NDTV – Khalsa Aid Founder faces right-wing trolling over Nankana Sahib post

“What is the situation at Nankana Sahib? Was there a mob of fanatics throwing stones at the Gurdwara Sahib”? Khalsa Aid founder Ravi Singh wrote on Facebook.

Mohammed Ghazali

New Delhi – India, 07 January 2020. The founder of Khalsa Aid, an NGO that provides humanitarian aid around the world and is based on Sikh principles, was trolled for his Facebook post about the mob attack on Pakistan’s Nankana Sahib Gurdwara last week.

Hundreds of angry people had surrounded the historic gurdwara, built at the place where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is believed to have been born. Media reports said the mob, that threw stones at the gurdwara, was led by the family of a boy who had allegedly abducted the daughter of an official of the gurdwara in August last year and forcefully converted her.

“What is the situation at Nankana Sahib? Was there a mob of fanatics throwing stones at the Gurdwara Sahib”? Ravi Singh wrote on Facebook after videos of the mob throwing stones at the gurdwara emerged.

Several people reacted angrily to Mr Singh’s post, asking him why his organisation continues to serve in Muslim countries. They even targeted him over his NGO serving tea to anti-Citizenship Act protesters in Delhi.

“You should serve tea and snacks to those who threw stones at the gurdwara. They must have been cold,” a user named Abhinav Kaushal wrote.

“I haven’t seen a word again Pakistanis from you about this incident. If the same thing happened in India, everyone including you would start blaming the government,” another Facebook user wrote.

Mr Singh hit back at the trolls. “The right-wing Indians are dancing with joy ! Such damn losers!” he wrote. Mr Singh made a separate post after some Facebook users linked the Citizenship Act to the attack on the gurdwara. “Let’s not get diverted from the draconian CAA Bill,” he wrote.

“CAA has nothing to do with Sikhs, rather it will give respect to the community. The entire India is against what happens in Nankana Sahib and you are concerned about CAA,” a user named Vikas Yadav wrote.

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NDTV – Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan to be shut for non-Sikhs on Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday

The Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan’s Punjab province connects Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in India.

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 January 2020. The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev, will be closed for local non-Sikh visitors for three days from Friday in connection to the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, an official said in Lahore on Wednesday.

“The (Pakistan) government has decided to close Kartarpur Sahib for three days from January 3 to 5 for non-Sikh visitors to exclusively hold a Sikh event, celebration of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at the Kartarpur Complex Narowal,” Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said. The ETPB looks after the holy places of minorities in Pakistan.

Mr Hashmi said the government decided to close Kartarpur Sahib for non-Sikh Pakistanis to let the Sikhs of Pakistan and India celebrate their Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday together at the historic Kartarpur complex.

“The main event of the 10th Guru of Sikh religion Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary will be held at Kartarpur on 05 January.

In addition to 2,000 Pakistani Sikhs, officials of the ETPB and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee will also participate in it,” the official said, adding that strict security measures have been taken to avert any untoward incident.

The official said that on Saturday and Sunday more than 20,000 non-Sikh pilgrims visit the Kartarpur complex which is 120 kilometres from Lahore.

ETPB chief Aamir Ahmed has directed the officials concerned to make all necessary arrangements for the event.

Pakistan opened the Kartarpur corridor on 09 November after Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated it in the presence of visiting Indian dignitaries like former premier Manmohan Singh, actor and BJP MP Sunny Deol and former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu.

According to the agreement between the two countries, every day 5,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims can visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.

Sikh events should always be open to all
Sikh Gurdwaras should always be open to all
Man in Blue

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NDTV – Sikh woman among 16 terror suspects arrested by Malaysian police

Quoting Ayob Khan Mydin, Assistant Director of Malaysian Police’s counter-terrorism division, the report said the 38-year-old Indian woman, who worked as a cleaner, was a member of the secessionist Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) group.

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, 26 September 2019. A Sikh woman from India was among 16 terror suspects arrested by the Malaysian Police for allegedly planning to attack leaders of local political parties, a media report said on Thursday.

The suspects, some of whom were linked to the Islamic State, were arrested in a special operation conducted between August 10 and September 25 in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Pahang, Johor, Penang and Selangor cities, state-run Bernama news agency reported.

The 16 terror suspects comprised 12 Indonesians, three Malaysians and one Indian national, it said.

Quoting Ayob Khan Mydin, Assistant Director of Malaysian Police’s counter-terrorism division, the report said the 38-year-old Indian woman, who worked as a cleaner, was a member of the secessionist Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) group.

India in July banned the pro-Khalistani group for its alleged anti-national activities.

The US-based SFJ pushes for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda. The group’s primary objective is to establish an “independent and sovereign country” in Punjab.

He said two Malaysians detained in Sabah were responsible for spreading IS propaganda and acted as facilitators for an Indonesian couple and three of their children who carried out a suicide bombing attack on a church in Philippines in December last year.

The two also arranged for funds to be channeled to the Maute terrorist group in southern Philippines, he said. Mydin said some of the suspects created new IS cells in Malaysia and promoted the group through social media.

A fairly accurate description of the aims of Sikhs for Justice. Assuming that this woman is a member of SFJ, which part of the description makes her a terror suspect ? It is the old Indian narrative: Separatists = Terrorists. 
Man in Blue

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/sikh-woman-among-16-terror-suspects-arrested-by-malaysian-police-2107832

NDTV – 5000 Pilgrims a day, no restrictions on faith: India to Pakistan on Kartarpur

India is already constructing a bridge on the zero line of the Kartarpur Corridor to provide all-weather connectivity

Reported by Mohammed Ghazali, Neeta Sharma, Edited by Debanish Achom

New Delhi – India, 14 July 2019. Pakistan today agreed in principle to build a bridge on the zero line of the Kartarpur Corridor to provide all-weather connectivity, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement after a two-hour meeting to iron out issues in the second round of talks over the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

India is already constructing a bridge on the zero line; Pakistan, however, had been insisting on constructing a causeway, which India believes, would act as a barrier, directing more flood water towards India.

“Pakistan side agreed, in principle, to build a bridge at the earliest.

Pending the construction of a bridge over the old Ravi creek by Pakistan on their territory, India offered to make interim arrangements for making the corridor operational in November 2019, given the historic importance of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji,” the Foreign Ministry said in the statement.

Both countries agreed to allow visa-free travel for Indians and those who have Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards, the statement said.

“Throughout the year, 5000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day, Pakistan highlighted the infrastructural constraints on their side and conveyed that they may be able to accommodate many of the Indian proposals in a phased manner,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“There should be no restrictions on the pilgrims in terms of their faith,” it said.

The second round of talks comes a day after Pakistan removed pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla from its committee that is involved in talks with India.

The Indian delegation for the talks today was led by the Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Internal Security) SCL Das and the Foreign Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran) Deepak Mittal, while the 20-member Pakistani delegation was led by Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.

“Pakistan is fully committed and cooperating to operationalise Kartarpur Corridor,” said Mr Faisal this morning.

The Kartarpur corridor will be vulnerable to flooding as it is being built near the flood plains of the Ravi river. In 2013, when the area was flooded, it had caused great damage to people living in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.

Once built, the corridor will connect the Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims. The pilgrims will require just a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, an important Sikh shrine established in 1522 by the faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.

The first level of talks were held on March 14 and second round, which were to take place on April 2, were called off pending clarifications by Islamabad on New Delhi’s security concerns. In May, India had raised concerns that Pakistan is promoting the interest of Khalistani groups under the garb of the Kartarpur corridor.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pilgrims-safety-infrastructure-to-top-india-pakistan-kartarpur-corridor-talks-today-2069165

NDTV – Supreme Court issues notice to Delhi Police in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots case

The Supreme Court bench set July 23 as the next date of hearing, stating they would hear the matter in a detailed manner on that day.

New Delhi – India, 05 July 2019. The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Delhi Police on a batch of pleas filed by convicts in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

The matter was heard by a three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.

The pleas had been filed by various convicts who were indicted by the Delhi High Court.

The Supreme Court bench set July 23 as the next date of hearing, stating they would hear the matter in a detailed manner on that day.

After a span of 22 years, the Delhi High Court on November 28 last year had upheld the Karkardooma trial court’s order convicting 88 people in a case relating to anti-Sikh riots that took place in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri area in 1984.

In 1996, the Sessions Court of Karkardooma had convicted 88 of the total arrested accused. The convicts had later filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court against the trial court”s order.

More than 100 people were arrested in November 1984 for allegedly rioting, burning houses and violating curfew imposed in the Trilokpuri area of Delhi.

Massive riots had erupted across the country after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. As per the official records, around 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2100 in Delhi alone, during the violence.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/1984-anti-sikh-riots-supreme-court-issues-notice-to-delhi-police-2064669

NDTV – 463 Indians to get Pakistan visa for Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary

The visas issued by the High Commission in New Delhi are in addition to the ones given to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from different parts of the world.

New Delhi – India, 25 June 2019. Pakistan on Monday issued visas to 463 Indian Sikh pilgrims who are going there to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has also accommodated Sikh “Yatrees” who were granted visas for observing the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji from June 14-23, but could not go to Pakistan, the country’s mission in New Delhi said.

The visas issued by the High Commission in New Delhi are in addition to the ones given to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from different parts of the world, it said.

The 463 Indian Sikh pilgrims will visit Pakistan to observe Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary from June 27-July 6.

Within the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, thousands of pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year to observe various religious festivals and occasions.

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NDTV – Congress blocked fund release to anti-Sikh riot victims: Rajnath Singh

“I ordered the release of the fund. And we have given Rs. 2 lakh to every family of the victim,” Rajnath Singh said.

Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh – India, 24 March 2019. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday accused the Congress of blocking the release of compensatory funds meant for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Speaking at an event in Lucknow, Mr Singh said: “When I took the office of Home Ministry in 2014, I got to know that the ministry had the extra fund of Rs. 90 crore that was meant for the victims of the anti-Sikh riots, but the Congress had not released it.”

“I ordered the release of the fund. And we have given Rs. 2 lakh to every family of the victim,” he added.

“It is the first time, that a leader of the then ruling party has been convicted for his crime during the riots. It could be possible because the BJP was at the Centre. And I had also ordered the formation of SIT to investigate the riots.”

He further criticised the Congress for questioning Balakot strike conducted by Indian Air Force. “I can assure you every action was taken after the intelligence input. I don’t understand the attack was conducted in Pakistan, why Congress is feeling pain?”

Mr Singh also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that he has emerged as the “most popular leader” of the world. Mr Singh further added that, “I am not telling you because the election is coming, but India’s Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is not only India’s favourite leader but has also emerged as the world’s most popular leader.”

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