Tolo News – Negotiations impossible without ceasefire: Ghani

President Ghani says the Afghan government is ready to continue peace negotiations.

Kabul – Kabul Province – Afghanistan, 09 September 2019. President Ashraf Ghani, who addressed a ceremony on the appointment of the new head of the National Directorate of Security, said that the Afghan government is ready to continue peace negotiations, but they are not possible without a ceasefire.

“Our way is clear. We have chosen sustainable and dignified peace and we will not go back,” Mr Ghani said. “Negotiations [with the Taliban] are impossible without a ceasefire.”

He said that the people want peace and that the ownership of the process is by Afghans. “We created national and international consensus on peace. We created the environment for peace, but the Taliban took it wrong,” he said.

Mr Ghani said the Afghan government has a proper plan for peace and is strengthening its regional and international relations in this respect. He said that the Islami Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan forces will not be compromised in the peace process.

Mr Ghani said that the Taliban has safe havens in other countries, without naming a specific country. “If you [the Taliban] will leave these relations, you will be embraced by Afghans. You will be embraced by Afghans if you leave drugs business,” he said.

President Ghani called on all political elites in Afghanistan to show their commitment to the Afghan people and build a proper relationship. He assured the nation that peace will come but it will be a real peace which is the main demand of Afghans.

Mr Ghani said that election is the only solution for “the inherited crisis” of the past four decades. This comes as US President Donald Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban.

His decision was faced with mixed reaction among Afghan politicians and the ordinary Afghans.

https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/negotiations-impossible-without-ceasefire-ghani

The Tribune – Scheduled to meet Akal Takht Jathedar

Worldwide head of Anglican Church (Anglican Communion) Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 08 September 2019. Worldwide head of Anglican Church (Anglican Communion) Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, United Kingdom, will visit Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and other prominent places as part of his programme. He is also scheduled to meet Giani Harpreet Singh, Jathedar, Akal Takht.

The religious leaders are expected to discuss the issues of violence and hatred among people of different faiths and religions.

Bishop of the Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India, Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy, said, “It is not a political visit. He will be meeting community members and visiting prominent places in the city. He will also meet DC Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon on Monday.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, UK, will be accompanied by his wife Caroline Welby along with a six-member delegation.

Organising committee convener Vidhupriya Chakraverty said, “On Tuesday, he will deliver a sermon at the Christ Church, Ram Bagh, followed by a visit to Jallianwala Bagh and Golden Temple and his meeting with Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh.”

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/scheduled-to-meet-akal-takht-jathedar/829767.html

Gentbrugge – Gentbrugse Meersen

Gentbrugse Meersen
20 August 2019


Pictorial

Rozebottels – Rosehips


Scheldedijk


Rocks on each side of the path


Madeliefjes – Daisies


Geboortebos – Birth wood
See also tomorrows pictorial

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

The Statesman – Shiromani Akali Dal targets Kamal Nath as MHA is to reopen 1984 riot cases against him

The Union Home Ministry has cleared a proposal to reopen 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases against alleged involvement of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath by a special investigation team.

New Delhi – India, 09 September 2019. The Union Home Ministry has cleared a proposal to reopen 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases against alleged involvement of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath by a special investigation team. Delhi’s Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said on Monday.

Sirsa tweeted, “A big victory for Akali Dal. SIT Opens case against @OfficeOfKNath for his alleged involvement in 1984 Sikh genocide. Notification issued by MHA upon my submission last year, Case number 601/84 to reopen and consider fresh Evidence against Kamal Nath,” he said in a tweet.

Talking to media on the issue, Sirsa said that two witnesses were ready to depose against the Congress leader. “I request the people who were an eyewitness to Kamal Nath killing Sikhs to come forward and become a witness, there is no need to be scared.”

Shiromani Akali Dal targets Kamal Nath as MHA to reopen 1984 riot cases against him

The Hindu – Deprivation of citizenship must follow the most rigorous procedure available, says Justice Shah

Special Correspondent

New Delhi – India, 08 September 2019. ‘The overriding concern must be fairness, not quickness or efficiency’

“In the context of Assam, as well as in the country, citizenship, as the right to have rights, is one of the most basic, fundamental human rights in modern societies.

Deprivation of citizenship must follow the most rigorous procedure available; the overriding concern must be fairness, not quickness or efficiency,” noted Justice (Retd.) A.P. Shah speaking at the concluding session of the two-day long “people’s tribunal” on ‘Contested Citizenship in Assam: People’s Tribunal on Constitutional Processes and Human Cost’.

‘Humanitarian crisis

“We have heard the views and experiences of people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, and of various leading experts, and we all agree that the NRC has spawned a humanitarian crisis. We worry because there are no signs of this crisis abating,” he added, reading from the “jury report” presented on Sunday.

Stating that a large number of minorities in Assam, whether religious, linguistic or ethnic, have lived with the fear of being told that they don’t belong to India, he said: “They may at any time be marked doubtful (D) voters, and prevented from exercising their franchise.

A local border police constable can again at any time accuse them of being a foreigner and refer the case to a detention centre. Even after the final NRC, there are many demands for selective re-verification of the NRC.”

Also present at the “people’s tribunal” were Justice (Retd.) Kurian Joseph, Justice (Retd.) Madan B. Lokur, Professor Faizan Mustafa and Dr. Syeda Hameed, among others.

Burden of proof

The panel noted that, after hearing the testimonies, they found that the “burden of proof was shifted to the residents to prove that they were citizens; documents such as those of birth, schooling and land-ownership, which impoverished and unlettered rural residents anywhere would find hard to muster, were insisted upon.

Even when documents were produced, they were refused for discrepancies in the English-language spelling of Bengali names, or in ages.”

Professor Mustafa said, “Two very fundamental ideas of India, Akhand Bharat and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, have been violated. How can we agree to treat individuals the way we are treating people in Assam? We have to understand that this is not about inclusion but exclusion and also, this is not about the people but the State.”

Stating that the implication of the human cost has to be considered in this case, Dr Hameed said that what she heard at the “public hearing” was like a stab in the heart.

Edge of razor

“Imagine if what is happening to Assam is extended to the rest of the country, what would it mean for us? I also have strong links with Kashmir and this makes me feel like I am on the edge of a razor. The idea of a nation-state has to be re-thought and we can’t over look the great human cost. The idea is not to exclude and divide,” she said.

“The fear of being excluded from the NRC, being declared as foreigner, and finally being sent to a detention centre, has created a situation of permanent paranoia among vulnerable communities, especially Bengal-origin Assamese Muslims and Bengali Hindus living in the State of Assam.

This fear has pushed the people to a snapping point and many are committing suicide. Women and their children bear a disproportionately higher burden of the process,” noted the group.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/deprivation-of-citizenship-must-follow-the-most-rigorous-procedure-available-says-justice-shah/article29368976.ece