The Hindustan Times – Amritsar turns into fortress ahead of Bluestar anniversary

On the anniversary of Operation Bluestar in 2014, a clash between radical Sikh activists and the task force of the SGPC had taken place in which several people were injured in the Golden Temple complex.

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 06 June 2019. Amritsar turned into a fortress on Wednesday with security being beefed up in the city on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the Operation Bluestar to prevent any untoward incident.

Operation Bluestar was a military action ordered by then PM Indira Gandhi to flush out Sikh militants holed up in Harmandr Sahib Complex in Amritsar. The operation that was carried out between June 1 and June 8, 1984 claimed several lives and left the shrine damaged.

Around 5,000 police and six companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the city amid apprehensions that various separatist Sikh outfits may create trouble on Thursday at the Golden Temple complex.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Gobind Singh Longowal sought cooperation of the various Sikh organisations and devotees to observe the anniversary peacefully.

In 2014, a clash between radical Sikh activists and the task force of the SGPC had taken place in which several people were injured in the Golden Temple complex.

In view of a shutdown call given by the Dal Khalsa, a separatist outfit, in Amritsar on Thursday, the police have made security arrangements. CCTV cameras have been installed at vulnerable points to keep an eye on potential trouble makers.

“We have deployed adequate security in the city and no one will be allowed to disrupt peace,” said Amritsar commissioner of police SS Srivastva said.

“I along with around 600 cops will remain present on the premises of the Golden Temple,” said additional deputy commissioner of police Jagjit Singh Walia.

Flag marches were also conducted by the police, along with the paramilitary forces, at several places. The police also busted a few terror modules which allegedly operated at the behest of foreign handlers to cause communal disturbances.

Meanwhile, the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, said the Centre should apologise for the Operation Bluestar. “A resolution should be passed in Parliament acknowledging that what the then government had done in 1984 was a mistake,” said the jathedar on Wednesday.

The Tribune – Mirwaiz for resumption of India – Pakistan talks

Tribune News Service

Jammu – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 05 June 2019. Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday called for the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan. “Confidence-building measures can be a starting point for the resolution of all issues amicably,” he stated.

Delivering the Eid sermon at the historic Jamia Masjid in the old city’s Nowhatta area here, Mirwaiz said, “Such measures could be a starting point which will pave the way for resolution of all issues amicably, including long-standing Kashmir issue, which is lingering for the past 70 years”.

Mirwaiz reiterated the stand of Kashmiri leadership to help bridge the divide between India and Pakistan, which was “imperative for the resolution of Kashmir issues and to devise a mechanism for dialogue and deliberations”.

“The Kashmir issue needs a peaceful and political solution. We are ready to extend a helping hand and support a peaceful dialogue between the two countries,” he maintained.

Demanding the opening of the traditional routes to facilitate travel and trade and the contact between families and friends of divided parts of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said: “All natural routes of divided Jammu and Kashmir should be reopened so that people are allowed to connect to their loved ones”.

He hoped that New Delhi’s new ruling dispensation would take positive steps for the resolution of the basic political problem in the state and would work for its redressal to end uncertainty once and for all.

Meanwhile, Eid-ul-Fitr, like in other parts of the country, was celebrated with religious gaiety and fervour across Kashmir.

The largest gathering of men and women to offer Eid prayers was witnessed at the historical Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. Special arrangement was made by Auqaf Anjuman Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, to facilitate devotees who came from different parts of the Valley to offer prayers on the occasion.

BSF, Rangers exchange sweets on LoC

Jammu/Rajouri – The Army and Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged Eid greetings and sweets with their Pakistani counterparts at different locations along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The BSF and Pakistan Rangers greeted each other and exchanged sweets on the International Border of Jammu in Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura and Pragwal sectors. “The border forces are committed to maintaining peaceful atmosphere and harmonious relations,” a BSF spokesperson said.

In Poonch, the Indian and Pakistan armies exchanged sweets at Chakan Da Bagh on the LoC. The gate was opened for about 5 minutes at 11.30 am. A six-member Indian side was led by Major Vignesh while Pakistan army’s team was led by Captain Idrees.

Last time, the sweets were exchanged in August and November last year on the occasions of Eid-al-Azha and Diwali festivals, respectively. “No sweets were exchanged on the occasion of India’s Republic Day on January 26 as the Pakistan army had resorted to heavy firing with small arms and shelling by mortars from January 24 and 27,” said sources.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Mechelen NMBS

16 May 2019

Doubledecker train to Tongeren

All stations to Lokeren

IC to Leuven via Mechelen

Mechelen NMBS
16 May 2019

All stations to Halle

All stations to Halle

IC to Gent-Sint-Pieters

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Man in Blue

Sikh Federation UK – UK Sikhs come together to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Operation Bluestar

Last Sunday, tens of thousands of Sikhs gathered in London to join the 1984-35 Years Remembrance March and Freedom Rally organised by the Federation of Sikh Organisations (FSO). The Sikh Council UK would like to thank all the sangat that attended and express gratitude towards Gurdwaras across the nation that organised transport and supported the event.

The attack on Sri Harmandr Sahib (the holiest shrine of Sikhs) in 1984 changed the course of modern Sikh history. Thirty-five years later, such a vast gathering in the country’s capital stands testimony to the unity of Sikhs in their pain over the injustices perpetrated by the Indian Government.

In 2014, the release of previously classified documents revealed the involvement of the British Government with the Indian State during the events of 1984. This served as a chilling shock to the British Sikh community who pressured the government to give answers.

Former PM, David Cameron carried out a review lead by Sir Jeremy Heywood to examine the alleged collusion of his late predecessor: Margaret Thatcher. However, the findings of this review have since been rejected as a ‘whitewash’ by a number of Sikh organisations.

SCUK Secretary-General Jatinder Singh alongside representatives of various Sikh organisations and human rights activists spoke about injustices against Sikhs as well as the need for a public inquiry of the British Government involvement in 1984.

SCUK also applauds the efforts of long-standing member Justice A S Choudhry for his latest publication: Sikh Genocide 84 which amongst much else serves as a source of reference to historians and researchers.

This book contains one of the most comprehensive collections of media reports surrounding 1984. Another book, The Sikh Martyrs – Volume One, was released this Sunday and is an anthology of biographies relating to important personalities in modern Sikh History. Both of these literary contributions serve as a fitting and active tribute to the events of June 1984.

Finally, we would like to encourage all Sangat to support and watch the upcoming documentary: “Punjab Disappeared” that is being showcased in 5 cities across the UK in a national tour this month.

Continuing the legacy of Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra, this project has been produced by Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP), a non-political group uncovering evidence of several thousand ‘enforced disappearances’ in Punjab (presently 8257 cases).

Please note: SCUK is the largest representative body of Sikhs in the UK. The views and opinions reflected in any promoted material may not be fully endorsed by SCUK. Our role is to encourage and promote the production and distribution of any project or material that supports our overall panthic ethos and the interests of Sikhs in the UK.

Sukhjeevan Singh Kandola
Spokesperson, Sikh Council UK

Gursevek Singh
Chair of Media & Communications, Sikh Council UK

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Dawn – Enraged mob attempts to lynch spiritual healer’s killers

Our Staff Reporter

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 04 June 2019. The killing of a local spiritual healer in Green Town late on Sunday created a massive law and order situation when an enraged mob attacked a police van to get custody of the three suspected murderers from police.

Police came under attack by hundreds of charged locals shortly after the suspects stabbed to death spiritual healer Zafar Shah.

The suspects tried to enter the residence of Shah in Feroz Park while chasing a man who took shelter in his house. Accompanied by some locals, including women, the suspects claimed that the man they were chasing had a dispute with them.

A police official claimed that Shah stopped the suspects from entering his house as his family was present inside. When a woman along with some locals tried to force her entry into the house, Shah allegedly slapped her. This led to a brawl between the two sides, the official said, adding that one of the ‘intruders’ got furious and stabbed Shah to death.

Police van attacked, security personnel rescue suspects from hundreds of locals

The news of the murder created unrest in the area as Shah’s relatives and hundreds of locals gathered on the spot. They managed to capture three suspects involved in the killing and subjected them to severe torture.

After receiving a call, police personnel rushed to the site followed by officials of the Police Response Unit, who rescued the suspects from the mob and shifted them into a police van.

The situation turned ugly when dozens more locals joined in and surrounded the police van carrying the suspects. They burst the tyres of the van, damaged windows and tried to get the custody of the suspects.

A heavy contingent of police from nearby police stations, led by two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), reached the spot to control the law and order situation. The DSPs informed the high-ups about the sensitivity of the matter and Saddar Superintendent of Police (SP) Ahsan Saifullah also reached there with more personnel.

A high alert was declared in the area by deploying armed personnel around the police van carrying the three suspects.

However, the official said, the SP engaged the mob in talks and shifted the suspects to a police station.

Later, Shah’s body was shifted to city morgue for autopsy after lodging a murder case against the suspects.