The Hindustan Times – ‘Explain how J&K can really attract investors’: Opposition MPs ask MHA

The tough questions from the MPs came during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliament yesterday when the lawmakers were being briefed by the Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

New Delhi – India, 20 February 2020. The Union Home Ministry was asked by opposition members of Parliament to explain how Jammu and Kashmir could hope to attract investment in the current security situation.

The tough questions from the MPs came during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliament yesterday when the lawmakers were being briefed by the Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

“Speeches don’t attract investment. In addition, infrastructure in J&K also doesn’t support the kind of investment that Centre is talking about”, a senior opposition MP who was at the meeting but didn’t want to be named, said.

Local body elections in J&K scheduled in March have had to be deferred because of security concerns. “The ministry didn’t have a clear answer to these questions. They have, however, assured us that it would come back with details”, the MP said.

Parliament had last August scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into two Union Territories. Immediately after the removal of the special status, curbs on telecom and movement were brought in fearing a law and order flare-up.

Some curbs have been removed since over the past six months. But curbs on telecom still remain.

Recently the Jammu and Kashmir administration released its Information Technology policy to attract investors and has spoken of roadshows in metros to attract investment. Besides. the administration has also been planning an international investors’ meet to attract foreign investors. – UN chief pays obeisance, partakes langar at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib

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Lahore – Panjab – India, 18 February 2020. Mr Antonio Guterres, the chief of United Nations, today paid obeisance at the historic Sikh Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, where Guru Nanak Sahib spent almost the last two decades of his life.

He also partook langar after traversing various parts of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib complex during the afternoon hours.

Highly hailing Pakistan government for opening the Kartarpur corridor, Antonio Guterres said that the Kartarpur Corridor is a practical example of Pakistan’s desire for peace and inter-faith harmony.

Interacting with the media, he said the opening of the corridor is a good step and it will promote tolerance and interfaith harmony. He also appreciated the facilities being provided to Sikh pilgrims at the complex.

He was honored by the PSGPC officials and other Sikh representatives of Pakistan as per Sikh traditions.

UN chief pays obeisance, partakes langar at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib

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The News – Sikh pilgrims meet PBIT chairman

Islamabad – Pakistan, 20 February 2020. A group of 140 Sikh pilgrims, including socialites and investors living in England, met Chairman Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan at a breakfast here on Wednesday.

They discussed matters of mutual interest, investment and tourism in Pakistan with particular reference to religious tourism.

The Sikhs led by Sardar Ranjit Singh Rana, described the opening of the Kartarpur corridor by the incumbent Government as a great step for the Sikhs.

Sardar Ranjit Singh said that the way Pakistan was focusing on Sikh religious tourism, especially by Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan and his company Centaurus, Pakistan would surely become the best place for tourism. “I have been here three times this year and have been hosted by PBIT chairman”, he said.

He said that the Sikh community was grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan, his Government, and Chairman PBIT Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan for their gesture.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan said that the way in which Pakistan’s actions regarding religious freedoms are being appreciated in the world is the core spirit of religion of Islam.

Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized on protection of rights of non-Muslims and made their lives easy,” he said saying that no one could find greater act of tolerance than that.

He said that the honesty and affection shown by Chief of the Army Staff for Navjot Singh Sidhu was widely criticized in India, but General Bajwa fulfilled his promise.” Thanks to their initiative, the dignity of Pakistan has increased in the world,” he said.

He said the Sikh community also stands with Kashmiris all over the world, while it is regrettable that the Modi’s Government attitude towards Muslims in the neighboring country is sad and condemnable.

The Hindu – CAA will adversely impact Muslims in India, says USCIRF

The panel’s report says Act and NRC are based on Hindutva ideology of BJP

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New Delhi – India, 20 February 2020. The new citizenship law of India will adversely impact the Muslim community of the country, a legislative report in the United States has declared.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 and the National Register of Citizenship were based on the Hindutva ideoglogy of the BJP and expressed concern that Muslims may become stateless in India.

“With the CAA in place, Muslims would primarily bear the punitive consequences of exclusion from the NRC which could include statelessness, deportation, or prolonged detention,’ said a new factsheet on CAA produced by USCIRF.

The report also highlighted comments from various members of the BJP, who expressed plans to exclude Muslims from India.

The observations are significant as they come three days before the arrival of President Donald Trump and are amplified by similar concerns that were conveyed to the government by USA Congressmen Ami Bera and George Holding, who met Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Wednesday.

“Hindutva political rhetoric questions the legitimacy of Muslims’ Indian citizenship and perpetuates the further marginalization of this faith community. The BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, for example, promised in 2005 to cleanse India of other religions, calling this the ‘century of Hindutva’,” said the USCIRF.

The document also cited extensively from concerns expressed by the UN reports and observations that have described the controversial CAA as biased against the minority Muslim community of India.