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Haridwar hate speech case: SC notice to Uttarakhand govt, no stay on upcoming events

The petitioners in the Haridwar Dharam Sansad hearing said no nodal officer had been appointed in the case and that the Supreme Court’s orders were not being followed. Hence, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Uttarakhand government.

The SC has issued a notice to the Uttarakhand government in the Haridwar hate speech case.

The petitioners in the case pointed out that orders had been passed in earlier judgments to appoint nodal officers to take action against such gatherings. In this case, the petitioners said, no nodal officer has been appointed. They said that the Supreme Court’s orders were not being followed.

At the gathering, Yati Narsinghanand reportedly said that “arming the Hindu brigade with bigger and better weapons” would be the “solution” against the “threat of Muslims.

As many as 76 lawyers of the Supreme Court had earlier written to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to seek suo motu cognizance to be taken of the ‘hate speech and calls for ‘ethnic cleansing’ at two religious events held recently in Delhi and Haridwar.

Sibal on Wednesday told the court: “This matter needs to be heard urgently. More Dharam Sansads have been announced in Una, Dasna, Aligarh at a time when the elections are going on in the state. This will vitiate the atmosphere. This is incitement of violence.”

“Preventive detention law is there to prevent exactly such a thing,” he added.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli heard the matter as public interest litigation (PIL), demanding an investigation into the hate speeches targeting Muslims at the Haridwar Dharam Sansad.

Pakistan’s economic position will be ‘far better’ by August, says Fawad

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday insisted that Pakistan was heading in the “right direction” and that the country’s economy will be “far better” by August 2022.

Speaking to reporters in Lahore, Chaudhry said a phase was being commenced in Pakistan in which the social protection programs will take effect, paving the way for the improvement of the overall economic situation of the country.

He informed that the PTI-led government had to return $55 billion in its next two years in debt payment, adding that a sum of $32bn had already been paid under debts in the last three years.

“We are paying the price for the legacy left by Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif,” the minister said, in reference to the last two governments of the PPP and PML-N.

Dispelling the impression given by the opposition about the country failing at the economic front, Chaudhry said Shehbaz Sharif and other opposition leaders should not worry about the country as “it is heading in the right direction, and people are witnessing it”.

‘Our politics, defence and economy are all stable’

The minister stressed that Pakistan’s politics, defense, and economy were all quite stable.

He said the national economy was growing at five percent and it will further stabilize in time to come.

“Also, take an example of the coronavirus pandemic as such calamities occur once in 100 years, and Pakistan’s strategy to tackle it is being praised worldwide,” he added.

‘LHC must move to bring Nawaz back’

Chaudhry, while continuing with his criticism of rival parties, said the opposition leaders were all panicked after the government expressed its intent to bring Nawaz Sharif back to Pakistan.

“We want the Lahore High Court to move on his case and Nawaz should be brought back at the earliest,” he said.

He added that the government also wanted that cases involving Shehbaz Sharif should be taken up on a day-to-day basis.

The minister stonewalled a query when asked about the political implications of the “most important” appointment the prime minister was set to make in 2022 and wrapped his answer by succinctly saying “for God’s sake”.

‘Pakistan’s films will now tell its story to the world’

The minister, while highlighting the importance of the film and drama industry, rued that the country had not been able to utilize the potential of the vital industry for its image-building.

“Our stories have to be told through films and the way we ended our film industry was really unfortunate. We will now revive the medium to tell the story of Pakistan to the world.”

‘Dollar depreciated after the introduction of finance bill’

Chaudhry said he was pleased that the dollar depreciated against the rupee after the introduction of the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 in the National Assembly on Thursday.

“This inflation cycle will break in three to four months, while the prices of vegetables will also decline in a couple of months,” he added.

The information minister said Pakistan would have gone bankrupt had Imran not been the prime minister of the country.

“If Pakistan is floating today, it’s because of Imran Khan and the PTI’s economic team,” claimed the minister.

He said the system through which Pakistan had been governed for the past several years was no more in practice. “Now, for the first time, a people-centric government is working in Pakistan”.

Hurriyat accuses India of putting occupied Kashmir on sale

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Hurriyat Party and other opposition groups on Tuesday slammed India’s recent move to allow non-Kashmiris to buy land, saying New Delhi had put up Jammu and Kashmir on sale.

In a statement, Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said it has “strongly appealed to the international community to take cognizance of the systemic demographic change being foisted upon Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir, by settling outsiders here including through a new policy of sale of land and natural resources to them.”

APHC said that of Government of India wants to change the demographic character of the Muslim majority J&K and disempower its residents through such diktats. It said the measures were aimed at scuttling “the final resolution of the long-standing international political dispute of Kashmir in accordance with the will and aspirations of its people as promised by the international community, based on principles of justice and international law.”

Since August 2019, in succession one after another authoritarian laws and diktats are being implemented in the state towards this end and “to facilitate the electoral prospects of the ruling party in India as J&K has become its favorite whipping boy.”

The Indian administration was pursuing a divide and rule policy by splitting the population of J&K “on the basis of religions, regions, ethnicities and political interests to fracture political aspirations and voices,” the Hurriyat statement said.

Last week the J&K administration, headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, changed land use laws and allowed re-classifying agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.

The decision triggered strong criticism from regional parties, who said the land would be used to settle non-locals.

Recently the government told parliament that only seven plots of land had been purchased in J&K following the scrapping of special status.

Allowing people from outside J&K to buy land in the UT was one of the major talking points for the BJP and the centre, but so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.

APHC said that the situation in J&K is “deeply disconcerting and highly repressive as people are the receiving end of this colonial mindset.”

It asked people not to lose hope but stay vigilant and alert “and safeguard their right over their land and resources as much as possible.”

The Indian government and its handpicked administration have held a real estate summit in Jammu (the first of its kind) to encourage people from across the country to buy land, or a second home, in Jammu and Kashmir.

Govt plans network of sports grounds for youth: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan kicked off what he called the country’s biggest sports gala — Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive — on Monday and said that the government had disbursed Rs47 billion in scholarships and Rs100bn in soft loans to the youth.

The sports drive is part of four new projects worth Rs4 billion initiated by the present government in coordination with the Kamyab Jawan Programme and the Higher Education Commission to keep the country’s youth engaged in sports and extracurricular activities.

“Besides the promotion of sports activities, the government is also focusing on education and has disbursed Rs47bn in scholarships to 6.3 million youth, the highest number of scholarships in the country’s history,” the prime minister told a huge gathering of youths while launching the sports drive at Jinnah Stadium.

Kicks off Kamyab Jawan sports drive, chairs meeting on climate change

Mr Khan vowed that his government would lay a network of sports grounds across the country as sports gave the youth a healthy life and mental strength to fight the challenges in life.

“You win and lose in sports and defeat gives you a lesson to rise again. Sports give courage to the people to face difficulties in life,” he said, adding that since the country’s 70 percent population was under the age of 30 years, the present government had so far developed 300 and 260 sports grounds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab respectively.

He said New Zealand, a country of just five million people, had more sports grounds than Pakistan, a country of 220m people, adding that the present government was striving to develop sports grounds in every village, town, tehsil, and district across the country.

The prime minister said that since a new sports policy had been announced, the government was taking all-out measures to reform and strengthen sports bodies and organizations and eliminate mafias from there.

Mr. Khan mentioned his 21 years of experience in sports to advise the youth that they should never feel discouraged after defeating in a game as it provided them an opportunity to review their shortcomings and prepare themselves for the next competition with renewed vigor and spirit.

The prime minister congratulated his special assistant on youth affairs Usman Dar on organizing such a big event and hoped that such talent-hunt drives would help further promote sports culture in the country.

Besides the participation of 6,000 youths — 3,300 boys and 2,700 girls — in the age group of 15 to 25 years in the sports competition, he said, a large number of youths from across the country had gathered at Jinnah Stadium to witness the sports drive.

Climate change

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the fourth meeting of the PM’s Committee on Climate Change and was briefed on issues relating to air pollution and violations of the Indus Water Treaty, adversely impacting the bio-diversity of Indus River Basin in Pakistan.

The prime minister emphasised the need for long-term planning in urban areas where environmental issues, including loss of green cover, sewage treatment, solid waste management and air pollution, needed immediate solution. He lamented that Pakistan’s contribution to global environmental pollution sources was negligible, but the impact of climate change was huge. “Pakistan is not part of the problem, yet we want to be part of the solution,” he added.

The prime minister approved in principle a concept plan of “Ecological Restoration of the Indus Basin for a Climate Resilient future”.

The concept plan comprises conservation and pollution control measures to be taken upstream, Indus plain and downstream of the Indus River Basin. A detailed plan will be completed within four months for approval and implementation. It will provide a vision and action-based framework to integrate current initiatives and develop new initiatives to fill the gaps.

UNSC apprised of the grave situation in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday apprised the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and UN secretary-general of the continuing grave situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

In his letter addressed to the president of UNSC and UN secretary-general, the foreign minister pointed to the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in held Kashmir and the persistent threat to international peace and security posed by India’s provocative and irresponsible rhetoric as well as its track record of orchestrating false flag operations.

He demanded settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council which guarantee the Kashmiri’s right to self-determination through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

The foreign minister drew attention to the recent spate of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, and illegal detentions in India-occupied Kashmir says a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He highlighted the recent arrest of renowned Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez on trumped-up charges in complete disregard for basic human rights principles, norms, and international law.