Tolo News – Pakistan Bars PTM Leaders’ Trip to Kabul for Inauguration: PTM

“We are going back as we were not allowed to fly to Kabul. FIA told us quite explicitly that the military has barred us from leaving the country”

Kabul – Afghanistan, 09 March 2020. On Sunday, Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leaders Ali Wazir and Mohsen Dawar, who were “invited formally by President Ghani for the oath-taking ceremony,” were “stopped from leaving for Kabul at the Islamabad airport,” PTM members tweeted.

Later in the day, Mohsin Dawar tweeted: “We are going back as we were not allowed to fly to Kabul. FIA told us quite explicitly that the military has barred us from leaving the country. This is what elected Pashtun MNAs have to go through in Pakistan. This is the fate of an elected Pashtun representative in Pakistan.”

He also tweeted: “Sending best wishes to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on his reelection and thanks to all the Afghans who invited us and those who were waiting to welcome.

Also thanks to the Afghan Ambassador in Pakistan, Mashal Atif, for his efforts to resolve this issue.”

The PTM held a large, peaceful protest in January and demanded their ethnic and territorial rights from the Pakistani government, and called for a broader international movement. Pakistan responded with the arrests of PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen, who is now released on bail but still facing charges, as well as others.

PTM is a Pashtun-rights group that has called for the de-mining of the former tribal areas and greater freedom of movement within tribal areas. It has called for an end to “extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and unlawful detentions,” according to reports.

According to PTM members, almost 30,000 people from the two provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan, have gone missing over the past 10 years.

https://tolonews.com/world/pakistan-bars-ptm-leaders%E2%80%99-trip-kabul-inauguration-ptm

Sikh24.com – Sri Muktsar Sahib goes solar, new trees being planted to purify the environment

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 08 March 2020. The campaign of installing solar and planting various types of plants in the parikarma of Sri Darbar Sahib Muktsar Sahib has been on-going since 03 March.

Sant Seva Singh of Khadoor Sahib and Chief Secretary of SGPC Dr Roop Singh had started this campaign to beautify the parikarma of the holy shrine while promoting purification of the environment through plants.

Speaking with Sikh24, Dr Roop Singh said that this project was initiated for the purification of the environment. “As part of this project, various fruit and floral plants will be planted here over the next few days,” he added.

Various Sikh and SGPC leaders were present at the time when the campaign was started.

Sri Muktsar Sahib Goes Solar, New Trees Being Planted To Purify The Environment

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The Hindustan Times – 194-kg heroin haul: Congress councillor’s son took Rs 1.5 lakh for stashing drugs at Amritsar house: STF

The son of a Congress councillor from Amritsar took ₹1.5 lakh for storing a consignment of heroin, which was later seized from an Akali leader’s house, at his family residence on Majitha road in the city for a month, the Punjab Police’s anti-drug special task force (STF) claimed to have found in its probe.

Sahil Sharma, whose father Pardeep Sharma is Congress councilor from ward number 52, had surrendered in an Amritsar court on March 2, over a month after remaining underground.

The STF on January 31 recovered 194-kg heroin from local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Anwar Masih’s house that was purportedly taken on rent by the accused in the Sultanwind area of Amritsar.

The racket members had allegedly even set up a laboratory in the house to refine the heroin and increase its volume by using chemicals, the task force had said.

A senior STF official said, “Sahil came in contact with Sukhbir Singh, one of the key accused in the case, at a wedding function. Sukhbir later sought his help in hiding the contraband and paid him ₹1.5 lakh in three installments.”

“Sahil also transported the contraband in his car to Masih’s house after it was kept in his Majitha Road residence. He is still being questioned. More revelations are expected,” he added.

Sahil’s father Pardeep joined the probe after the STF issued him a notice in February. Pardeep claimed the house no more belonged to him as he gave it to his wife five years ago after they got divorced. He also claimed to have no link with his son.

Sahil is in STF custody till 14 March.

After the recovery, the STF had sent a contraband sample to the food and drug testing laboratory, Khara, Amritsar. “We have received the report that says the sample contained 100% pure heroin,” said STF assistant inspector general (AIG) Rashpal Singh.

Extradition process of kingpin Sandhu begins

AIG Rashpal said they have initiated the process of extraditing the racket kingpin, Simranjit Singh Sandhu of Amritsar and an Australian passport holder. Sandhu was detained in Italy on the basis of a red-corner notice issued by the Interpol on the request of Gujarat’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS).

“Our investigation is almost complete. We will file the chargesheet in court soon. We have also initiated the process of formalities for sending the case to the central government to get Sandhu extradited,” he said.

Sandhu is wanted by the Gujarat ATS in the smuggling of 300kg heroin that was allegedly offloaded at Mandavi in the state before being transported to Punjab in truckloads of cumin in 2018.

Earlier, an STF official had said the racket members had already smuggled 700 kg heroin to Punjab.

Recently, the Gujarat police arrested Karim Muhammad, Sunil and Rajak, all residents of the western state, in the case. “The three were arrested for transporting heroin to Punjab. We have already filled an application in court seeking their production warrant,” AIG Rashpal said.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/194-kg-heroin-haul-cong-councillor-s-son-took-1-5-lakh-for-stashing-drugs-at-amritsar-house-stf/story-JXVz6XYx7lXoQgFZlp6CFP.html

The Print – Congress is failing in its historic duty, and also standing in the way of defeating BJP

The real question is not whether Jyotiraditya Scindia betrayed Congress or whether the Nehru-Gandhi party failed him. The crisis is much deeper.

Yogendra Yadav

Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh – India, 11 March 2020. The real question about the drama unfolding in Madhya Pradesh is not the ethics of how a dynast has treated a feudal lord, or whether Jyotiraditya Scindia betrayed the Congress, or whether the Congress failed him. These questions invite us to be vicarious participants in the durbar intrigues and make us lose perspective.

There is little to debate about the young Maharaja’s motives of shifting from the Congress to possibly the BJP. The calculus of political opportunism explains it fully. It would be a waste of time to expose Scindia’s hypocrisy.

Similarly, it is pointless to ask if the Congress handled the situation well. Something has to be wrong with a party that manages to lose key assets at a time when it desperately needs to conserve and rebuild.

The BJP’s role in this sordid game needs no interpretation: the regime is out to decimate any opposition at any cost and would not allow any compunction, convention or the Constitution to come in the way.

Make no mistake about it: the Congress is imploding and everyone inside seems to be a spectator. When party leaders take to media editorials to make suggestions to their own party, you know that the party is in a free fall. The question we should be asking is this: is the unravelling of the Congress party something to worry about for those who are not party insiders? If yes, what is to be done?

Congress is failing in its historic duty, and also standing in the way of defeating BJP