The Hindustan Times – Pakistan fan sings ‘Jana Gana’ to support India against England

Ahead of India-England clash, the Pakistan fans have already started expressing their support for the Men in Blue.

New Delhi – India, 30 June 2019. In the sporting world, the India-Pakistan rivalry needs no explanation. And when the two arch-rivals clash on cricket field, it not only ignites emotions and feelings but also attracts eyeballs globally.

However, it will be a rarest of the rare occasion when on Sunday Pakistani fans will cheer and pray for their neighbours, India, who will take on hosts England in a group affair at the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Might be only for a day, but yes, the Pakistani fans have kept the rivalry aside and want India to uproot England from the showpiece event as it would help the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side enter the semi-finals smoothly.

After three consecutive wins, the Green Brigade has climbed to the fourth spot, pushing the hosts to fifth and another loss for England is what every Pakistani fan wants. Ahead of India-England clash, the Pakistan fans have already started expressing their support for the Men in Blue.

Before England’s must-win clash against India, former skipper Nasser Hussain had asked Pakistani fans on Twitter as to which team they would be supporting. “Question to all Pakistan fans, England vs India, Sunday, who are you supporting?” tweeted Hussain on Thursday.

In reply, a Pakistani fan Nasir Ali wrote the Indian national anthem on Twitter: “Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya he Bharata Bhagya Vidhata.”

“Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maratha Dravida Utkala Banga,” he added.

Meanwhile, another Pakistani fan wrote: “Hum tou Abhinandan ko bhi chai pilaatay hain, Kohli tou phir humaaray dilon mai rehta hai. Tum saala gora loag humaari jooti ke neechay. (We even offer tea to Indian Air Force’s wing-commander Abhinandan and Kohli (Virat) rules our heart).

“Definitely backing India for two reasons: 1 – they’re neighbours, 2 – they’re passionate about cricket,” another fan wrote.

Another fan went back to the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against the rule of the British East India Company saying: “1857 ki jang – Azadi hum ne mil kar angrezoo kay khilaf lari thi. (We together fought the 1857 revolt against the Britishers)

“Definitely Neighbours i.e. India. We can choose our friends but not neighbours. India any day over colonial England,” one more fan replied.

Earlier on Saturday, Pakistan had defeated Afghanistan to strengthen their position in the points-table with nine points. The Green Brigade will face Bangladesh in their last group game on July 5 while England has two remaining games against India and New Zealand.

The Tribune – Taliban kills eight election commission employees in Afghanistan

Kabul – Kabul Province – Afghanistan, 30 June 2019. Taliban fighters killed eight election commission employees on Saturday night inside a district centre in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, officials said on Sunday.

The employees of the Independent Election Commission were stationed at the government office in Maruf district to register voters when fighters of the hardline Islamist group launched an attack.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Voem Brussel – Gentbrugge Stelplaats – Gent Zuid

Voem Meeting in Brussel
19 June 2019

Sweets during the meeting and a healthy meal after it

Gentbrugge Stelplaats
20 June 2019

Gentbrugge Stelplaats
Platform for trams to Melle Leeuw

Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw

Tram 4 to Muide

Gent Zuid
20 June 2019

PCC Car to Muide
These trams are now also used on Line 70 in Antwerp

Tram 4 to Korenmarkt

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Hindu – American Sikh activists demand apology from Kamala Harris for defending discriminatory policy in 2011

Washington DC – USA, 30 June 2019. A group of Sikh activists has launched an online petition asking Indian-American Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris to apologise to the community for allegedly defending a discriminatory policy in 2011.

In a statement, the Sikh activists alleged that during her tenure as California’s Attorney General, Harris defended a policy that prohibited state prison guards from keeping beards for religious reasons, even though exceptions were given for medical reasons.

The case settled without a policy change in 2011, prompting the USA Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation and forcing California Sikhs to successfully lobby for stronger workplace religious freedom laws in the state the following year.

Kamala Harris lectures her opponents on civil rights, but she needs to apologise for trampling on the civil rights of Sikh Americans as California’s attorney general, Rajdeep Singh Jolly, a lawyer and political consultant in Washington, DC, said.

He said that Ms Harris denied religious freedom to Sikh-Americans even when the Obama administration was taking historic steps to allow it. While the Obama/Biden administration was taking historic steps to allow observant Sikhs to serve in the USA military, Ms Harris was fighting hard to deny religious freedom and equal opportunity to Sikh Americans, Jolly said.

Winty Singh, author of the American Turban blog and commentator on Sikh American issues, said Ms Harris’ civil rights rhetoric will ring hollow until she addresses her defence of workplace discrimination against Sikhs.

It’s her opportunity now to right that wrong, he said.

The Kamala Harris campaign did not immediately respond to the email sent seeking their reaction on the allegations by the group.

Fifteen PML-N MPAs meet Imran at Banigala: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Ikram Junaidi

Islamabad – Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 30 June 2019. Fifteen members of the Punjab Assembly, belonging to the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, met Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Banigala residence on Saturday and expressed their “full confidence” in the PM and in Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

While the PML-N rejected reports of any such meeting, PM’s special assistant Naeem-ul-Haque confirmed the development in a late-evening Twitter posting, saying: “The hopes of PMLN MPAs from Punjab continue to get shattered with their party as was obvious in their today’s meeting with the PM”.

He confirmed that fifteen MPAs of the PML-N met the PM at Banigala for one and a half hours. “CM Panjab had brought them over. They expressed full confidence in PM and the CM”. However, Mr Haque did not mention the names of any of the 15 PML-N MPA.

PML-N’s information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb rejected reports of a meeting between Mr Khan and some lawmakers from her party, claiming that it was a “stunt that had been pulled by the PTI to divert people’s attention away from the budget, which had been prepared by the International Monetary Fund”.

“Not a single MPA belonging to the PML-N is included in the names reported by the media. We have been waiting for the names of the PML-N MPAs so that we may offer comments on the matter,” she remarked.

Earlier, the prime minister, while chairing a meeting about the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme, described it as the most important project that was aimed to meet housing needs in the country.

“It will not only provide residential facilities to the people but will also play an important role in strengthening the economy,” he said. The government would facilitate both local and foreign businessmen who wanted to invest in the scheme, he said.

Federal Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema, federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari were among those who attended the meeting.

Some PTI members of the National Assembly hailing from southern Punjab also met Mr Khan and discussed different issues with him.

The group included Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Syed Fakhar Imam, Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Ahmed Hussain, Malik Aamir Dogar, Makhdoom Zain Qureshi, Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim, Chaudhry Tahir Iqbal and Aurangzeb Khan.

The delegation congratulated the prime minister on the passage of the budget in the National Assembly.

Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khusro Bakhtiar, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan and State Ministers Hammad Azhar and Shabbir Ali Qureshi were present on the occasion.