The News – Pakistan stresses need for intra-Afghan dialogue to end war

Pakistan has stressed the need to initiate an intra-Afghan dialogue in order to end war in the country.

United Nations – New York – USA, 21 June 2019. Speaking in a debate on the situation in Afghanistan at United Nations Security Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate Afghan government-Taliban peace negotiations.

She said no country other than Pakistan has suffered more from war and foreign intervention in Afghanistan.

She told the 15-member Council that Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his very first address to the nation after his election last year, reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, and that Islamabad played an “active role” towards that objective. – Shillong High Court upholds relief for residents of Punjabi Lane area

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Shillong – Meghalaya – India, 20 June 2019. Taking up the petition against Shillong Municipal Board’s move of serving notices to the Sikhs living in the Punjabi Lane area, the Shillong High Court has sought a reply from the Meghalaya state government in the form of an affidavit. The High Court has also upheld the relief granted to the Shillong resident Sikhs till next orders.

It may be recalled here that the Shillong Municipal Board had served notices to the residents of the Punjabi lane area asking them to produce documents proving their legal right over the respective properties, they own in concerned area.

Sharing the development with media, DSGMC’s legal cell head Advocate Jagdeep Singh Kahlon informed that the petition was taken up for hearing on June 18. “During the hearing, the advocate general of Meghalaya government told the Court that neither the Meghalaya state government is harassing residents of the Punjabi lane area nor they are being evacuated from there,” he said.

He further informed that the Court has directed the Meghalaya state government to submit its reply in the form of an affidavit.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Shillong High Court also conducted hearing on the review petition filed by the Meghalaya government against relief granted to the residents of Punjabi lane area.

During the debate over this review petition, the Harijan Panchayat Committee, the City Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the DSGMC told the Court that the Meghalaya state government doesn’t have any right over the land of Punjabi lane area as this land was allotted to these residents by the King around 200 years ago.

Shillong High Court Upholds Relief for Residents of Punjabi Lane Area

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Sputnik – Norwegian Muslims, Sikhs protest ‘offensive’ ID requirement to show ears

Oslo – Norway, 21 June 2019. Many Muslim women have their ears hidden under a hijab or some other kind of Islamic headdress, while Sikhs wear ear-covering turbans. Baring ears would therefore constitute a “degrading” breach of the tenets of their faith, they argue.

A group of Norwegian Muslims have launched a campaign to remove the requirement for visible ears on passports and ID cards.

A total of 842 responses from organisations and individuals alike were sent to the government to remove the mandatory ear demand, the news outlet Document reported.

“The requirement for visible ears on facial photography is contrary to freedom of religion”, the Muslim Common Council of Rogaland said.

“As a Muslim, I ask the government to change requirement to show the ears in the passport image. We feel that it is very offensive and degrading to have to remove the ears from the hijab as it violates the rights of all Muslim women living here in Norway. We believe that this law limits our freedom”, a typical response from a private person said.

Turban-wearing Sikhs also joined the cause to remove the visible ear requirement. The Sikhs and Punjabis of Rogaland also supported the popular movement.

According to Ingrid Rosendorf Joys, the leader of the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities (STL), the Sikhs are among those particularly affected.

“The requirement for visible ears is a disproportionate intervention in the freedom of religion”, she explained.

In 2014, new rules for passports were introduced in Norway. One of the requirements was that one should have visible ears on one’s photograph. Ears can be of great importance when identifying a person.

“The ears are as unique as fingerprints and only slightly affected by weight changes, makeup and aging. They therefore provide much information that may be important for the manual checking of passport applicants against submitted documentation and previously registered facial photos in the passport register of the same name,” the legal justification for the requirement said.

Back then, a large group of Muslims and Sikhs created the so-called Religious Freedom Group and gathered 3,600 signatures, which were subsequently sent to the Minister of Justice. However, the law was implemented despite the protests.

Norway’s Islamic community has been growing exponentially since the 1960s. At present, Muslims are estimated to constitute 5.7 percent of Norway’s population of 5.2 million.

Norway’s Sikh community is estimated at 5,000, of whom 250 are estimated to wear a turban.

The Hindu – Plaint against rapper for post on RSS chief, UP Chief Minister

‘Hard Kaur had insulted senior leaders’

Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh – India, 20 June 2019. A complaint was submitted here on Thursday against UK-based rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon aka Hard Kaur for an alleged abusive post against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on a social networking platform, police said.

The complaint was submitted at the cyberpolice station in Bandra Kurla Complex by one Sandip Ghuge, who claims to be the president of the BJP Chitrapat (Film) Union, an official said.

The complaint alleged that Ms Kaur had “insulted and abused” the senior leaders.

It said she had no right to abuse the respected personalities without any reason, proof or any justification, the official said.

The complainant has sought action against the singer for misusing the social media platform to “promote hatred by using abusive language.”

Ms Kaur, known for her hit songs like “Glassy” and “Move Your Body,” owns a music label, Future Records.

She has been booked for sedition in Uttar Pradesh for the alleged objectionable remarks against Mr. Bhagwat and Mr. Adityanath.