Tolo News – Forty-seven people rescued from Taliban prisons in Baghlan, Kunduz

The operations were carried out by special units of the Afghan Army and the Afghan Police in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces

Baghlan / Kunduz – Afghanistan, 11 June 2019. Forty-seven prisoners were released from Taliban prisoners in Afghan forces operations in northern Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.

In the operation in Baghlan, 34 people were rescued from a Taliban prison. The operation was carried out by the police on Monday night, the provincial police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Seven army soldiers, seven policemen, three NDS personnel and 17 civilians were among those freed, Baghlan police said in a statement.

In a separate operation by Afghan Army’s Special Unit in northern Kunduz province, 13 people were rescued, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes as the Afghan government released 38 Taliban prisoners in Herat and another 170 inmates of the group in Kabul on Monday.

The Taliban prisoners were released on the order of President Ghani as he announced earlier this month that up to 900 Taliban prisoners were released as part of a goodwill gesture for peace.

The move, however, has faced criticism by analysts who say it is a unilateral decision., Kathua rape murder case verdict: Three sentenced for life, three for 5 years, one acquitted

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Pathankot – Panjab – India, 11 June 2019. On June 10, the Pathankot Court convicted six of the seven accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. Those convicted include former revenue official Sanji Ram, Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, two investigating officers, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta and a civilian, Parvesh Kumar.

Sanji Ram, the village head and the caretaker of the temple where the minor was gang-raped, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar have been sentenced to life imprisonment of 25 years. The other three accused, Tilak Raj, Anand Dutta and Surender Verma were sentenced to five years in jail for destroying crucial evidence in the case.

The special court acquitted Sanji Ram’s son Vishal due to lack of evidence. The eighth accused, a juvenile, will be tried at a juvenile court. His trial is yet to begin as a petition to determine his age is awaiting judgment in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Meanwhile, the Dal Khalsa has expressed dissatisfaction over the Pathankot court’s verdict.

Commenting on the Pathankot court’s judgment on the Kathua rape-murder case, the Dal Khalsa has said the punishment addressed to three prime accused convicted for rape and murder was inadequate. The organization refuses to term the verdict full and final justice to Asifa, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in captivity.

The Punishment for life is not commensurate with the enormity of the crime, said leader of Sikh organization in a statement.

“The convicted persons deserved death sentence or life sentence till death as their act was barbaric and beastly and no less punishment would provide sense of relief to the victim and her family,” said party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh.

He, however said the verdict was a big slap on the faces of those politicians including the BJP, who by holding Tricolor defended the perpetrators, threatened the lawyers and derided the legal system.

Kathua Rape Murder Case Verdict: Three Sentenced for Life, Three for 5 years, One Acquitted

Gent: De Koer Iftar and Sint-Baafshuis interconvictional dialogue and Iftar

De Koer – Iftar
18 May 2019

Sudanese Sufi musicians
Although the iftar was organised by the Sudanese community, Muslims and Non-Muslims from various countries attended

Interconvictional Dialogue and Iftar
21 May 2019

Organised by Profundo (Orbit VZW), Voem, IJD and De Centrale

Evi opens the door

On the left Tina de Gendt, moderator
On the high stools from left to right the Buddhist, the Muslim, the Protestant (VPK), the Roman Catholic and the Humanist representatives

Apart from the ‘ordinary’ participants there were, amongst others, two schepenen (alderman, both female), the mayor of Gent and the RC Bishop of Gent (neither of them female).

Not jam-packed but most of the 100 seats provided were occupied

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Associated Press of Pakistan – British Sikh businessmen to donate Rs 96.5 billion to upgrade religious sites in Pakistan

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 11 June 2019. The Peter Virdee Foundation (PVF) and some Sikh businessmen living in the United Kingdom have announced to donate £500 million (Rs 96.5 billion ) to upgrade their religious sites in Pakistan.

The commitment was made by the PVF, a non-governmental organization working for marginalized section of the society, in a meeting with Chairman National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari in London.

Zulfikar Bukhari, talking to APP by phone from London on Tuesday said the PVF’s announcement for setting up the £500 million fund depicted how the government was channelising available resources for promoting religious tourism effectively.

British Sikh businessmen to donate Rs 96.5 billion to upgrade religious sites in Pakistan

The Hindu – Police arrest accused in Govind Pansare murder case

Also involved in rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s murder.

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Pune – Maharashtra – India, 11 June 2019. A local court in Kolhapur on Tuesday directed Sharad Kalaskar, named by Central Bureau of Investigation as one of the killers of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, to be remanded in seven-day police custody till June 18 in connection with the 2015 murder of senior Communist leader and writer Govind Pansare.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Pansare’s murder got Mr Kalaskar’s custody from Mumbai unit of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday and produced him before the Kolhapur court.

The SIT, through Mr Kalaskar’s custody hopes to shed more light on the murder. The police said investigations had established that he manufactured firearms in Kolhapur and Belagavi and they needed to further probe his role in the meetings hatched to plot Pansare’s murder.

The Mumbai ATS had first arrested Mr Kalaskar along with fringe right-wing activist Vaibhav Raut from Nallasopara in Mumbai on August 10 last year for allegedly planning disruptive activities in several parts across the State.