stanikzai strongly protested the idea of an interim government, fearing that it will affect the gains and developments made in the last 18 years after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

“The proposed interim government will have all parties in the government, including the Taliban, who are under the control of Pakistan’s leadership. Such a set-up is a win for Pakistan and the USA and a loss for Afghanistan,” he said, urging all Afghan parties to stand against the proposal.

Echoing Mr Stanikzai’s concerns, Amar Sinha, former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, remained cautious of Pakistan’s intentions.

“At one level, it reveals the real intention of Pakistan, to have a destabilised Afghanistan and a weak government there so that the Pakistan military and the ISI could have a sway over Kabul, however untenable that may be. At another level, it also reveals a growing nervousness in Pakistani leadership about the peace process actually succeeding and not playing according to [its] script, hence these attempts to muddy the waters,” he said.

“India is quite clear in its support for democracy and its institutions built painstakingly over the last 17 years and would not want that the baby is thrown out with the bathwater,” Mr Sinha added. “This is about nation-building that happens incrementally. It is not a game of snakes and ladders that each time you start from scratch,” he added.

Ruchi Kumar is a freelance journalist based in Kabul.