The Pioneer – UK calls for calm as British MPs divided

London – UK, 07 August 2019. The UK government on Tuesday said that it was monitoring the situation in Kashmir closely and called for calm as the country’s parliamentarians echoed some of the wider divisions over the India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“We are following developments closely and support calls for the situation to remain calm,” said a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson, in reference to the issue which has led British MPs to express both “grave concern” and “strong support”.

The chair of Britain’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir has written to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab to flag the human rights concerns and ask if the UK will be raising the issue at the next UN Security Council in September.

“We are gravely concerned at the announcement by Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah, that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed by Presidential Order,” Debbie Abrahams, an Opposition Labour Party MP and Chair of the APPG on Kashmir, notes in her letter to the FCO minister.

“The unilateral decision made by the Indian government to remove Article 370 betrays the trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, dating back to the accession of 1947, and threatens to escalate tensions in the region even further.

It also contravenes international law,” she said, calling on the senior minister to urgently inform Britain’s MPs of the representations being made by the UK on the issue. Abrahams also issued a letter to the Indian High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam, calling for a meeting to discuss the position of the Indian government even as she drew parallels with the United Kingdom’s own devolved Government with regions such as Scotland.

She called for a “moratorium” to allow the citizens affected by the action to have their say and asked that international observers be sent to the region.

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/india/uk-calls-for-calm-as-british-mps-divided.html

The Tribune – Hold plebiscite in Kashmir says Simranjit Singh

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 06 August 2019. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann and Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh Bittu today urged the United Nations (UN) Security Council to hold plebiscite in Kashmir stating that it had passed a resolution for a plebiscite in 1948.

The supporters of a separate Sikh homeland, Mann and Bittu, in a press conference, termed the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood by the BJP-led government as “appalling”.

“The democratic structure has been hit at its foundations,” Mann said.

Bittu said they would be observing August 15 as a ‘black day’ to protest the injustice being meted out to the minorities. He said peaceful protests would be held at the headquarters of 15 districts in Punjab and in Chandigarh.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/hold-plebiscite-in-kashmir-says-simranjit/813901.html

Gent: Korenmarkt – Vijfwindgatenstraat & Gentbrugge Schooldreef

Korenmarkt
27 July 2019


Temporary commercial enterprises

Vijfwindgatenstraat
27 July 2019


Tram 4 to Muide


Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw


Tram 2 to Melle Leeuw
Long tram of a type usually only seen on Tram 1
and on Tram 4 from UZ to Muide

Gentbrugge Schooldreef
27 July 2019


The same tram in Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge Schooldreef
28 July 2019


The next day, same place, same type of tram

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Financial Express – Ramachandra Guha on Article 370 scrapping

Historian Ramachandra Guha claimed on Monday the notification by President Ram Nath Kovind on revoking Article 370 is similar to the one issued by the then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on imposition of Emergency in 1975.

New Delhi – India, 05 August 2019. Historian Ramachandra Guha claimed on Monday the notification by President Ram Nath Kovind on revoking Article 370 is similar to the one issued by the then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on imposition of Emergency in 1975.

“President Kovind does a Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed,” he said. “This is not democracy, this is authoritarianism, the handiwork of paranoid, insecure rulers who daren’t even have a proper debate inside or outside Parliament,” Guha added.

“A straight question: what do you think of shutting down an entire state and detaining former Chief Ministers before taking a fateful decision that affects that state and its peoples?

What if it was our Karnataka next and not their Kashmir now?” he said in a series of tweets. The Central government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two Union territories.

Meeting a long-held promise of the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, will no longer be applicable. Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.

https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/similar-to-imposition-of-emergency-historian-ramachandra-guha-on-article-370-scrapping/1666709/?fbclid=IwAR3zLKCK9Aty-0m3tL7mJZLFuyygmG-gq7iy2PVXpWlCL0kj4uBG7wmi2rs

The Hindu – Kashmir issue: Pakistan expels Indian envoy, suspends bilateral trade

Islamabad has also decided to review bilateral arrangements with New Delhi and to take the Kashmir issue to the U.N. Security Council.

Mehmal Sarfraz

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 07 August 2019. Pakistan announced August 7 that it is expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with New Delhi, days after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, AFP has reported.

“We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their envoy”, AFP reported Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as announcing in televised comments.

Meanwhile, a government statement declared that Pakistan will suspend trade in a downgrading of diplomatic ties. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office in Islamabad.

According to the official Twitter account of the Government of Pakistan (@pid_gov), the NSC has decided to downgrade diplomatic relations with India, suspend bilateral trade, review bilateral arrangements and take the Kashmir issue to the UN, including the Security Council.

The Committee has also decided to observe August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, “in solidarity with brave Kashmiris”. The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wrote on Twitter that August 15 will be observed as “Black Day”.

“PM has also directed all diplomatic channels to be activated in order to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations. PM directed Pakistani Armed Forces to continue vigilance,” tweeted the party.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Minister for Human Rights, Army chief, DG ISI, DG ISPR and several other senior officials of the military and the government.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/kashmir-issue-pakistan-expels-indian-envoy-suspends-bilateral-trade/article28864283.ece?homepage=true