Tolo News – Afghan ambassador threatens to shut down consulate in Peshawar

Mashal protests the removal of the Afghan flag from the Firdous market by Pakistani police.

Peshawar – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 11 October 2019. Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Shukrullah Atif Mashal, issued a statement on Friday threatening to shut down the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar because of the alleged removal of the Afghan flag on Afghan-owned property by Pakistani police.

The statement said that on Thursday night the Pakistani police entered the Firdous market in Peshawar city and closed the market, which, Mashal claims, is the sole property of the Afghan government.

“Over the past few days the Pakistani police have entered the area several times without informing the Afghan embassy, and they have removed Afghanistan’s flag, against diplomatic convention and neighborly manners.”

According to reports, the ownership of the property is disputed, but the Afghan Embassy maintains that the market property belongs to the Afghan government.

On Thursday, Mashal expressed optimism that the incident would not damage relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He claimed that a decision over the property ownership of the Firdous market has been reached between the two governments.

The Tribune – Row deepens, SGPC sends invite to government

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 10 October 2019. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal today extended invitation to the state government for the function being held by it at Sultanpur Lodhi on November 12.

The issue came up for discussion in an informal meeting between the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues here today. Reacting sharply to the move, Cultural Affairs Minister Charanjit Channi said it amounted to showing disrespect to Akal Takht.

“When the Akal Takht Jatehdar has asked for holding joint celebrations, where is the need to hold a parallel function? Despite the adamant attitude of the SGPC, we have not given up. We are still hopeful of holding a common event on November 12,” Channi told The Tribune.

The SGPC yesterday awarded contract to a Delhi firm for setting up its stage. The Punjab Government is already setting up a tent city for the November 12 function.

The SGPC has accused the state of not cooperating. Sources in the government said if the stalemate continued, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi could skip the Sultanpur Lodhi function of both the government and the SGPC to avoid any controversy.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is learnt to have requested the latter to intervene and prevail upon the Badals and the SGPC to agree to a joint function. Instead, the PM could go to the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, said sources.

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The Hindu – Delegation of Muslim spiritual leaders to visit Jammu and Kashmir

Jaipur – Rajastan – India, 10 October 2019. The delegation members are from Rajasthan, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Bihar.

A delegation of Sufi leaders and spiritual heads of various shrines across the country will visit Jammu and Kashmir between October 12 and 14 to meet the locals and assess the ground situation there.

The spiritual head of Ajmer dargah, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, has taken the initiative to send the delegation comprising 18 members that will be led by his son Nasiruddin Chisty.

“Kashmir has been a sufferer of false propaganda which is executed against India from across the border. I felt the necessity that we should interact with Kashmiri people, particularly youths, and work for prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

Therefore the decision to send a delegation to J&K was taken,” the Ajmer dargah Deewan said in Ajmer on Thursday.

“We would like to act as a bridge between the Kashmiri (people) and prosperity,” he added.

He said that the Union government and other authorities have been informed about the visit of the delegation, which will leave New Delhi on 12 October.

The delegation members are from Rajasthan, (Ajmer, Jaipur and Jhunjhjunu), Hyderabad, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Bihar.

Mr Chisty said that the delegation members will be interacting mainly with youngsters in Jammu and Kashmir and will assess the ground reality.

Our aim is to build trust among youths and other people and to bring them into the mainstream,” Mr. Chisty said.

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