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WION Expose: Palestine’s envoy in Pakistan met Hafiz Saeed earlier too

Palestine on Saturday recalled its envoy in Pakistan after pictures emerged of him attending a rally with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi. However, Palestine ambassador in India claimed that the envoy wasn’t aware of Hafiz Saeed’s identity. Even Palestine government dubbed the incident as ‘unintended mistake’, but not ‘justified’. But according to footage accessed by WION, it is not the first time, Walid Abu Ali met Hafiz Saeed. On December 14 too, they had a meeting as shown in the footage. Hence Palestine’s claim that Walid Abu Ali wasn’t aware of UN declared terrorist Saeed’s identity sounds hollow. Here’s the full footage:Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed rally: Palestine recalls ambassador in Pak, says ‘unintended mistake’ but not justified Earlier Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija told ANI, ”Our Ambassador did not know Hafiz Saeed and wondered who he was. Ali spoke after Saeed left the stage. Even that was not acceptable to us. That’s why a decision to recall him from Pakistan has been taken”. Palestine Foreign Ministry in its official communique said,Also readEnvoy in Pakistan didn’t know Hafiz Saeed, says Palestine’s ambassador in India “The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed on the commitment of the State of Palestine and keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India, as well as its support to the efforts made by the Republic of India in its war against terrorism and in that regard the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism.The State of Palestine highly appreciates India’s support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 boarders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honorable position that India has taken by voting in favor of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week.On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified. Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates under the direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine to recall the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan immediately.”Palestine government dubbed it as ‘unintended mistake’. But this footage clearly shows Palestinian envoy had past contact with Hafiz Saeed, and Friday’s presence in the rally wasn’t an one-off. With agency inputs

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I am Lashkar-e-Taiba’s biggest supporter, was always in favor of action in Kashmir: Pervez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf, who faces treason charges, told a news channel that he is the biggest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its founder Hafiz Saeed.Hafiz Saeed, who was released from house arrest in Lahore, is the founder of LeT and also the chief of Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD).Speaking to Pakistan’s ARY News, Musharraf said, “I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me.” ALSO READ With promised comeback to Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’He also said that he likes Hafiz Saeed, and have met him.In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as Terrorist and the Jamat- ud-Dawah (JuD) was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.Musharraf also said that he was in favour of action in Kashmir. “I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and of supporting Indian Army in Kashmir. They are the biggest force (LeT), India got them declared as terrorist by partnering with the US,” he said. Musharraf also said that they (LeT) is involved in Kashmir and in Kashmir, it is between us (Pakistan) and India. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justiceSince he left Pakistan in March 2016, Musharraf is staying in Dubai. He faces several charges, including treason for abrogating the Constitution and declaring the emergency in 2007.

‘Provide evidence or stop crying’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed’s son-in-law tells India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>.A day after 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed filed a plea in United Nations to remove his terrorist tag, his son-in-law has asked India to stop crying and provide evidence against him. The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under house arrest since January this year.“India is always crying internationally. Why don’t you provide evidence instead of just using television clips of the Mumbai attacks?,’’ Khalid Waleed, the son-in-law of Hafiz Saeed told Hindustan Times.He also said that the America has asked for Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest only because of pressure from India and he would continue to fight for the liberation of Kashmir. ALSO READ ‘I am not a terrorist’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to remove tagHe also questions how Saeed can be rearrested when he has been released by a three-judge bench of the review board.Meanwhile, influential Democratic lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard termed as ‘ridiculous’ the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.”Not only did Pakistan give refuge to Bin Laden, responsible for attacks against US on 9/11, Pakistan set free a terrorist who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head,” she said.The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justice”If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Sanders said.India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that Saeed’s release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.”It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi. ALSO READ Committed to implementing UN sanctions, says Pak as US seeks Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest

Narendra Modi’s campaign is about himself, has he forgotten he is PM of India? P Chidambaram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday questioned if Narendra Modi has forgotten that he is Prime Minister of India, and said his campaign in Gujarat is about himself.The former minister made the remarks in a series of tweets after Modi launched an attack on Congress party during his rallies in Gujarat on Monday.Pushing the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear, Modi had said he is ready to sell tea but will never sell the country as he asked Rahul Gandhi why he had applauded the release of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. ALSO READ I sold tea, but not India: PM Narendra Modi to Congress”Mr Modi’s campaign is about himself, his past and the alleged disdain of Gujarat and Gujaratis. Has he forgotten he is Prime Minister of India?,” said P Chidambaram.Stating that the Gujarat election is not about Modi, the individual, Chidambaram said, “It is about the promised achhe din that has not come in 42 months.”The Congress leader also said that Modi is not talking about joblessness, lack of investment, collapse of SMEs, stagnant exports and price rise because he has no answers to the hard reality.”Modi has forgotten that Gandhiji was an Indian and son of Gujarat; Gandhiji was, and is, revered as Father of the Nation; and Gandhiji’s chosen instrument to lead the freedom struggle was the Congress party. PM and BJP may now desperately embrace Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, but the redoubtable Sardar had rejected the BJP’s parent RSS and its divisive ideology,” he said in another tweet. ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiModi, who started his high voltage campaign with rallies in Bhuj in Kutch district, Jasdan in Rajkot, Chalala in Amreli and Kadodara near Surat, took on the opposition Congress on issues related to China, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed, the surgical strike as well as corruption.Without directly accusing the Congress of fanning the protests, Modi said the opposition had done everything to ‘disturb’ the BJP’s Anandiben Patel-led government.He asked the people of Gujarat not to forgive Congress leaders as they had levelled baseless allegations on the ‘son of Gujarat’ who has a stainless public life. ALSO READ Mood change for Moody’s? P Chidambaram mocks Narendra Modi govenment’s sudden love

Gujarat Elections 2017: Willing to sell tea, but will never sell nation, says PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pushing the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is ready to sell tea but will never sell the country as he asked Rahul Gandhi why he had applauded the release of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.Modi, who started his high voltage campaign with rallies in Bhuj in Kutch district, Jasdan in Rajkot, Chalala in Amreli and Kadodara near Surat, took on the opposition Congress on issues related to China, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed, the surgical strike as well as corruption. He accused the Congress vice president of applauding the release of a terrorist in Pakistan and asked why he hugged the Chinese ambassador during the Dokalam standoff. “You are happy to hug the Chinese ambassador, you are clapping at the release of Hafiz Saeed, you cannot respect Indian Army’s surgical strike… But why did you speak about it? You could have just remained silent,” he said in Bhuj, not specifying how and where Gandhi had hailed Saeed’s release.Gandhi had recently tweeted: “Narendrabhai, baat nahi bani. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.” The tweet had come after the release of LeT founder and 26/11 mastermind Saeed by a Pakistan court. Hitting out at the Congress over a recent meme targeting his “chaiwala” past, the prime minister said in Jasdan that he is being targeted by the main opposition party because of his humble background and for being born to a “poor mother”.
ALSO READ Why BJP is comfortable in Gujarat despite Congress onslaught: Inside party’s formidable messaging machinery “They are feeling uneasy because a chaiwala became the PM. We used to read in books how the downtrodden get harassed by those in higher strata. But I never imagined they would stoop so low,” Modi said in his speech in Gujarati at Jasdan ahead of the first round of polling on December 9. He said he gets messages from people threatening him that they would once again turn him into a tea-seller. “I want to tell them that I am Modi, who is ready to sell tea but will never commit the sin of selling the entire country,” he said, in an apparent reference to scams during the Congress-led UPA rule.”Why are you mocking poverty? Why are you insulting a poor mother?” he asked. In an apparent bid to woo the influential Patidars, who seem to be drifting towards the opposition party, Modi said the Congress “harassed” four former chief ministers of the community because of a “grudge” against Gujarat. Babubhai Jashbhai Patel, Chimanbhai Patel, Keshubhai Patel and Anandiben Patel belonged to the Patidar community. Without directly accusing the Congress of fanning the protests, Modi said the opposition had done everything to “disturb” the BJP’s Anandiben Patel-led government. “They fanned violence to disturb her. This Congress party harassed four Patidar CMs just because the people of Gujarat never accepted the party.”
ALSO READ Gujarat election is contest between development and dynastic politics: Modi attacks CongressAt the Bhuj rally, Modi pitched the election as a fight between trust on development and dynastic politics. He asked the people of Gujarat not to forgive Congress leaders as they had levelled baseless allegations on the “son of Gujarat” who has a stainless public life. During his campaign in the state in the last few days, Gandhi had trained his guns at the Modi-led government over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. He also alleged during his campaign that Modi is not a “chowkidar” (watchman) but a bhagidar (partner) in “corrupt” practices in BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s company.Modi said he had written a poem, saying that Gujarat is his ‘atma’ (soul), while Bharat is his ‘parmatma’ (God), that Gujarat is his mother and he her son. “I have grown up on this soil, you Gujaratis know my plus and minus points, what was good in me has evolved due to this `mitti’ (soil) due to my mother (Gujarat),” he said, seeking to emotionally connect with voters. The prime minister said Gujaratis will not forgive those attacking its child.Recalling Sardar Patel, he said the Congress should understand that Gujarat tolerated insults when atrocities were committed against him but the times had changed and they would not do so again.Modi said many people have come here for election campaigning and “sprayed muck”.”Farmers prepare their land before the start of the monsoon season. In the same way, much muck has been sprayed here. It is good as it will help the lotus (BJP’s election symbol) bloom.” Modi referred to the 26/11 terror strike and the attack in Uri and asked what the difference was between one government and another, one leader and another. “They killed our soldiers in Uri, our soldiers went inside their territory, conducted a surgical strike and came back. The next day a newspaper said they (in Pakistan) carried bodies in trucks,” he said.Modi alleged that the Congress raised questions on the surgical strike in September 2016. “They could not respect Indian Army, they asked questions like none of our soldiers was injured? None of them died? Have you any photo or video evidence? Had they gone to shoot a movie in Pakistan?” he said. The second phase of elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held on December 14. The votes will be counted on December 18.

Remembering 26/11: President Kovind takes pledge to make India safer, pays tribute to victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the ninth anniversary of the deadly Mumbai attacks, President Ram Nath Kovind paid his tribute to the victims and took a pledge to fight hard against terrorism more than ever to make India and its citizens safer. President Kovind took to micro-blogging site Twitter to convey his regards. He tweeted that the country is in debt of the soldiers who fought for their motherland. Meanwhile, in a strict warning, White House told Pakistan that there would be repercussions of Hafiz Saeed’s release.The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a newly freed Islamist accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India.A Pakistani court ordered the release on Wednesday of Hafiz Saeed, who was put under house arrest in January after years of living freely in Pakistan, one of the sore points in its fraying relationship with the United States. His freedom had also infuriated its arch-foe India.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Rahul Gandhi questions Narendra Modi’s ‘hugplomacy’The White House on Saturday urged Pakistan to arrest Saeed, calling for him to be prosecuted over the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including Americans.”If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” the White House said in a statement.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home SecretaryThis is the first time the United States has acknowledged that the recent decision could have an impact on relations between the two countries, who are allies but view each other with suspicion.Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks in which 10 gunmen attacked targets in India’s largest city, including two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station in a rampage that lasted several days.
ALSO READ Masterminds of 26/11 attacks must be hanged in public, says Maruti PhadThe violence brought nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India to the brink of war.The United States had offered a $10 million bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). Members say the JuD is a charity but the United States says it is a front for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.The White House said Pakistan’s failure to charge Saeed sent a “a deeply troubling message about Pakistan’s commitment to (combating) international terrorism.” It added that it also was counter to Pakistan’s claim that it did not provide sanctuary to militants.

Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed walks free; vows to fight for ‘Kashmir cause

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai attack mastermind and banned JuD chief Hafiz Saeed on Friday walked free from house arrest and said he would gather people across Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and try to help Kashmiris get their “destination of freedom”.The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities, was freed after the government decided against detaining him further in any case. He was under detention since January. “I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir,” Saeed told his supporters gathered outside his residence to celebrate his release.“I fight for the cause of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom,” he said upon his release.Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired last night.Saeed said that he was detained when he announced a month of solidarity for Kashmiris in January.Using the release order to buttress his claim of “innocence”, Saeed said: “I am very happy that none of the allegations against me were proved as three judges of the LHC ordered my release… India had levelled baseless allegations against me. The LHC’s review board decision has proved that I am innocent”.The JuD chief said that the US, on India’s request, pressured Pakistan to detain him. “I was detained on the pressure of the US on the Pakistani government. The US did so on the request of India,” he claimed.Several JuD supporters, gathered outside Saeed’s house in Lahore’s Jauhar town to celebrate his release, shouted anti- India slogans and described their leader as “a hope for the Kashmiri people”.“We are happy to see our leader free. Hafiz sahib received his release order from the jail officials. Now he is a free man,” JuD spokesman Ahmad Nadim said.“Saeed has been freed as the Punjab government decided not to detain him further in any other case,” a top government official told PTI.He said that after a long deliberation, it has been decided to follow the review board’s decision.Saeed’s release would invite strong criticism from India and the US, official sources said. “It remains to be seen as how would the PML-N government handle the foreign pressure to again detain Saeed,” they said.Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented “some important evidence” to justify Saeed’s detention, but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release.On January 31, Saeed and his four aides Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997. The last two extensions were made on the ‘public safety law’The board refused to give further extension to the detention of Saeed’s aides. They were set free last month.According to the rules, the government could detain a person for up to three months under different charges, but for an extension, it needs approval from a judicial review board.The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai attack in November 2008 but he was freed by a court in 2009.India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and demanded the trial of Saeed and LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad.Ten LeT militants had killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November 2008. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and executed after a court found him guilty. Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the Mumbai attack.A day after a Lahore High Court judicial review board ordered 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest, India on Thursday expressed “outrage”, saying Pakistan has exposed its true face by attempting to “mainstream” UN-proscribed terrorists.

Pakistan’s $10m bounty cleric Hafiz Saeed released

Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India, is released in Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan’s attempt to mainstream proscribed terrorists, says outraged India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sharp reaction to the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed after a 10-month-long house arrest, India on Thursday said the development confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistan government and shows its attempt to mainstream proscribed terrorists. “His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistan government. It also appears to be an attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said today. “It is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non state actors, and its true face is visible for all to see,” he added. Kumar said that not only India but the entire International community is outraged that a self confessed and a UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda.India’s reaction came a day after a Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province ordered the release of amaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, who has been under house arrest since January. The United States has also expressed its displeasure over the potential release of Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist leader designated by both the United Nations and the US. Saeed carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.”The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” the board said in its order on Wednesday.The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province had asked for a three-month extension to Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the board.Last month, the board had allowed a 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire next week.Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – were detained on January 31, by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.Saeed’s four aides were set free in the last week of October.Lashkar-e-Toiba, an outfit founded by Hafiz Seed, is believed to be responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, in which 166 people were killed.

Kamal Haasan joining ranks of Hafiz Saeed: BJP slams Hindu terror comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao on Thursday compared actor Kamal Haasan to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed. ‘There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,’ Rao told ANI.Rao also said by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.’Haasan also has a close tie with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala and completely closes his eyes to the kind of violence and red terror that has been perpetrated there. Therefore, he is looking at the issue from a very narrow perspective,’ Rao said.’People of Tamil Nadu will reject this type of cheap politics which Kamal Hassan is also trying to play,’ he added.Speaking on the same issue Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Rakesh Sinha said actor Kamal Haasan ‘is trying to protect PFI.’Sinha further sought apology from Hassan.’Haasan must apologise for hurting Hindu civilisation, defaming it, and trying to create provocation for his petty political end,’ he said.’Kamal Hassan wants to enter politics but the road he is taking; he is engraving his own grave,’ he added.Haasan in his column in the weekly Ananda Vikatan wrote, ‘In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and what they stated to do is use muscle power. They started indulging in violence’.

Rahul-Hardik’s alleged secretly meet | Congress can invite terrorists like Hafiz Saeed as well: Gujarat Dy CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rumours of a secret meeting between Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister has said that the grand-old-party could even invite terrorists like Hafiz Saeed as well.Congress would even send an invitation to terrorists like Hafiz Saeed if it feels they can help them form the government in Gujarat, Nitin Patel was quoted as saying by ANI.According to reports, Hardik Patel had reportedly met Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders for about 40 minutes at The Ummed Hotel in Ahmedabad on Monday.However, Patidar leader Dinesh Patel said Rahul Gandhi will meet with Hardik Patel in November, and has not met him as has been reported.Congress leader Ashok Gehlot categorically denied that any such meeting took place between the two. In a series of Tweets, he had said that he met Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani in Ummed Hotel.Eyeing Patidar votes, the Congress is trying to get support from their leaders to counter the BJP in Gujarat, where they had been in power since 1995.Earlier, Hardik had turned down the Congress’ invitation to fight the Gujarat Assembly election jointly, saying the polls were not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Congress fight.Meanwhile, Nikhil Sawani, who resigned from BJP, met Rahul and discussed ways to provide justice to the Patidar community and support for their agitation in Gujarat.

Indian Army, Hafiz Saeed, petrol, diesel home delivery and BHU: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1: Soon, petrol and diesel will be home-delivered, says governmentUnion Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday announced that petrol and diesel would not be delivered at the convenience of your home. “Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol,” he tweeted. Read full story here2: Heavy casualties inflicted on NSCN(K) during fire-fight along Myanmar border: Indian ArmyThe Indian Army on Wednesday morning carried out a major operation against Naga insurgent group NSCN(K) near the Indo-Myanmar border in which several militants were killed. “Firefight occurred along Indo-Myanmar border at 04:45 hours today, said Eastern command in a series of Tweets. Read full story here3: Don’t blame us for Hafiz Saeed, says Pakistan FM Khawaja AsifCornered after a blistering attack by India at the UNGA, Pakistan said that it can’t be ‘blamed for terrorists like Hafiz Saeed’, who masterminded the Mumbai terror attack, saying Washington had considered these men ‘darlings’. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister was quoted saying by NDTV at seminar in New York, “They are liabilities. I accept, they are liabilities but give us time to get rid of these liabilities because we don’t have assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them further.” Read full story here 4: Won’t spare those involved in spreading anarchy on campus: Yogi AdityanathAmid ongoing row over violence in Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday blamed anti-social elements in vitiating the atmosphere. A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent. Read full story here5: Dalit priest preparing to perform ‘maha yagna’ stabbed in his homeA Dalit priest has been hospitalised after he was stabbed in Kerala’s Palakad district. The priest has been identified as Biju Narayanan and is believed to be the first Dalit priest in the country. Biju was stabbed on Wednesday by an unknown person. The incident took place when he was resting at his home early in the morning. Read full story here

NIA grills Hurriyat chief Geelani’s sons about bank accounts & family assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons, who were summoned by National Investigating Agency (NIA) for the second consecutive time, joined investigation on Thursday in the national capital. Geelani’s sons — Nayeem and Naseem — joined probe after a week wherein they were asked to come up with all the details of their properties spread across Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Delhi.The brothers were grilled by the probing agency for almost a week about the their properties and that of their father. “This time they were asked about various bank account numbers and also their bank account,” said a source. Along with them were few others who were also summoned by the agency. Senior officers, however, remained tight-lipped about the questioning of other people.A week ago, NIA after carrying out raids, in J&K at 12 places, arrested businessman Zahoor Watali. Watali, after being questioned by the agency sleuths several times, was arrested. His business is reported to be spread across Kashmir, Delhi, Dubai and London. His relatives who have reportedly purchased properties across the north India are also under the scanner.Two weeks ago the agency had summoned 30 people for questioning after they arrested seven people in the case. NIA is probing the terror funding case, wherein Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul-Dawah, the front of another proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, has been named as an accused.They had arrested seven separatists including the son-in-law of Geelani.

‘Pak exposed after US declares Salahuddin a global terrorist’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has welcomed the declaration of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist” by the US. “The announcement to declare him (Salahuddin) a global terrorist has completely exposed Pakistan as a home, safe sanctuary and launching pad of top terrorists including Salahuddin,” Singh said today. Over the years, Pakistan has been giving shelter to terrorists including Salahuddin, Osama Bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed, Azhar Masood and Dawood Ibrahim, he said. The US had yesterday declared Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”, dealing a major blow to Pakistan. In a notification, the US State Department has said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, “has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism”. “The US took the step against the militant group’s 71- year-old head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley into a graveyard for Indian forces,” Singh said. “It is a welcome step. This announcement by the US is a big development as the world has now accepted that Pakistan has waged a proxy way by using its terror stooges like Salahuddin, Azhar Masood and Hafiz Saeed against India,” he said. “Salahuddin is to us, what Osama was to US. He is involved in all types of terror attacks through his Hizb outfit in Kashmir killing people and security persons for the past 27 years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crackdown on terror funding: NIA conducts raids in Kashmir and Delhi, targets separatist leaders, hawala dealers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out searches at 14 places in Kashmir and eight places in the national capital in connection with terror funding received from Pakistan for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley.The NIA, which had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry, converted it into a Regular Case (RC) last evening and began searches in the wee hours at the residences of second-rung separatist leaders in the Valley.Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, official sources said.Among those raided were close aides and kins of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others in the Hurriyat Conference.Two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in this connection.The raids follow questioning of three separatist– Nayeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month.The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from the chief of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to remain under house arrest for 90 days more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Punjab government decided to extend the duration of the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed under the country’s anti-terrorism act and the notification for it will be issued soon Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed will remain under house arrest for 90 days more after the expiry of his three- month detention period on Sunday.Pakistan’s Punjab government on Sunday decided to extend the duration of the house arrest of Saeed and his four aides under the country’s anti-terrorism act and the notification for it will be issued soon, an official of the Punjab government’s Home Department said.”The government has decided in principle to extend the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, Prof Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid for another 90 days” under preventive detention, he said. The official said a consultative meeting on Saeed’s detention has already been held under Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar in which a decision to extend the house arrest has been taken.The government on January 30 had put Saeed and the four leaders under house arrest in Lahore for their alleged involvement in activities prejudicial to peace and security. The house arrest was made for a period of 90 days ending Sunday night. According to media reports, the Nawaz Sharif government had detained Saeed after the Trump administration, which had just taken over, had told Pakistan that it may face sanctions if it did not act against JuD and its chief.The Jamaat-ud Dawah (JuD), the front group of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, and its sister organisation Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), had also been put under terror watch on the basis of a report sent by the ministry of foreign affairs. Saeed, along with his four aides, have filed a petition in the Lahore High Court challenging his detention through senior advocate A K Dogar.During the previous hearing on the petition earlier this month, the Punjab government had told the Lahore High Court that no violation of law had been made in their detention as it had reasons to believe that JuD and FIF are engaged in activities which can be prejudicial to peace and security.Saeed and his aides allege in their petition that the government detained them without any legal justification. Saeed was also put under house arrest after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but he was freed by a court in 2009. He has a bounty of $10 million on his head for his role in terror activities.

Pakistan rejects India’s demand for re-investigating 26/11 case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan has told India that a re- investigation of the Mumbai attack case was “not possible” as the trial was at an advanced stage and demanded “concrete” evidence against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 assault.In reply to India’s demand to re-investigate the 2008 case and put on trial Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Saeed, “Pakistan said the case has already been at an advanced stage,” a senior interior ministry official, who is privy to the correspondence between the two countries over the matter, told PTI today.”All proceedings (in the case) have been finalised except recording of 24 Indian witnesses’ statements. At this stage, re-investigation is not possible. If India wants conclusion of the case, it should send its witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements,” the official said.Saeed, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million on his head for his role in terror activities announced by the US, and his four aides are under house arrest in Lahore since January 30 under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law.The JUD chief was put under house arrest previously after the terror attack in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed by 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba men, but he was freed by a court in 2009 due to a lack of evidence against him.On putting him on trial in that case, Pakistan has sought “concrete” evidence from India.”India had only mentioned in its dossier that Ajmal Kasab (the lone gunman captured alive) had once met Hafiz Saeed.Thousands of people meet him (Saeed). That doesn’t prove anything. Pakistan is willing to try Saeed in the 26/11 case provided India gives us solid evidence against him in this regard,” the official quoted Pakistan government’s response.He said Pakistan has also made it clear to India that the Mumbai attack case may not reach its logical conclusion without India’s cooperation. “India must send its 24 witnesses to Pakistan to testify in the case for its conclusion,” he said.The trial in the Mumbai attack case has been pending for the past seven years. India has urged Pakistan to complete the trial at the earliest. It has said that enough evidence has been shared with Pakistan to prosecute the accused.But no proceeding in the case has been held on Wednesdays – the day fixed for hearing in the case – recently at the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi by an anti-terrorism court.The trial court has already completed recording of the statements of all witnesses here and their cross examination and other relevant record has also been presented before it.Another mastermind of the attack, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, and Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum face charges of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the attack.Lakhvi was freed two years ago after he secured bail in the case. He lives at an undisclosed location since then.The other six suspects are in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.Of the 10 LeT men who unleashed terror in Mumbai on November 26 in 2008, only Kasab was captured alive and later executed after a court found him guilty and handed down the death sentence.

Matter of concern that even after 8 yrs, 26/11 perpetrators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding immediate action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack, India today said it was a matter of concern that even after eight years of the strike, they continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s remarks came amid reports that Pakistan has rejected a re- investigation of the Mumbai attack case, and has again demanded “concrete” evidence against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the strike. “It is the Pakistan government’s responsibility to bring to book the perpetrators and all those involved in conspiring, executing and mounting the 26/11 attack in which 166 people were killed. “It is a matter of concern that well after eight years of the attack, the perpetrators continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan and have not been brought to book,” he said. However, Baglay did not specifically comment on reports from Pakistan that it has told India that a re-investigation of the Mumbai attack case was “not possible” as the trial was at an advanced stage and demanded “concrete” evidence against Saeed, saying he was not aware of any such development. Asked about an incident involving a Sikh girl in Pakistan who was forced to convert to Islam, he said such incidents are regularly reported from that country, and it was the responsibility of the government there to ensure safety and security of its nationals, including minorities. He also said that India keeps raising with the Pakistan government such issues whenever these come to its attention.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LHC bench hearing Saeed’s petition against detention dissolved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-member bench of Lahore High Court hearing the petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and four others challenging their house arrest under the anti- terrorism act was today dissolved as one of the judges has been transferred. In today’s hearing, the bench comprising Justice Kazim Raza Shamsi and Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmad said they would not be able to further hear the case since the new roster of judges has been issued for next week. The bench adjourned the hearing till April 12. “One of the judges of…the bench has been transferred therefore a new bench will be constituted next week by the chief justice,” a court official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

In January 2007, an altercation involving a Hindu group

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>and Muslims broke out during a Muharram procession in Gorakhpur which led to the hospitalisation of a young Hindu, Raj Kumar Agrahari. The District Magistrate had made it clear that Adityanath should not visit the site as it may inflame tensions. He initially agreed but after Agrahari died, he disobeyed the magistrate and travelled to the site with a group of his followers. Adityanath then started a non-violent dharna on the site. However, inflammatory speeches were made and some of his followers even set fire to a nearby mazar (Muslim mausoleum). Curfew was imposed by the local police, but Adityanath broke it and was subsequently jailed. He was arrested and remanded for a fortnight, on charges of disturbing peace. His arrest led to further unrest and several coaches of the Mumbai bound Mumbai-Gorakhpur Godan Express were burnt, allegedly by protesting Hindu Yuva Vahini activists. The tensions escalated to riots across Gorakhpur leading to the burning of mosques, homes, buses and trains. During the intolerance debate in the media, Adityanath compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed. He had said, “Shah Rukh Khan should remember that majority population of the country made him the star, and if they boycott his films, he will also have to wander on streets. It is unfortunate SRK is speaking the same language that of Hafiz Saeed.” That he is not someone who minces words while expressing himself was was manifested when he came out full throttle for yoga in the midst of controversy over the issue saying that those who oppose Surya Namaskar can leave India. He also made a request that those who see communalism in even Sun God should drown drown themselves in the sea or live in a dark room for the rest of their lives. On January 3, 2016, one day after the terror attack on an IAF base in Pathankot, Adityanath blamed the assault on Pakistan, claiming, “The Pathankot attack has once again proved that Satan could change for the better but Pakistan cannot.”(MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Progress in 26/11 terror case trial expected: Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said a trial in a terror case like 26/11 takes time to conclude and one must not “jump the gun” and must wait for the court verdict. Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, said Pakistani nationals suspected of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attack case have been booked by the authorities and further progress is expected in the matter. “The accused have been booked and we hope to make further progress in the matter,” he said at the India Today Conclave here. “The crime took place in India. The trials in such cases do take time. Our government is trying hard to ensure justice (to the victims). But, let’s not jump the gun. Let us please wait for the final verdict of the court,” he said. The Pakistani diplomat was replying to a query from a 26/11 attack survivor who attended the event. “But, at the end of the day, bilateral cooperation is required to dispense justice,” Basit said, adding, “We also need to see why it is taking too long to bring the perpetrators of the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing (to book).” Replying to another query, he said as far as the trial in the Pathankot terror attack case was concerned, “we strongly feel that both the countries should cooperate (in the investigation) and we need to sit across the table”. During an interactive session, Basit asserted that there were “no terror training camps” in Pakistan and maintained that his country too was a “victim of terrorism”. “This blame game is not going to take us anywhere. Let’s not forget that Pakistan has been a big victim of terrorism.” Asked if Islamabad considers 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist, the Pakistani envoy evaded a direct reply and said the LeT founder has been put under house arrest as per the anti-terrorism law. Speaking at the event, former High Commissioner to Pakistan G Parthasarathy questioned the neighbouring country’s commitment to fight terrorism. “The world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden was found living with his family members in Pakistan (in Abbottabad town which houses a military base). Every terror attack in Afghanistan emanates from the neighbouring country (Pakistan),” he said. Taking a dig at Pakistan’s claim that it too is a victim of terrorism, the veteran Indian diplomat said, “You can’t nurture a snake in your backyard hoping it will bite only your neighbour.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hafeez Saeed should be punished severely: Pak ex-NSA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what vindicates India’s long-standing position, former Pakistan national security advisor Maj Gen Mahmud Ali Durrani said on Monday that Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, should be severely punished.While Durrani accepted that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack originated in Pakistan, he claimed that the Pakistani establishment was not involved at any stage.Durrani was Pakistan’s NSA during the terror strike that left 166 people dead and thousands injured when 10 Pakistan-based fidayeens (suicide bombers) of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) struck Mumbai and took hostages at Taj Hotel and Chabad House.”I can say with authority that no one on the ISI or the establishment was aware of the plan,” said Durrani, speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), a Delhi-based government think tank.Right from 2008, India has held that Saeed was responsible as the key mover and motivator for the carnage and has been asking Pakistan to file a case against him to investigate his role in the attack.Durrani, who apparently lost his job of NSA for having divergent views on 26/11 and is considered close to the US by many, said: “Pakistan has no utility left of Jamaat – ud -Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.””I had also told the US that they are free to go after the Haqqani network inside Pakistan. We may have made some noises, but deep down, we will be happy if they were to be eliminated by the US,” said Durrani.Doing some plain talk, he blamed a corrupt police force, complicity of law-enforcing agencies, and the orthodox education system for the sordid state of affairs in Pakistan that have made it a fertile ground for breeding terrorism.Blaming Pakistan for exporting terror, Afghanistan said nations must be designated as “terrorist state” failing which at least “individuals” must be designated as “terrorists” to combat terror more effectively.””If we don’t have the ability to designate states, let’s hold individual accountable,” Md Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) said address the conference called on Combating Terrorism.Making a rather an open attack on Pakistan, Atmar said using one terrorist against another doesn’t work. “National action” against terrorism in our region is failing and there is need to “address the fertile grounds” available to terrorist.”We have told Pakistan that you act on our list we will work on your list but there has to be third party verification,” Atmar said and added that there is “no good or bad terrorist”Atmar warned that Afghanistan would use its special forces to attack terror sanctuaries.”Our special forces are best in the region we have decided to go after the sanctuaries wherever they are,” he said.

Hafiz Saeed no more under house arrest, rather in ‘guest house’ NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Even with Pakistan cancelling the licences of 44 weapons issued to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his aides, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asserted that the JUD terrorists? so called house arrest in Pakistan is nothing more than a sham. ?Hafiz Saeed has been under strict house arrest is what we have been told about, but what I think is that he is in a ?Guest House? where he is being looked after and fed well by all his so called custodian. He is given everything that he wants, he is an esteem guest rather than a prisoner there,? NCP leader Majeed Memon told ANI here. Further on asserting to the fact, Majeed said that people like Saeed don?t need a license to possess weapon. They can posses any highly powerful weapon even without license. ?Now that Pakistan has issued a statement where India has cancelled his (Hafiz) licenses for fire arms, this does not seem to be impressing any further. Because people like him do not need to have licenses, these terrorist can possess sophisticated and highly powerful weapon anytime and anywhere,? NCP leader Majeed Memon said. When asked if India would join hands with Pakistan to discourage terrorism, Majeed Memon said, ?If Pakistan is really serious in discouraging terrorism they need to take stern action against people or prisoners like Hafiz Saeed, otherwise nothing will change?. Last week, the provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan had included names of Saeed and his four aides in the ‘Fourth Schedule’ of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hafiz Saeed responsible for unleashing terrorism against Pakistan’s neighbours India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With Pakistan finally putting Hafiz Saeed, the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah under the Anti-Terrorism Act, India has asserted that effective action mandated internationally against him is the first step in ridding the region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism. “Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing wave of terrorism against Pakistan’s neighbours through LeT/ JuD and their affiliates. Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice, and in ridding our region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. The provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan has included names of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his four aides in the ‘Fourth Schedule’ of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) added their names to the list of the 1,450 ‘Fourth Schedulers’ on an order of the federal Interior Ministry. The men were identified by the Interior Ministry as “active members of the Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniyat”. The ministry directed the CTD to “move and take necessary action” against them. The names of three prisoners transferred to Pakistan from Guantanamo Bay had also been placed on the list, he said. Saeed was placed under house arrest on January 30 and his name has also been put on the Exit Control List. The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowers the government to mark a person as “proscribed” and to place that person on the fourth schedule on an ex-parte basis. According to Section 11EE of the ATA, the Fourth Schedule is to include “any person who is an activist, office-bearer or an associate of an organisation kept under observation or proscribed or affiliated with any group or organisation suspected to be involved in terrorism or sectarianism.” The person put under Fourth Schedule requires his movements to be restricted to any place or area specified in the order, and cannot reach places he is prevented from without prior permission to concerned police schools, colleges and other institutions where persons under 21 years of age or women are given education or other training or are housed permanently or temporarily. Such persons also have restrictions to visit theatres, cinemas, fairs, amusement parks, hotels, clubs, restaurants, tea shops and other place of public entertainment or resort, airports, railway stations, bus stands, telephone exchanges, television stations, radio stations and other such places, public or private parks and gardens and public or private playing fields, and the scene of any public meeting or procession of any assemblage of the public, whether in an enclosed place or otherwise in connection with any public event festival or other celebrations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: No end to drama in Tamil Nadu after EPS wins trust vote; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu LIVE: No end to drama after EPS wins trust vote, now MK Stalin detained at Marina BeachThe Palaniswami government won the confidence vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday by a comfortable 122-11 margin after high drama and bedlam in the House. The vote was preceded by eviction of principal opposition DMK and walkout by its allies, which have 98 legislators in the 234-member House, in protest. Follow live updates here. Bharat jaan se pyara: CRPF CO Chetan Cheeta risked his life to kill top Lashkar terroristThe CRPF Commanding Officer of the 45th battalion was shot multiple times while fighting terrorists in Bandipore and was airlifted from Srinagar to AIIMS Trauma Center in Delhi. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday visited. Read more here. Pakistan lists Hafiz Saeed & 4 aides in 4th schedule of Anti-terrorism ActMumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has been listed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act by the provincial Punjab government, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy. Read more here. GST council approves Draft Compensation BillGST council meet took place on Saturday in Udaipur, wherein the Draft Compensation Bill was approved. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that they plan to bring the GST bill in the second phase of Budget session which begins on March 9. Read more here. India A v/s Australia: After Oz’s huge total, Shreyas Iyer stands tall with unbeaten 85Shreyas Iyer stroked his way to an unbeaten half-century in an otherwise unimpressive batting display by India ‘A’ in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 469 for seven declared on the second day of the three-day practice game. Read more here. Box Office: Jolly LLB 2 outperforms all other releases of the week!Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 released last Friday and has been going strong at the ticket windows. The film has already crossed the Rs 80 crore mark and is soon going to enter the Rs 100 crore club. Read more here.

Hafiz Saeed is internationally proscribed terrorist, should be brought to justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India on Thursday said that Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was an internationally proscribed terrorist and needed to be brought to justice soon. “Our view on Hafiz Saeed is very well-known. He is an internationally proscribed terrorist who is engaged in numerous terror acts of terrorism not just at India but also at India?s neighbour,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said while addressing media here. Swarup further said that the JuD chief should be brought to justice as soon as possible. Earlier on February 3, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has included the names of Hafiz Saeed and 37 others, who are affiliated with JuD or Lashkar-e-Taiba, in the Exit Control List (ECL). The Ministry has sent letters to all the provincial governments and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The move, which bars the 38 individuals from leaving Pakistan , comes days after authorities placed Saeed under house arrest along with four others namely Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz. The JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. The JuD chief also carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No guarantee that there will no surgical strike in future: HM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today made it clear that it cannot guaratee that surgical strikes won’t happen in future as any such action will depend on the situation prevailing at that time. “Pakistan is our neighbouring country. If they correct themselves it will be good, but if some terror attack takes place, we cannot guarantee that there won’t be surgical strike in future. We don’t want, but if situation demands, there is no second way,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken this well thought-after decision in which all sat down together to explore the option. In an interview to CNN-News18, Singh said there was inputs that after carrying out terror strikes in Kashmir, terrorists return to the launching pads on the Line of Control. Our soldiers went across the Line of Control and hit those launching pads and cause significant damages, the Home Minister said. He also dismissed as “a mere eye wash” the house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, saying if Pakistan was serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must take legal action against them. “Hafiz Saeed has been put under house arrest earlier also. After 26/11 he was put under house arrest. My input is, this is his second house arrest but I feel this is just an eye wash. If Pakistan is serious about acting against Saeed and terrorists, it must take legal action against them”. He said there is FIR registered against him and Indian government has submitted dossiers against him. “He must be charge-sheeted and put behind bars. Our efforts are continuing. Action must happen against such terrorists. The PM has tried to bring together international community against terrorists,” he said. Singh refused to comment on recent the US government’s travel ban on the citizens of seven countries–Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen–for 90 days saying it was a decision of sovereign nation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Petition challenging Saeed’s detention filed in Pak court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A petition challenging the house arrest of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was filed today in a Pakistani court by a lawyer who claimed that the JuD chief was detained illegally for keeping the Kashmir issue alive. Advocate Sarfraz Hussain filed the petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC). He said the JuD chief has been put under “illegal” detention by manoeuvring the anti-terrorism law. “The government has detained Mr Saeed citing a resolution of the United Nations Security Council as he made the Kashmir issue alive. But the UNSC’s resolution for plebiscite in the Indian-held Kashmir has not yet been implemented. The government has detained him at the behest of the foreign masters,” he said. The petitioner prayed to the court to accept the petition instantly and “set Mr Saeed free in the larger interest of justice, equity and fair play to meet the ends of justice”. An official of Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JuD) told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can’t guarantee surgical strikes will not be repeated: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the Centre would not rule out more surgical strikes in Pakistan-controlled territory. “Pakistan is our neighbour. If it changes for good, we may not need such a step again. But if terror organisations or others target India, we can’t guarantee that surgical strike will not be repeated,” Singh told News18.Rajnath Singh also called the house arrest of LeT’s Hafiz Saeed an ‘eyewash’. He said that Pakistan should charge Saeed and arrest him if they were serious about taking action. He also spoke about Dawood Ibrahim saying that the government would be successful in getting the underworld don to India.Singh spoke about China blocking India’s bid in the United Nations to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist. “Maybe China did not support us because of their own internal deliberations,” he said. On US President Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban, the Home Minister said that the action was probably taken after “assessing the local terror situation”.He also sounded positive about BJP’s chances at the UP elections, saying the party would win 250 of the 403 seats. He also ruled out being the CM of the state saying, “I am already the home minister, it would be injustice if others are not given a chance,” he said. He added that the party’s poll campaign without a CM candidate would not harm its chances in the elections.

‘India has given sufficient evidence to Pak on Mumbai attack’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has given sufficient evidence against the conspirators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and Pakistan must realise that it is in its national interest and for its own credibility that action is taken against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, Congress leader Anand Sharma today said. “India has given sufficient evidence in the dossiers against the conspirators of the Mumbai terror attack. If Pakistan was sincere in ensuring prosecution and conviction, then the evidence is adequate. Pakistan must realise that it is in its own national interest and for its own credibility that action is taken. “It has already been delayed much and in the long run, it will hurt Pakistan itself. It is important that for the restoration of some trust and understanding and to create peace in the region, action is taken against Hafiz Saeed, action is taken against all the terror outfits and the terror syndicates operating from the soil of Pakistan must be dismantled,” Sharma said. His remarks come a day after Pakistan asked India to provide “concrete evidence” against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if it was “serious” about its allegations against him. Saeed and four other Jamaat-ud Dawa leaders – Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz – were put under house arrest after an order was issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27. On the H1B issue, Sharma said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must protect the interest of Indian IT professionals and students and US president Donald Trump must be “made” to realise that Indian IT professionals are not immigrants and are skilled workers who have gone there temporarily. Sharma said that he along with his party expressed concern right after Modi had a telephonic conversation with Trump. “Prime Minister must protect the interest of Indian IT professionals and Indian students, both of whom will be adversely affected by the new bills and moves of US administration – one is on H1B visas. Our IT companies will find it difficult to work there. “The doubling of the salaries in this proposal and making that mandatory will not allow our IT professionals to get H1B visas. It will be counterproductive for US in the long run because Indian IT professionals are not immigrants and this the American president should be made to realise. They are skilled workers. They are temporarily going to America,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak needs to find ‘requisite political will’ to take action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today dismissed Pakistan’s demand for “concrete evidence” against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in the 26/11 case, saying the required proof is already available in that country as the entire conspiracy was hatched there and all it needs to find is “requisite” political will to take action. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said India would not go by the claims or statements made by Pakistan about the steps taken to check terrorism but by what happens on the ground. “Entire conspiracy for the Mumbai attack was hatched in Pakistan. All the terrorists came from Pakistan. All the planning was done in Pakistan. All the support was rendered by Pakistan. So, all the evidence to implicate the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack is already available in Pakistan. “In fact, Hafiz Saeed has himself confessed to masterminding multiple terrorists attacks directed at India. So the concrete evidence that Pakistan establishment is looking for is already available in Pakistan. All they need to find is requisite political will,” Swarup said. He was asked about the statement of a Pakistan Interior Ministry Spokesperson that “If indeed India is serious about its allegations, it should come up with concrete evidence against Hafiz Saeed which is sustainable in court of law in Pakistan or for that matter anywhere in the world” and that mere casting aspersions and levelling allegations without any corroborating evidence would not help. Saeed and four other Jamaat-ud Dawa leaders – Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz – were put under house arrest after an order was issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry on Monday in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27. The Pakistani Spokesperson also maintained that the actions taken by Pakistan have been carried out as per obligations vis-a-vis listing of Jamat-u-Dawa under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. On the recent release of Chandu Babulal Chavan and if this indicated softening of Pakistan’s stand that could lead to resumption of bilateral dialogue, Swarup said India welcomes the steps taken by Pakistan on humanitarian matters. “We have consistently maintained that a bilateral dialogue with Pakistan is only possible in an atmosphere free of terror and violence. Any credible steps in that direction will certainly be welcomed by India,” he said. He added, “We will not go by their (Pakistan’s) claims and statements. We will go by what we will see on the ground. At the end of the day, that is what matters.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Snubbing India?s demand of a credible crackdown on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently placed in house arrest, Pakistan has said that it does not need any endorsement from New Delhi over actions against the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry on Wednesday said that Pakistan does not need any certification or endorsement from India over the recent actions it has taken in relation to Hafiz Saeed, while reacting to the statement of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regarding the JuD chief?s detention. India had earlier said only a credible crack down on the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and terrorist organizations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan’s sincerity. ?Exercises such as yesterday’s orders against Hafiz Saeed and others have been carried out by Pakistan in the past also,? the MEA said. The Interior Ministry spokesperson said if India is serious about its allegations then it should come up with concrete evidence against Saeed, which is sustainable in the court of law in Pakistan or anywhere in the world.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: Pak army defends Hafiz Sayeed’s detention, India’s concerns over H1-B visas, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pak army defends Hafiz Sayeed’s detention, says it is in ‘national interest’In an unusual move, Pakistan’s army on Tuesday said the detention of the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was a “policy decision in the national interest” as the government announced that the Jamat-ud Dawa leader’s 90-day house arrest could be extended if required. Read more hereSC raps TN govt for not following law during protest, but no stay on Jallikattu new actSupreme Court while hearing Tamil Nadu’s new ordinance on Jallikattu on Tuesday refused to stay the new act, but agreed to hear a plea against the law. The apex court also notice to the state asking them to respond on new Jallikattu act in six weeks. Read more hereMallya row: CBI moves extradition plea, court issues non-bailable warrantCourt issued non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya in IDBI loan default case after CBI moved an affidavit seeking his extradition. Read more hereH-1B visa issue: India says conveyed interests, concerns to USWith reports that President Donald Trump is set to sign a new executive order aimed at overhauling H-1B and other work visas, India today said it has conveyed its “interests and concerns” to the US. Read more hereWait, what? Bigg Boss 10 winner Manveer Gurjar is already married, here’s picture proof! The Bigg Boss winner is not single, like he claimed on the show. Read more here

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed put under house arrest, blames ‘friendship’ between Modi & TrumpWith the Trump administration mounting pressure, Pakistani authorities put Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and four others under detention under an Anti-Terrorism Act. Read more here2. Benami Act: Buying property in mother’s name can land you in jail for 7 yearsAccording to the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act 2016, which came into force on November 1, last year unless you are a joint holder in the property with our mother, father, or sibling you could go to jail for indulging in benami transactions. Read more here3. UP Elections 2017: For Junior Yadav, the road show in UP is yet to endAfter the joint press conference and a successful road show, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is jubilant over its alliance with Congress. Read more here4. HIL 2017: Dabang Mumbai’s Affan Yousuf makes the difference against DelhiThe two teams kept up the high tempo in the third quarter, with Mumbai dominating possession and play but unable to get the breakthrough to bolster the lead. Read more here5. Travelling adds so much to your personality: Sidharth MalhotraSidharth Malhotra talks about his love for the outdoors… Read more here

Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect

Hafiz Saeed is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people.

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