The News – Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest ‘baseless allegations against Sikh community’

Islamabad – Capital Territory – Pakistan, 07 January 2020. Pakistan summoned the Indian Charge d’Affaires Tuesday to protest against “motivated and mischievous allegations” by New Delhi on a dispute that occurred at Nankana Sahib.

On Friday, dozens of demonstrators had protested over alleged unjust treatment of police in a case involving the marriage of a young couple, which was portrayed as a communal issue by the Indian media.

According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summoned the Indian envoy to convey Pakistan’s strong rejection of Indian allegations of “attack”, “vandalism” and “desecration” of the holy Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

“The DG (SA&SAARC) underscored that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to all its citizens and the Government is committed to protecting the rights of minorities, with zero-tolerance against any discrimination,” read the statement.

Pakistan said the motivated reports by India including one about the ‘target killing’ of a Sikh youth in Peshawar were false. Mr Chaudhri urged India to stop pointing fingers at Pakistan and accused New Delhi of attempting to use the allegations to hide the atrocities it was committing in occupied Kashmir.

He urged India to ensure “repeated instances of desecration, hate crimes and mob lynchings” do not take place against minorities and their places of worship.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had condemned the incident and demanded a report on the matter.

The prime minister, in a series of tweets, said that the Nankana incident was “against his vision and will find zero tolerance and protection from the government including police and judiciary”.

“The ongoing attacks across India on Muslims and other minorities is this: the former is against my vision and will find zero tolerance and protection from the government including police and judiciary,” PM Imran tweeted.

The main culprit accused of orchestrating the demonstration near the Sikh holy site in the small town of Nankana Sahib in Punjab was arrested late on Sunday for his role in the affair, according to a representative of the provincial government.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/595033-pakistan-summons-indian-envoy-to-protest-baseless-allegations-against-sikh-community

Sikh24.com – India and Pakistan are both unsafe for Sikhs, says Akal Takht Jathedar

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 06 January 2020. Condemning the recent incident of mob attack on Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib, the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has said that the Sikhs were not safe in India as well as in Pakistan.

He added that the some recent incidents have raised fear in the minds of Sikhs living in India and Pakistan.

Recalling hardships being faced by Sikhs in India, Giani Harpreet Singh said that the Sikhs are facing eviction in Shillong (Meghalaya) as well as in Madhya Pradesh.

“Similar circumstances are there for Sikhs in Pakistan, where they are receiving death threats. In such a situation, we have no hope of justice from any government. Sikhs should stay united to face these things,” he said.

India and Pakistan are both unsafe for Sikhs, says Akal Takht Jathedar

Den Haag (NL) – Melis Stokelaan

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Pieter Friedrich – Tulsi Gabbard campaign violently assaults peaceful protestor

On 8 January 2020 evening, I attended a Concord, New Hampshire town hall for presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and raised signs regarding her association with the Nazi-inspired RSS paramilitary.

I was immediately violently assaulted by Gabbard campaign thugs, who attacked me for quietly and peacefully holding signs reading “Tulsi: Mascot of India’s KKK” and “Tulsi Whitewashes India’s KKK.”

Pieter Friedrich is a South Asian Affairs Analyst who resides in California. He is the co-author of Captivating the Simple-Hearted: A Struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent.

Discover more by him at

www.pieterfriedrich.net

YouTube video on the event :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovV5Omof5Y4&feature=youtu.be

Scroll.in – J&K: 16 foreign delegates to visit today, EU envoys skip ‘guided tour’, say reports

They are expected to hold meetings with civil society groups and journalists, Scroll.in has learnt.

New Delhi – India, 08 January 2020. A delegation of at least 16 officials from several countries are expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning. They are expected to hold meetings with civil society groups and journalists, Scroll.in has learnt.

NDTV reported that members from the European Union will not be a part of this visit as they did not want a “guided tour” of Jammu and Kashmir. They wanted to have the freedom to move freely, sources told the news channel.

Government sources claimed to The Indian Express that European Union diplomats wanted to visit the Union territory as a group, but it was not possible to accommodate all of them. Some EU ambassadors said the visit was taking place at too short a notice “to seek instructions from headquarters”, officials told the newspaper.

A security official in Srinagar told Scroll.in that the officials will be from African and Latin American countries.

This will be the second visit of foreign delegates to Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre abrogated the region’s special status and converted it into two Union Territories in August.

In October, around two dozen members of parliament from the European Union were taken to Kashmir on a highly orchestrated tour. Before that the MPs met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The group of politicians were mostly from far-right nationalist parties. Questions were then raised about who organised the visit.

In November, the Ministry of Home Affairs told Parliament that the delegation was on a “private visit” on the invitation of Delhi-based think-tank International Institute for Non-aligned Studies.

Opposition parties in India had repeatedly targeted the government for facilitating the European politicians’ trip to Kashmir. Many had wondered why they were given such easy access to the region when Indian MPs were facing obstructions while trying to enter Srinagar.

A member of the European Union delegation had then claimed that the group was conscious that “some people were being kept away from us”. Hermann Tertsch of Spain’s Vox Party said the delegation was trying to make sense of what was happening, but did not have enough facts to draw a conclusion.

According to reports, of the 27 MEPs who had arrived in India for the visit, of whom at least four did not visit Kashmir, only three were from Left or liberal parties. Chris Davies, an MP of the United Kingdom’s Liberal Democrats party, had claimed that he too was invited by the Indian government to visit Kashmir but the invitation was withdrawn after he insisted on being allowed to speak freely with local people.

Another European MP had urged the Indian government to allow Indian MPs into Kashmir.

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