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“International Bikers Embark on Epic Journey to Explore Pakistan in Trans Euroasia Rally, Spreading Message of Peace and Hospitality”

A group of intrepid bikers managed by Raka Poshi Travel and Tours has set out on an epic 10-day journey to explore the stunning landscapes of Pakistan as part of the Trans Euroasia Rally. Their journey will take them through Quetta, DI Khan, Multan, Islamabad, and the majestic Northern areas before crossing the Wagah border into India. This group is part of a larger rally that commenced in Paris and will conclude in Kuala Lumpur. The presence of these international tourists on the streets of Pakistan is a heartening indication of peace.

The Pakistani community has warmly embraced these riders, and their hospitality has left a lasting impression on our guests. Credit is due to Raka Poshi Travel and Tours for hosting this group and providing them with an unforgettable adventure in Pakistan.

On May 1st, their incredible journey began in Paris. After several days of travel, they have now entered Pakistan, with plans to exit on the 13th before making their way to Kuala Lumpur where they will finish their trip on July 4th. Their adventure takes them across borders and through diverse cultures, providing unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

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HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN IIOJK

Indian atrocities in IIOJK can well be defined as war crimes as per international law as the Kashmiris continue to suffer under brutal Indian occupation. Women, men and children living in IIOJK have “faced pellet guns, sexual assault, electrocution, and physical and mental torture” at the hands of Indian forces. The genocide in IIOJK continues unabated leaving a blotch on India’s face of a ‘so-called champion of human rights’. Continuation of inhuman military siege, machinations to bring demographic changes and gross violations of HR and international laws are perpetuating humanitarian and security crises in IIOJ&K that imperils regional security. Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 96,186 innocent Kashmiris including 7,292 in custody, widowed 22,960, orphaned 107, 903 and molested 11,257 women since January 1989.  India occupied forces are involved in war crimes against Kashmiris. UK based law firm, “Stoke White” has also filed an application along with dossier against Indian Army Chief and Home Minister Amit Shah vis-à-vis Indian war crimes in IIOJK with British Police. UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmad Shaheed, who presented the report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council also denounced the wide-ranging Indian atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Indian occupied forces are relentlessly targeting Kashmiris, especially the youth, in IIOJK and are driven by extremist Hindutva ideology that provoked and condoned genocide of Muslims. Indian occupation army has intensified arbitrary detentions, night raids, coercion, harassment and humiliation of Kashmiris and the extra-judicial killings in staged encounters and Cordon-And-Search-Operations continued unabated. Burial of the last remains of martyrs at unknown locations since April 2020 without the consent and presence of their families, is yet another abhorrent manifestation of the callous behavior and moral bankruptcy of BJP-RSS combination.

PEOPLE OF IIOJK & MANIPUR ARE VICTIMS OF THE HINDU SUPREMACIST MINDSET

People of Manipur and IIOJK are struggling to protect their distinct identity and existential threat by Indian (Hindutva) settler colonial designs. The BJP-led government aims to fiddle with Article 370 C, barring Meiteis from buying tribal lands/ property as it did with Article 370 in IIOJK. Indian state’s non-adherence to its own constitution and violation of UNSC Resolutions (IIOJK) is the trigger point and main cause, from which violent indigenous struggles have been originating. It is pertinent to mention that India is a signatory of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People (UNDRIP) but has been flouting their rights with impunity. The people of IIOJK and tribal communities of Manipur are the victim of a Hindu supremacist mindset endeavoring to protect the interests of the Hindu community. To target the indigenous status of any community; displacement, forced assimilation, and induced disappearance of its heritage and institutions are carried out at the first stage. This is what is being carried out in IIOJK and now in Manipur as well. True settler colonialism will “extinguish itself,” so there is no indigenous community to stand in distinction from the realized settlers. The primary objective of settler colonialism is to permanently occupy the territory: settler states recruit settler classes that “bring with them a purported sovereign prerogative to establish a new state on someone else’s land.” Erasing Kashmiris’ political identity, disempowering the Muslim majority community to reduce them to second-class citizens, turning them into a political minority, and minimizing their role in political decision-making presently underway. The same threat is looming large for Manipur’s Hill Tribes/ Scheduled Tribes. The objective of the abolition of Article 370 in IIOK was to change the demography of only Muslim-majority regions and deprive Kashmiris of their true leadership by installing a BJP CM. The same fate is feared by Manipur’s Hill Tribes. Under Article 370, the outsiders were not allowed to buy property in IIOJK and same Article 371C in Manipur’s Tribal area the outsider cannot buy land. Therefore, after including Meitei Community of Hindus into Schedule Tribes, they would be able to buy land and settle in their areas on the same pattern as happening in IIOJK where settlers (Hindus/ non-locals) are purchasing land/ property. India has learned an important lesson from the current situation in Manipur; accept the fact that, the struggle for the right to self-determination in IIOJK is indigenous. India prefers self-serving political interests over humanity by using underprivileged and minority status for political machination which can be termed grave HRVs. Manipur protests against the Indian state is just a glimpse of Skelton. India is hiding in the cupboard.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UN PEACEKEEPERS

UN designates 29 May as ‘International Day of UN Peacekeepers’ in commemoration of the day in 1948 when the UN’s first peacekeeping mission began operations in Palestine. Since then, more than one million women and men have served in 72 UN operations. The theme for this year’s observance of the day is “Peace Begins with Me”. On this Day, Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to ensure that peacekeeping remains an effective mechanism for the maintenance of international peace and security under the UN auspices. Pakistan is one of the longest-serving and largest contributors to UN peacekeeping and is also taking part in an ongoing mission in the Central African Republic. Pakistan’s first UN peacekeeping mission began in 1960 in Congo and so far more than 200,000 Pakistani soldiers have participated in 60 missions in 28 countries. Pakistan still has more than 7,000 personnel deployed in nine countries as part of 14 ongoing UN missions. During its long association with UN peacekeeping missions, Pakistan has lost 157 personnel and 24 officers martyred during their efforts to restore peace and stability in some of the world’s most turbulent regions. Pakistani women are also making their mark on US peace missions. Pakistan has achieved UN goal of sending 15 percent of female staff officers to these missions and now nearly 450 Pakistani women are serving in various countries across the globe. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appreciated the contribution of Pakistani women in peacekeeping. “Pakistan is a leader in championing women peacekeepers and an example for other troop contributors.” UN has conferred ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ to 103 military, police, and civilian personnel from around the world, including eight Pakistani peacekeepers, who lost their lives serving under UN flag last year. Pakistan deeply values the vital role played by the “blue helmets” in maintaining security and stability in many conflict-ridden areas around the world. Pakistan is proud of its long-standing and consistent contribution to UN peacekeeping spanning over six decades.

COLD-BLOODED MURDER OF SIDHU MOOSE WALA 2022

Sidhu Moosewala’s death anniversary was held on 19 March before the actual date keeping in view, the government would suppress their voices by launching an operation against them. His father Balkaur Singh alleged that the ongoing crackdown on Amitpaul Singh was an attempt to prevent Moosewala’s fans to attend the barsi event. Slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad,’ ‘Punjab Sarkar Murdabad’, ‘BJP Murdabad’ and others were raised during the event. On 29 May 2022, RSS Hindu goons shot dead a famous Sikh singer and Congress Leader Sidhu Moosewala in Indian Punjab who was a rising voice against atrocities on Sikhs, Muslims & minorities. Moose Wala was also known for his pro-Khalistani and Punjabi songs, which openly glorified Sikh fighters. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed ‘grief’ over the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. The news of Sidhu Moosewala’s murder sent shockwaves across the world with prominent Sikh celebrities expressing their anguish over the tragic incident. This is an open declaration of War by Hindus against the Sikh community.  From the Golden Temple massacre in 1984 to the present situation of minority rights, the memory of Sikhs in India is etched with a series of tragedies. The ‘Operation Bluestar’ to target Sikhs at their holiest temple in Amritsar is a gory tale written by the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  After 39 years, religious persecution of Sikhs still continues under the rule of Premier Narendra Modi, where the community faces violations of human rights.  A Sikh journalist Manmeet Kaur said that persistent acts of target-killings and desecration of holy sites in India is the main reason behind the Khalistan movement. Sikh voice against Indian atrocities and discrimination is getting stronger with each passing day to save their coming generations from ethnic cleansing. Dupinderjit Singh, leader of the Sikhs for Justice Movement said, the Khalistan referendum is a strong call for freedom and marked the genocide of Sikhs under the rule of India.

He said, during elections in Indian Punjab, the Commission would hold a parallel referendum and would present the demand for freedom with the United Nations and other countries. The demand for a free Sikh country is being supported by different communities and the human rights watchdogs, in view of the atrocities faced under the Indian rule.