The Tribune – Police reach Canada to extradite Jassi’s ‘killers’

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Chandigarh, 17 September 2017. A three-member Punjab Police team has reached Vancouver, Canada, for the extradition of two prime accused in the Jassi honour killing case.

The team led by IPS officer Kanwardeep Kaur, posted as SP (Headquarters) in Patiala, would bring back Jassi’s mother Malkiat Kaur (62) and maternal uncle Surjit Singh Badesha (70) to face trial in India for the murder.

The extradition was made possible after the British Columbia Supreme Court ordered the extradition last week — 17 years after the murder.

Jassi and her husband Sukhwinder Singh Mithu of Kaunke Khosa village in Jagraon were attacked on June 8, 2000, near Malerkotla by contract killers allegedly hired by Jassi’s mother and uncle. Jassi died, while Mithu survived.

The police left for Canada last evening after Secretary (Home) Rahul Kumar gave the approval to bring back the accused.

The other members of the police team are Dhuri DSP Akashdeep Singh Aulakh and Inspector Deepinder Pal Singh. Surjit and Malkiat are booked under Sections 302, 307, 364, 148, 149 and 120-B of the IPC.

Jassi, a Canadian-born Indian girl, met Mithu when she visited her uncle in Punjab. It was love at first sight.

Mithu and Jassi belonged to the Sidhu clan, but Mithu’s socio-economic status was lower than the Jassi’s. A huge mansion of Badesha was next to a two-room house of Mithu in Kaunke Khosa.

Also, marriages within a village are mostly unapproved of. But Jassi insisted and married Mithu against the wishes of her family in March 2000.

The couple stayed at various places till 8 June 2000, when 14 contract killers waylaid them near Malerkotla.

Advertisements – Ex-Jathedar Giani Gurmukh Singh submits before Akal Takht’s Panj Pyare

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Badhni Kalan-Panjab-India, 15 September 2017. Former SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh on September 12 appeared before the sacked Panj Pyare (five beloved ones of Guru Sahib) of Sri Akal Takht Sahib to present before them his version of events in the unrequested pardon, granted to Gurmeet Ram Rahim by SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars in September 24.

This occurred in Gurdwara Sangatsar of village Dala.

The SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars granted the pardon on 24 September 2015, in blasphemy charges for imitating the attire of tenth Sikh master Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji in May, 2007. The pardon was later withdrawn under immense pressure built up by Sikh masses.

Interacting with media after appearing before the Panj Pyare, Giani Gurmukh Singh said that he appeared before the Panj after two years. He added that in April, 2017 he made clear before Sikh devotees that he didn’t play any role like arranging the apology letter for the Sirsa cult chief.

He further shared that his name was aired negatively in this issue by government agencies. He added that he didn’t ever met any anti-Sikh elements and if the entire episode of granting pardon to Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim is probed thoroughly the truth will reveal this.

On being contacted by Sikh24, the Panj Pyare, namely Bhai Mangal Singh, Bhai Satnam Singh, Bhai Major Singh, Bhai Sukhwinder Singh and Bhai Tirlok Singh said that Giani Gurmukh Singh had appeared before them on 21 October 2015 at Sri Akal Takht Sahib and at that time he was asked to appear before them on October 23, 2015.

They added that now Giani Gurmukh has appeared before them after such a long delay, his belated decision is still appreciable.

“We will discuss his side and will take decision according to Sikh tenets”, they added.

ANI – Punjab: STF arrests three members of Babbar Khalsa group

Ludhiana-Panjab-India, 17 September 2017. The Special Task Force on Sunday arrested three members of the Babbar Khalsa group from Punjab’s Ludhiana and procurred 2.5 kilos of heroin from them.

The STF arrested Gurlal, who, along with two other men, was going to Firozepur to supply the heroin.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

Babbar Khalsa, an organisation linked to a group that even considers Panjabi cha as a mind changing drug, now involved in drug dealing ? 
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Dawn – NA-120 by-polls: Kulsoom Nawaz victorious according to unofficial results

Lahore-Panjab-Pakistan, 17 September 2017. The compilation of polling results in the NA-120 by-elections started right after voting ended on Sunday evening for the National Assembly seat which was left vacant by Nawaz Sharif’s ouster in the Panama case verdict.

According to the unverified and unofficial results being shared by DawnNews, PML-N’s candidate Kulsoom Nawaz received 61,254 votes while Dr Yasmin Rashid got 47,066 votes from the 220 polling stations in the constituency.

Yaqoob Sheikh, an independent candidate backed by the newly formed Milli Muslim League (MML), stood third according to the provisional results while PPP’s Faisal Mir was fourth.

A close contest was observed between PTI’s candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid and Kulsoom Nawaz.

“Not only have NA-120 voters rejected the Supreme Court’s decision [disqualifying Nawaz Sharif], but also rejected the court’s spokesmen,” Maryam Nawaz Sharif said while speaking to supporters after provisional results showed decisive victory for PML-N.

Speaking from the same balcony in Model Town from which Nawaz Sharif had given his victory speech in 2013, Maryam said: “Voters have given a decision on a decision, which is that our prime minister is still Nawaz Sharif.”
Maryam Nawaz thanks supporters for voting for PML-N as results pour in.

She also alleged that PML-N workers, including a union council (UC) chairman, were picked up and threatened by unknown persons before the elections. However, she said that all UC chairmen remained steadfast and gave her hope when she called them last night.

“You cannot stop people’s power with these tactics,” Maryam warned “those conspiring against the PML-N” without naming anyone. She also thanked the supporters on behalf of Kulsoom and Nawaz Sharif.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan thanked party workers, especially women, “who worked tirelessly in the election campaign,” in a Twitter message. “Applaud courage and determination with which Dr Yasmin Rashid fought NA-120 election against federal, provincial and local government backed PML-N with their massive funds.”

The Tribune – Complaint against suspended AAP MP for sharing ‘objectionable video’ on WhatsApp

Ludhiana, 16 September 2017. A complaint has been filed with police against suspended AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa for allegedly uploading an “objectionable video” on a WhatsApp group through his official mobile number.

Khalsa, however, said he was in the UK when the video was posted on WhatsApp and his mobile phone was not with him at that time.

The complaint has been lodged with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Ludhiana range, Gursharan Singh Sandhu, by a social worker, Renu Sonia.

She said in her complaint that the video was uploaded in a WhatsApp group in which she was also a member.

She has sought action against the MP, said Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president of the Universal Human Rights Organisation. Renu is a member the human rights body.

DIG Sandhu on Saturday said he had marked an inquiry in the case to Khanna SSP Navjot Singh Mahal.

Seventy-year-old Khalsa, MP from Fatehgarh Sahib, said he was in the UK when the alleged incident took place and the video might have got uploaded by a child. “I had left the mobile phone at my relative’s place where a child might have posted the video on the WhatsApp group,” he said. (PTI)

The Times of India – Facebook can block SFJ’s referendum page in India: US appeals court

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Jalandhar, 16 September 2017. A three-judge appellate panel of the US court of appeals, on September 13, dismissed the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) claim against Facebook for blocking in India, its page advocating Punjab Independence Referendum.

The judges of appellate court in San Francisco ruled that the social networking company won’t have to face a lawsuit for allegedly blocking access to the SFJ’s page in India because it was immune from liability under Communications Decency Act (CDA).

“SFJ seeks to hold Facebook liable as a publisher for hosting, and later blocking its online content,” the judges of the appellate court wrote in their order of September 13, copy of which is available with TOI.

“Facebook is entitled to immunity for hosting the content as well as for blocking it, because SFJ is solely responsible for creating the material,” the court ruled.

Meanwhile, SFJ legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Panun said they were seeking advice from expert lawyers in order to take the case against the social media giant to the US Supreme Court.

In the lawsuit filed in 2015, the SFJ had alleged that Facebook had blocked its page in India “for running a campaign against forced conversions of Christians and Muslims to Hinduism through the homecoming; for exposing PM Narendra Modi’s involvement in 2002 massacre of Muslims; for advocating Sikhs’ right to self-determination and demanding independence referendum in the state of Punjab.”

Pannu and other SFJ members were booked for sedition after hoardings of Referendum 2020 were put up at a few places in Punjab. Those were removed later. – SGPC Asks Pakistan To Not Shift Guru Nanak University’s Location

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Amritsar-Panjab-India, 8 September 2017. Reacting to the news of Pakistant deciding to move Baba Guru Nanak University’s site from Sri Nankana Sahib to Muridke (Shekhupura, West Punjab), the SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has voiced to the Pakistani government that the University ought to be established in the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has said that the move to establish a University by the Pakistani government was an appreciable step but by shifting its location, the Pakistan government has drawn sharp criticism by the local masses as well as the Sikh community.

He added that the move has hurt Sikh sentiments as the worldwide Sikh community was preparing to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Nankana Sahib.

Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has also written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj appealing them to rake up matter with their Pakistani counterparts.

He has written in the letter that the sentiments of entire Sikh community were attached to the Baba Guru Nanak University so the Indian government should ask the Pakistan government to rollback its decision of shifting University site.

SGPC to amend record on Ram Rahim pardon

Patiala, 7 September 2017. The SGPC is planning to table a draft to amend its record regarding the controversial exoneration of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a blasphemy case.

SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar said that after discussing the case in the upcoming meeting of the interim committee, they would table the draft in the General House meeting scheduled in November.

The pardon resolution was put on record on September 29, 2015, amid a protest by some members. The resolution was passed “unanimously” a few days after the then five ‘high priests’* had issued a “gurmata” to pardon the dera chief.

Another Premi dies [bold]

Muktsar: A Dera Sacha Sauda follower from Satnam Nagar in Malout town today succumbed to his injuries sustained in the August 25 violence in Panchkula, taking the number of those killed from Muktsar district to four. Gurdeep (22) was hit in the head and was admitted to PGI, Chandigarh. (TNS)

* There are no priests in Sikhi ! Jathedars are leaders of jathas, these are jathedars without jatha and they should have no authority over the panth.
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The Tribune – SGPC urges Centre to open Kartarpur corridor

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Sultanpur Lodhi, 4 September 2017. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has urged the Centre to initiate talks with Pakistan to open the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh devotees in 2019, when the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak would be celebrated.

“The move will defuse tension between the two countries and improve their ties. Lakhs of devotees visiting the Dera Baba Nanak shrine feel dejected that they have to pay obeisance from a distance (to the shrine in Pakistan),” he said in a meeting with SGPC officials here today.

“No time can be more favourable than the 550th year of Guru Nanak’s birth celebrations. If not on a permanent basis, the two counties can sign a temporary pact for the historic year,” Badungar said, adding that Sikh devotees and scholars not only from India, but also from abroad were expected to visit the state to commemorate the event.

In May, the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs had ruled out the construction of a corridor linking India with the historical Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

The SGPC has formed a committee to mark the historic year.

ANI News – BSF-Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets to celebrate Eid at border

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 2 September 2017. In a goodwill gesture, the troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets at Attari Border on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on Saturday.

Though there is tension on the borders and in the Jammu and Kashmir region, but forces of both nations decided to exchange the pleasantries as this has been a continuous ritual on this border.

The exchange took place at 10:00 am when the border gates were opened by forces of both the countries. The Indian contingent that went to the border gate to offer sweets was led by Commandant Sudeep of the BSF while Wing Commander Billal Ahmad of the Pakistani Rangers was leading the Pakistani troops.

Recently during the Independence Day celebrations as well both the forces exchanged pleasantries. (ANI)