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UN proscription doesn’t restrict freedom of expression: Pakistan defends Palestine envoy’s presence in Saeed’s rally

Pakistan on Saturday issued a statement defending the Palestine envoy Walid Abu Ali hours after he was recalled by his country for attending a Hafiz Saeed rally in Rawalpindi. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said that it has always batted for two states solution, with East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine. It sought to downplay Hafiz Saeed’s presence in the rally saying, over 50 speakers were present. Pakistan also highlighted in its statement that various rallies have taken place in support of Palestine’s cause after Trump’s recent decision. It tried to give a spin to Hafiz Saeed’s presence claiming, ‘UN proscription doesn’t claim any restrictions on the freedom of expression’. Lending its weight to Palestine envoy Ali, Pakistan stated that ‘it respects ambassador’s active participation’ in such rallies which express solidarity. India today issued a strong demarche to Palestine on the issue of presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of JuD chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, terming it as “unacceptable”. India’s Secretary (economic relations) Vijay Gokhale in the external affairs ministry called Palestinian ambassador here Adnan Abu Al Haija to the South Block after which the ministry said, “the concerns were conveyed both in New Delhi to the Palestinian Ambassador and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, State of Palestine.”Also readWION Expose: Palestine’s envoy in Pakistan met Hafiz Saeed earlier too “Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan’s association with terrorist Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on 29.12.2017, is unacceptable,” the ministry said in a release. It said the Palestinian side has conveyed “deep regrets” over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador’s presence at this event. “They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately. It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India,” it said. The government took note of the assurances given by the Palestine envoy, who informed India that his government had decided to recall its Ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali.Talking to PTI after his meeting, Haija said Ali has been recalled for attending the rally organised by Saeed.Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed rally: Palestine recalls ambassador in Pak, says ‘unintended mistake’ but not ‘justified’ Asserting that Ali’s action was not “acceptable” given the close and friendly ties between India and Palestine, the top envoy said Ali has been given couple of days to pack and return from Islamabad. “The Palestine government has told Ali that he was not its envoy to Pakistan anymore,” Haija said.The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, described as “unintended mistake” but “not justified” the presence of its ambassador at the event attended by Saeed. “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,” a statement from the Palestinian Authority (PA) said.It described Palestine as a “real partner” of India in its war against terrorism and also expressed its appreciation for New Delhi’s vote in favour of the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the issue of Jerusalem. Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan Ali reportedly attended the Difah-e-Pakistan Council- organised rally in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Friday. Difah-e-Pakistan Council is an association of religious and extremist groups in Pakistan, headed by Saeed. With PTI inputs

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Kolkata Police bans public display of weapons in 2018

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Envoy in Pakistan didn’t know Hafiz Saeed, says Palestine’s ambassador in India

Palestine on Friday called back its Ambassador in Pakistan after he was seen in the company of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed. “We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my government decided to directly call our Ambassador to go back home and not to be a Palestine ambassador to Pakistan anymore,” Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija told ANI.His statement has come after a photograph of Palestine’s Pakistan envoy Waleed Abu Ali sharing a platform with Saeed, who is designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations, at a rally in Rawalpindi is doing the rounds on the social media. “Our Ambassador does not know this person. When he starts speaking, he asks who is this person? Our Ambassador’s speech was after him, he made his speech and left. For us, even with that, it is not accepted and a decision has been taken,” he clarified. Saeed is accused of masterminding the Mumbai 26/11 attacks that claimed 166 lives.Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed’s rally: Palestine issues ‘regret’, recalls himSpeaking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the country, Haija said, “Mr Modi is a great guest to Palestine, we welcome him there. I hope soon he will visit Palestine, waiting for his visit,”Earlier today, Palestine expressed deep regret after India took up the matter with its authorities. “Palestine has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their ambassador’s presence at this event,” said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement. The Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan’s association with terrorist Saeed is “unacceptable”, it added.The MEA has conveyed the concerns to Haija as well as to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Ramallah, State of Palestine. Palestine has also assured India that it will deal with this matter appropriately. “It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India,” the MEA said.Saeed carries a bounty of 10 million USD (approx. Rs 66 crore) and continues to exercise a lot of influence in religious circles. He has recently been released from house arrest after a Pakistani court cited lack of evidence against him in the Mumbai attack case. India has protested against Pakistan time and again for ‘harbouring a terrorist’ like Saeed.

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Pakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulsbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh

Pakistan is yet to give a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife if she visits that country to meet her husband, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of an event here, Singh rubbished as “rumour” reports that China has erected a 400 metre high wall to camouflage the construction going on in Dokalam, the scene of a prolonged stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies.The minister also said India “does not care” about 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed approaching the United Nations to get his name struck off the list of designated terrorists.”Talks are still in progress. They (Pakistan) are yet to provide guarantee on the safety aspect.”Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.Responding to Pakistan s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.A military court in Pakistan had in April this year sentenced Jadhav, a former navyman, to death on the charge of his alleged involvement in espionage and terror attacks. India strongly denied the allegation.The International Court of Justice has stayed Jadhav’s execution.Talking about Saeed, Singh said, “The government has been saying this from the beginning…Those who are terrorists are terrorists. We have no doubt about it. We don’t care where a terrorist goes and approaches whom to seek protection.” Saeed has petitioned the UN seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him either related to terrorism or otherwise have been proved in the Pakistani courts.The 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.”Do not believe in such rumours,” he said when asked to comment on reports about China having built a 400 metre high wall to hide construction activities in Dokalam on Sikkim- Bhutan-Tibet trijunction.Singh said India wanted its citizens going abroad to believe that their government will help them in the event of any trouble.He said India was working on maintaining healthy relations with every country.
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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.

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.

Territorial Army jawan killing: Shiv Sena questions govt claim on fall of terror activities in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today questioned the government claim that terror activities have come down in Jammu and Kashmir and said terrorists were now killing jawans to create fear among the youth in the Valley.Referring to the killing of Territorial Army jawan Irfan Ahmed, the Sena said it is a “new technique” aimed at demoralising and creating fear among the Kashmiri youth.The Sena said the brutal killings of jawans is a Pakistani game plan.”All this is the ‘Mann ki baat’ of Pakistanis. Will the person, who does his ‘Mann ki baat’ every (month on a) Sunday will realise this?” the Sena questioned, alluding to the radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.It also said that the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed from detention in Pakistan may give a new lease of life to militancy in the border state.
ALSO READ Shopian | Territorial army jawan, on vacation, killed by terrorists in J&K”Soldier Irfan Ahmad was abducted and killed in Shopian district. Terrorist organisations are adopting this technique to demoralise the Kashmiri youth working in the Army and instill fear amongst them,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.According to the Army, militants abducted and killed the 23-year-old Territorial Army jawan. His bullet-riddled body was found in an orchard in Watmullah Keegam area in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday.
ALSO READ Terrorists kill another off-duty jawan in J&KThe latest killing was part of a technique being adopted by terror outfits to kill Kashmiris who have joined the Army or paramilitary forces, the Marathi daily said.In May this year, Lt Ummer Fayaz was killed in a similar manner and later in September, BSF jawan Ramzan Pare was also killed, the Sena publication said.”The killing of Irfan Ahmad challenges the claims of those who say terrorist activities have reduced in Kashmir.Also, Hafiz Saeed being released from house arrest may give a new lease of life to terrorist activities,” it said.”The government claims 100-150 militants have been killed (this year) in Kashmir and incidents of stone pelting have reduced. At the same time, killings of youth haven’t stopped.Terrorists cannot digest the Kashmiri youth joining the Army to serve the nation,” it added.

Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union minister Kiran Rijiju today said India had adopted a “zero-tolerance policy” towards terrorism and lamented that neighbour Pakistan was not doing enough to control the growth of terror on its soil.”The government has made it clear on various international platforms that Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism,” he said at a function here to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by the security personnel during the Mumbai terror attack nine years ago. On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists reached Mumbai via the sea route and opened indiscriminate fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores of rupees.”India has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism. I do not want to go into its details but the outline is clear,” Rijiju said. Asked about the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the Union Minister of State for Home said, “It is a matter of concern for us. We have been putting pressure on Pakistan in a bilateral way as well as through multilateral forums.” Saeed is also the founder of terror outfit Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT). The UN and US designated terrorist, who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head, was freed by Pakistan on Friday.Rijiju said, “On various international forums, we are making it absolutely clear that Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism and it is not doing enough to contain the growth of terrorism on its soil. They must do much more than what they had said.” Asked about the neighbouring country being reluctant to cooperate in the Pathankot terror attack probe, the BJP leader said, “Our stand is clear and efforts are going on. I cannot disclose certain aspects of the attack or our efforts.” In January 2016, terrorists had sneaked into an Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot. The attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel, while four terrorists were killed.Rijiju said the coastal borders of India were much more secure now. “We have taken a series of measures to secure the coastal borders. We have adopted a series of integrated coastal security schemes which are effective,” he added.

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.

If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Kamal Haasan stirred the pot by claiming that ‘Hindu terror’ was not a new phenomenon. Writing in his weekly column, he wrote: “You can’t say there is no Hindu terror. Earlier, Hindu extremists held dialogue, now they indulge in violence.He further writes that people have lost faith in Satyameva Jayate. “Truth alone triumphs has now become strength alone triumphs. This has made people inhuman,” he said. This could be seen as another signal from the actor that he desires to keep BJP at a distance. Though he favoured demonetisation initially, but later changed his stand “after discussing it with experts”.
ALSO READ Kamal Haasan joining ranks of Hafiz Saeed: BJP slams Hindu terror commentHere’s how Twitter reacted to his statement: 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.’With inputs from PTI

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’.

WATCH: PM Modi’s full speech as India and EU work towards combating global terrorism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and the European Union today resolved to deepen their cooperation to combat terrorism by taking “decisive and concerted actions” against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities including 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim.After the 14th India-EU Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Council President Donald Franciszek Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adopted a ‘Joint Statement on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism’ that seeks to deepen their strategic and security cooperation.Addressing a joint press event with the EU leaders, Modi said, “We have agreed to strengthen our security cooperation and work together against terrorism. We will not only further strengthen our bilateral cooperation on this issue, but will also increase our cooperation and coordination in multilateral fora.”Tusk said, “We have adopted a joint declaration on counter terrorism in which we agreed to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, particularly online, and to deal effectively with the threat by foreign terrorist fighters, terrorist financing and arms supply.”Later briefing reporters, Ruchi Ghanshyam, secretary (west) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said it was for the first time that the EU had not only agreed to mention terrorist entities but also terrorists in an India-EU document.She said the joint statement on combating terrorism talks of cutting flow of funds and economic resources to individuals and to other entities involved in terrorism.”The leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities including Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e- Mohammed, Harkat-ul-Jihad, the Haqqani network, al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates,” she said.The two sides, she said, reaffirmed their commitment to jointly combating terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations irrespective of their motives.”They (the two sides) have agreed to exchange information on domestic and international terrorist designation listing proposals,” Ghanshyam said.The leaders strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in many parts of the world, underlining their common concern about the global threat posed by terrorism and extremism.Ghanshyam said the leaders also called for perpetrators of the recent terrorist strikes like those in Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir) Stockholm (Sweden), Nice (France), London, Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium) and also the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to be brought to justice.”They recalled that responsible states should take adequate measures to ensure that their territories are not used for terrorist activities,” Ghanshyam said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.The leaders welcomed the joint commitment to exploring opportunities to share information, best practices, including those related to countering online threat of radicalisation, and to engage in capacity building activities such as training and workshops.They emphasised on the need to deepen cooperation within the UN and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).The EU congratulated India on becoming a signatory to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and welcomed its subscription to The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC).They also noted New Delhi’s intensified engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia Group.The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean and beyond.They noted that the recent joint manoeuvres (PASSEX) between the EU Naval Force and the Indian Navy off the coast of Somalia was a successful example of naval cooperation.”The EU looks forward to India’s possible participation in escorting World Food Programme vessels in the near future,” Tusk said.The EU appreciated the “positive role” being played by India in extending development assistance in Afghanistan, including for building social and economic infrastructure, governance institutions and human resource development and capacity building

Sushma Swaraj, KJ Singh, Jayalalithaa and Shabir Shah: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1: ‘Terroristan’ Pak and climate change: What Sushma Swaraj will say at UNIn her second consecutive United Nations address, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will not only seek demolish Pakistan’s Kashmir narrative but also talk about range of other issues. A day after India’s bold and blunt statement at the United Nations terming Pakistan as ‘Terroristan’, the Union Minister is expected to take the it forward and unmask Islamabad’s doublespeak on extremism. Swaraj is listed 7th in the list of speakers of the United Nations General Assembly debate that would begin at 6.30 pm (India time). Read full story here2: Senior journalist KJ Singh, mother found dead in Mohali; Punjab CM orders probeSenior journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found dead in Mohali on Saturday. Singh was found with his throat slit with a sharp-edged weapon. Singh’s 92-year-old mother was allegedly strangulated. The house was ransacked and things were missing, the police said. Mohali SSP has reached the house. Initial reports suggest that cops suspect it to be a case of murder. Read full story here3: AIADMK minister’s sensational claim: ‘We all lied about Amma’s health’The mystery surrounding the hospitalisation and death of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister and AIADMK ‘general secretary for life’ J Jayalalithaa has deepened with a sensational claim by party legislator Dindigul C Sreenivasan. C Sreenivasan, who is also Tamil Nadu’s Forest Minister, on Friday reportedly made statements regarding Amma’s stay at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital last year, an IANS report said. Read full story here4: Separatist leader Shabir Shah admits to speaking to Hafiz Saeed, ED files chargesheetThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and a suspected hawala dealer in connection with a 2005 money laundering case filed against him for alleged terror financing. During interrogation, Shah admitted that he talks to Hafiz Saeed on phone on the issue of Kashmir; he recently spoke to Saeed in January 2017. Read full story here5: Make Soccer Great Again! Barron Trump is biggest name in US footballChristian Pulisic is considered US soccer’s wonder boy, but it looks like his spotlight has been stolen- and by none other than a Trump. US President Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron, known to be a fan of the sport, has joined DC United’s under-12 team. Read full story here

J&K: ED files charge sheet against separatist leader Shabir Shah after he admits to speaking to Hafiz Saeed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and a suspected hawala dealer in connection with a 2005 money laundering case filed against him for alleged terror financing.During interrogation, Shah admitted that he talks to Hafiz Saeed on phone on the issue of Kashmir; he recently spoke to Saeed in January 2017.The final report, filed before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, also named the alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Alsam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah.The case dates back to August 2005 in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had earlier arrested Wani.Wani had then claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the duo.Shah was arrested by the ED on July 25. The agency arrested Wani on August 6.

‘Join jihad,’ Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed tells Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hafiz Saeed, the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, has urged the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to ‘join jihad’.According to CNN-New 18, the video shows Lashkar e Toiba and Jamaat Ud dawah chief calling on the Rohingya to wage ‘holy war’ if they are threatened.The video, if proven authentic, comes at a time when thousands of Rohingya Muslims are escaping to neighbouring Bangladesh to survive the alleged persecution by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine Province.The country’s de facto leader and Nobel Peac Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been under immense global pressure to save the ethnic minority.At present, the Rohingya Muslims are the stateless community that has nowhere to go.India, on the other hand, has been sending relief material to those living in Bangladesh.On Thursday, there were reports that the Center had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Rohingya Muslims are threat to India’s national security.However, later in the day, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju trashed the reports and said, “have not filed any such affidavit yet.”

J&K terror funding: NIA raids several locations in Kashmir and Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA on Wednesday conducted searches at 16 locations in Kashmir and Delhi on traders who were allegedly indulging in hawala operations and using the money for funding terror and separatist activities, officials said.Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency swooped down on traders at various parts of Srinagar and North Kashmir this morning and carried out extensive search operations at suspected locations, officials added.As many as five traders in old Delhi were also raided by the NIA officials.The raids come a day after the NIA arrested two persons, including a freelance photo-journalist, who allegedly indulged in stone pelting and mobilised support against security personnel through social media.These raids and arrests by the NIA is part of its investigation in a case registered on May 30 in which the leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was named as an accused.The NIA has arrested seven persons in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.It also included causing disruption in the Valley by stone pelting, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.For the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.

Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s JuD launches political party in Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s banned militant outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa on Monday launched a political party, days after authorities extended its chief and Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s “house arrest” for two months fearing threat to public order.Saifullah Khalid, closely linked to Saeed, announced the formation of ‘Milli Muslim League’ in Islamabad following weeks of campaign in Punjab’s provincial capital Lahore.”We would soon file application with Election Commission of Pakistan for its registration,” Khalid, who claimed to be the president of the new party, said.Khalid said the new party will strive to make Pakistan a “real Islamic state” and demanded the immediate release of Saeed, who is under “house arrest” since January.The party, political observers said, seems as an effort to set up a front which is acceptable to moderate Pakistanis.However, there appears to be little chance of electoral success for religious parties in Pakistan as the share of such political outfits have have gradually shrunk in parliament.Currently, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal of Maulan Fazlur Rehman is one of the largest such party with about a dozen elected members in the National Assembly, whereas the Jamaat- e-Islami has about half a dozen in the 342-member house.In a notification issued on July 28, the Punjab government’s Home Department said that on the recommendation of the federal interior ministry, the detention of Saeed has been extended for another 60 days.It said Saaed and others’ detention expired on July 27 after his house arrest was extented for another 90 days.He was initially put under house arrest on January 31.The JuD is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group behind the 2008 deadly attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed by 10 terrorists who came from Pakistan.

Declare yourself a terrorist state: India slams Pakistan after Hafiz Saeed announces launch of political party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly decided to launch his own political party in Pakistan by renaming his terror outfit JuD as Milli Muslim League Pakistan.According to reports, he would be registering his political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan.Saeed is likely to launch his political outfit on Pakistan’s Independence Day at a function in Lahore.He is also said to have close relations with the Pakistani Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).Saeed is a wanted terrorist by India and the United States for his alleged role in masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 166 lives.He even carries a bounty of 10 million USD (approx. Rs 66 crore) on his head for his role in the attack.Reacting to the news, outgoing MEA spokesperson Gopal Bagley said, “It appears person whose hands are stained with blood of innocent lives wants to hide his blood-stained hands behind ballot ink. The person who has traded in bullets to take human lives is now trying to hide behind ballots. That’s a matter of concern.”Meanwhile, defence experts on Friday called on India to accelerate its initiative to declare the former as an international terrorist globally and Pakistan a terror state.Defence expert Shivali Deshpande said that by Saeed getting approval to form a political party, Pakistan will declare itself a terror state.“I am very sure that the same people from Pakistan will definitely not vote him to power after knowing that fact that Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist. He has a bounty over his head he was the mastermind in many terrorist attacks which had taken place in India,” she told ANI.Deshpande said if the people of Pakistan vote Saeed to power, it will be proven that Pakistan is nothing but a rogue nation and it will walk on the footsteps of North Korea.Another defence expert Sunil Deshpande said that with Saeed coming to power, the entire world be under the threat of the nuclear war all the time.“Pakistan is heading towards trouble. If Saeed launches the party then Pakistan would become a terror state and the complete regime will go in the hands of the terrorist,”he told ANI.Pakistan had claimed to have banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), but following the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2002, it re-emerged as Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD). The United States has designated the JuD as a front for the LeT.

Court allows NIA to quiz Geelani’s son-in-law, others for 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law is among seven separatist leaders who will be interrogated by the NIA for 10 days as a Delhi court allowed its plea to examine their complicity in a case of alleged terror funding in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. District judge Poonam A Bamba allowed the agency to interrogate in custody Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, along with six others to unearth the “complete conspiracy”. They may be taken to the valley for investigation for unearthing their modus operandi to raise funds to carry out secessionist and terror activities in the valley. The agency, which sought custodial interrogation for 18 days, submitted that it had received information that Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamat-ul-Dawah, and separatists, including members of Hurriyat Conference, had been acting in connivance with banned outfits like Hizb-ul-Muzahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and others to raise and receive funds from inside and abroad through illegal channels, including hawala. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terrorist activities in restive Jammu and Kashmir, it said. “Accused are in criminal conspiracy against India by waging war against the State and they are involved in various offences punishable under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” the agency said. It said that custody of Shah and other accused — Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar — was required as they had to be confronted with each other and with other incriminating evidences. It added that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs, which were done on their and others’ instructions. Advocate Rajat Kumar, appearing for the accused, opposed the NIA plea claiming that the accused were falsely implicated and they have been cooperating in the probe which has been going on for the past one month. Shah was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had put him under preventive detention immediately after Eid earlier this month. Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the NIA from the valley. Shahid-ul-Islam is the spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the JuD, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e- Milat. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA sleuths last month. The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the valley. The NIA had claimed that it recovered account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including of the LeT and the HM, during the raids.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panamagate JIT to submit final report on Sharif family on July 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will submit the final report in connection with the alleged money laundering by the Sharif family on July 10. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, probably, will be given opportunity to defend himself in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had constituted a JIT on April 20 and empowered it to summon the prime minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money-laundering. The order passed in the Panama Papers case says in an operative paragraph: ?…upon the receipt of the reports, periodic or final of the JIT, as the case may be, the matter of disqualification of respondent No.1 (Nawaz Sharif) shall be considered. If found necessary for passing an appropriate order in this behalf, respondent No.1 or any other person may be summoned and examined?. However, different scenarios of the court proceedings have been predicted by legal experts after the JIT submits its report. There is confusion over the forum where the trial of the PM or any other person will be held in case the JIT comes up with tangible evidence against them. The JIT has been directed by the Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijazul Ahsan to place the report before it after completing the investigation. ?The JIT shall complete the investigation and submit its final report before the said bench within a period of sixty days,? the judgment said. The scenarios post-July 10 whether Sharif will get to defend himself in SC are being debated. For further proceedings, reference to relevant forum was sent and it said, ?The bench thereupon may pass appropriate order for filing of reference against respondent No.1 (Nawaz Sharif) or any other person having nexus with the crime if justified on the basis of the material thus brought on the record before it?. It is very likely that in accordance with the apex court judgment further proceedings against the Sharif family are connected with what the JIT may say after a few days in its report. Renowned legal expert S.M. Zafar said that since the JIT was a ?fact-collection? entity, it would submit the compilation of facts to the apex court. He said the JIT was tasked with collecting evidence by the Supreme Court therefore the investigation team must keep at their assigned work only. Should the JIT give an opinion, it would be tantamount to going beyond its mandate as its opinion might favour one or affect another party, he added. Moreover, two of the five-member bench had called for disqualification of the PM divulging their mind therefore it seemed that they would not resume the bench. Subsequently, the three other members might take up the report and proceed with the case, he added. Zafar said that the court might provide copies of the investigation report to the petitioners and the respondents and invite their comments or objections. After hearing the parties in the case, the court might pass a final verdict on disqualification of PM Sharif or other persons, he said. The court may either disqualify the PM or exonerate him or send a reference against him to an appropriate forum. The appropriate forum might be an accountability court or the special judge central, he said. In case the Supreme Court, on the basis of available material, found that the PM was not honest and sagacious, it might disqualify him or send the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Earlier, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had sent several parliamentarians home for contesting elections on the basis of fake degrees. But the case of the PM was different as he had not submitted any false declaration before the ECP, therefore, the apex court might consider his case under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution, he said. Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Kamran Murtaza, said that the court would provide an opportunity of hearing to the parties, particularly those who might be affected by the investigation report. ?It may order to make the report open at least for the parties in the case and then start hearing the matter,? he said. Murtaza was of the view that the apex court could not disqualify Mr Sharif as it would be against the principle of natural justice. On the composition of the bench, he said that should the two members of the bench, on the basis of earlier dissenting note, recuse themselves from hearing the case, the chief justice might re-constitute the bench. ?If some respondents file an application seeking a large bench, the same bench would pass an order on the application,? he said. ?The application may be forwarded to the CJP for appropriate order or may be dismissed by the bench?. Former vice chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council Mohammad Ramzan Chaudhry said that the five-member bench had requested Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to constitute a special bench to ensure implementation of the judgment. The chief justice could have constituted a bench comprising judges other than those who were in the five- member bench, but he formed the special bench comprising three judges of the same bench. Chaudhry Faisal Hussain said that the implementation bench would place the JIT report before the five-member bench, which might re-consider the case on the basis of the JIT report and the evidence already available with the bench.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED registers case against terror outfits, Hurriyat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday registered a case against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and members of Hurriyat Conference, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED will now investigate flow of money through hawala and other illegal domestic and international channels which are provided for carrying out separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. This comes after the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) raided 14 places in Kashmir and 8 in Delhi in connection with reports of terror funding in the Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA raids in Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana over terror funding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a pre-dawn swoop, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided 23 locations in Kashmir, Haryana and the national capital in connection with a case of alleged funding received by separatist groups for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley. After registering an FIR earlier this week, various NIA teams, which had been camping in the Valley for few days, moved under heavy escort from their camp office located at Humhama, on the outskirts of the Srinagar city. Among those raided by the NIA were Altaf Fantoosh, the son-in-law of hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, businessman Zahoor Watali, Shahid-ul-Islam, leader of Awami Action Committee led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and some second rung separatist leaders belonging to both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF. The agency seized nearly Rs 1.5 crore from various locations in the Kashmir Valley, besides documents which were being scrutinised, officials said. This is for the first time since militancy raised its ugly head in early 1990s that a central probe agency has carried out raids in connection with terror funding to separatists which has been used for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley. Earlier in 2002, Income Tax department had carried out searches against separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and other documents. However, no criminal case had been registered then. While no separatist leader from the Valley has been named in the FIR registered by the NIA, organisations like the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Milat and Lashker-e- Taiba besides Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah Hafeez Saeed have been mentioned. The NIA, which had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry, also raided around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national, besides two in Sonepat, Haryana. The raids were carried out following the questioning of three separatist leaders — 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.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA quizzes Kashmiri separatist leaders for second day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) questioned Kashmiri separatists for the second day today in connection with its probe into the role of LeT chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The NIA further questioned Farooq Ahmad Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, Javed Ahmed Baba alias Prince alias Gazi in Srinagar regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir. The central probe agency is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and the use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley, the NIA spokesperson said in a statement. The NIA has also collected details of 13 accused charge- sheeted so far in the cases in the Valley in the recent past, pertaining to the damage caused to schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir. Substantial progress has been made and the probe is continuing, the spokesperson said in a statement. The NIA team, headed by the Additional Director General, had asked Naeem Khan, Farooq and Baba to appear before it for for their explanation on an expose on a television channel where they had claimed to be receiving funds from Pakistan. After initial reluctance, the three separatists fell in line and were questioned separately by the team of NIA, which named them in its Preliminary Enquiry (PE) yesterday. In a statement, the NIA’s spokesperson said that the agency questioned Dar at Srinagar regarding the hawala and terror funding issue. The NIA is also probing all angles of the funding of separatist leaders. The NIA team will also be gathering evidence collected by the Jammu and Kashmir Police about the burning of schools as Khan had claimed that the educational institutions were targeted as per the plans hatched from across the border. The schools were targeted last year after banned Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8. Besides these three, NIA has named Saeed and Geelani in the PE, which precedes the filing of a case. Khan, who was suspended by Geelani from Hurriyat yesterday, was seen on television during the sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups. The NIA’s PE alleged that the separatists were receiving funds from the LeT chief to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting security forces with stones, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments. The NIA took cognisance of the news item related to a recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soldiers mutilation: Shiv Sena editorial criticises Centre’s inaction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Friday criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for failing to take any action against Pakistan, following the mutilation of two soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC).”The people of the country are wondering what action has been taken by Delhi after two jawans were beheaded,” said an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.The editorial took a swipe at the government, saying that it had merely ‘summoned Pakistan high-commissioner to India Abdul Basit to register its protest.’The Sena questioned whether this had stopped Pakistan in the past from conducting cross-border activities. The piece even highlighted that Hafeez Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks was still at large.The editorial said that the security situation in Kashmir was deteriorating with security personnel being attacked and banks being limited in broad daylight.
ALSO READ Soldier mutilations: If Pakistani forces have not done it, who has?’ asks Vice Chief of Army Staff”The country felt that in return for these two beheadings, the heads of 50 Pakistanis would be chopped off and the victory would be celebrated. Instead, evidence is being collected, blood samples are being taken and discussions are on,” said the editorial.

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.

Pak refuses to probe 26/11 attack afresh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst reports that a non-official back channel has been activated to bring about a thaw in Indo-Pak relationship and to pave way for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana in June, Pakistan is adamant on keeping the atmosphere vitiated.On Thursday, it rejected India’s demand for a reinvestigation of the 26/11 Mumbai attack case. Quoting official sources, PTI reported from Islamabad that the trial was “not possible” as it was at an advanced stage. Islamabad also demanded “concrete” evidence against Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the attack.Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that it was a matter of concern that even after eight years, the masterminds and planners of the attack continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan.“It is the Pakistan government’s responsibility to bring to book all those involved in conspiring, executing and mounting the attack, in which 166 people were killed,” he said.Early last month, in reply to Pakistan’s request to send 24 Indian witnesses to record their statements, India had asked Pakistan to reinvestigate the attack and put on trial Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Saeed, who is currently under house arrest in Lahore.“We have received a reply from the Indian government in response to our letter regarding sending 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements. Instead of entertaining our request, India had sought the reinvestigation of the case and demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of the evidence it had provided to Pakistan,” a Pakistani Interior Ministry official said.The Pakistan government, on January 30, had put Saeed and the four leaders of JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat under house arrest in Lahore.On Thursday, Pakistani officials said that there was no question of reopening the trial. “All proceedings (in the case) have been finalised, except the recording of statements of 24 Indian witnesses. At this stage, reinvestigation is not possible. If India wants the case to conclude, it should send its witnesses to Pakistan,” they said. “India had only mentioned in its dossier that Ajmal Kasab (the lone terrorist captured alive) had once met 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,” PTI said, quoting Pakistani officials.The trial has been pending for seven years and India has urged Pakistan to complete it at the earliest. It has said that enough evidence has been shared with Pakistan. But no proceeding in the case has been held on Wednesday — the day fixed for hearing – at the Adiala jail, Rawalpindi, by an anti-terrorism court.The trial court has already completed recording statements of all witnesses here and their cross-examination and other records have also been presented before it.Lakhvi and Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum face charges of abetment to murder, attempt to murder, and planning and executing the attack. Lakhvi was freed two years ago after he secured bail. The other six suspects are in Adiala jail.

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.)

Kashmir unrest: Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday arrested separatist leader Asiya Andrabi under the Public Safety Act.She was arrested in the morning from her residence, sources said.She is alleged to be the main separatist leader who incites women in the valley to pelt stones at security forces and disrupt normal life.Andrabi, the founder of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an Islamist separatist organisation is also a member of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.The DeM is known for the diktats it issues periodically to the Valley residents on things Andrabi and her ‘brother’ Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Toiba leader Hafiz Saeed consider un-IslamicAndrabi is married to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, a Hizbul Mujahideen leader, who is now in jail. Few captured militants have confessed that videos of her speeches are shown at terror training camps across the Line of Control.Earlier in 2015, the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested Andrabi from her residence in Soura in connection with two cases registered against her – one for waving Pakistani flag and other for addressing a rally by Hafiz Saeed via phone in Pakistan.Earlier in the day, two terrorists were killed, while three soldiers lost their lives as an Army camp in Kupwara’s Panzgam in Jammu and Kashmir was under attack.An officer was among the three Army men who were killed in the attack.

Watch WION exclusive: India has lost its secular credentials and become anti-Muslim, says Pervez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf spoke to WION in which he touched upon a host of topics including PM Modi, the Kashmir dispute, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Donald Trump and Balochistan. Looking back at his loss in the 2007 elections, he blamed his party’s lack of support and Benazir Bhutto’s assassination garnering the Pakistan People’s Party sympathy votes. Speaking about Trump, he stated the United States President while controversial was starting with a clean slate and lauded his decision to mediate between India and Pakistan. However, he added that he disagreed with Trump’s travel ban.Asked if Trump’s ascension meant that Pakistan would lose an ally (in the US) he said: “Pakistan must find its way around in this multi-polar world. We have to manage diplomatic overtures in this new world and US must see Pakistan in a new perspective.”Speaking about 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s arrest he claimed he didn’t think Saeed was behind the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and in Pakistan they didn’t call him a ‘terrorist’. On the rise of BJP in India he stated that ‘anti-Muslim’ activity was going on. He said: “India has lost its secular credentials and become anti-Muslim.” He claimed the BJP wanted total ‘Hindu dominance’ and that UP CM Adityanath was an ‘extremist’ who believes all Muslims and Christians in India should be ‘converted’ to Hinduism.Touching up the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan he called it an issue concocted by India who were ‘assisting separatists’. He went on to say that there were no human rights violations in Balochistan and that they were ‘anti-terrorism’ actions, similar to what he claimed India was doing in Kashmir and Assam, against Naxalites and Maoists.Speaking about PM Modi’s attempts to resolve disputes with Pakistan he labelled them ‘cosmetic’. He said: “PM Modi’s statements are extremely offensive. Look at the statements of the Government. Their plans, actions are totally against Pakistan. They are talking of destabilising Pakistan, even an Indian general has spoken about it.” He went on to claim that he had tried to resolve the Kashmir conflict and until the dispute was resolved, attacks like Uri wouldn’t stop. He said: “The youth are rising in Kashmir, they are rising in support of Burhan Wani. The people of Kashmir have risen against India, they don’t want to be part of India.”When asked if the Kashmir issue would be resolved in his lifetime he said: “With the attitude of current Indian government, I don’t see it. They talk about international and regional isolation, weakening of the Pakistani Army. We have to meet the challenge.”Watch the repeat telecast of Pervez Musharraf’s exclusive interview on WION at 8 PM on SundayPart 1Part 2

Meat shop licences’ renewal: HC seeks UP govt reply by Apr 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today provided till April 19 further time to the Uttar Pradesh government to file a reply on the issue of renewal of meat shop licences which expired on March 31. The order was passed by a division bench of justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli on a PIL filed by Saeed Ahmad seeking directions for renewal of meat shop licences. The counsel for the state, L P Mishra, informed the court that a high-powered committee has undertaken the exercise to go into the issues and prayed for further time to file an affidavit. The court then directed that the case be put up on April 19 along with the record of another writ petition filed in this connection.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak court issues notices to govts on Hafiz Saeed’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new bench of the Lahore High court has issued notices to the Pakistan and Punjab governments on a petition challenging detention of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides. The third bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan yesterday held hearing on their petition. Earlier, the LHC chief justice changed two successive benches hearing this petition for different reasons. The second two-member bench headed by Justice Kazim Raza Shamsi was changed because one of its members – Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmad was transferred while the first bench headed by Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan was changed as the court termed it a “routine matter”. The third (new) bench headed by Justice Khan heard the arguments of advocate A K Dogar, the counsel of Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid, who had challeneged their detention under anti-terrorism law. Dogar said the government had detained the JuD leaders without any justification. He said the UN resolution followed by the government did not seek detention of any citizen. He alleged that the government had detained the petitioners to please India and the US. He also questioned the powers of the Punjab government to include any citizen in the fourth schedule without trial, saying the powers solely vested with the federal government. The court issued notices to the federal and provincial governments for submitting of their replies till next hearing on April 20. The government on January 30 had put Saeed and the four leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat under house arrest in Lahore under the country s anti-terrorism act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Right-wing outfits hold protest for Jadhav’s release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of various right-wing organisations led by the Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti held a demonstration at Dadar in Central Mumbai today demanding the release of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan. Organisations like ‘Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti’, ‘Swarajya Hindusthan Pratishthan’, ‘Bajrang Dal’, ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ participated in the protest, wherein they shouted slogans against Pakistan by holding banners in their hands. Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti demanded that Pakistan should rather dare hang the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, and Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who is hiding in that country. “Pakistan has always resorted to oneupmanship while dealing with Bharat. Jadhav’s case is an example of this. His case was purposefully heard in a military court so as to refuse him an opportunity to defend himself, and the decision to hang him was taken,” said Samiti spokesperson Uday Dhuri. He said Jadhav was a patriot who had served as an officer in Indian Navy. “Pakistan should rather show the courage to apprehend and hang the Lashkar-E-Taiba co-founder Hafiz Saeed or infamous goon Dawood Ibrahim, instead of hanging Jadhav,” Dhuri demanded. He said, “If Pakistan still ignores our concerns, then India should stop Sindhu river water and close embassies in both the countries to teach Pakistan a lesson.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Birds of a feather: When UP CM Yogi Adityanath supported Donald Trump’s travel ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the last few days, a tweet had gone viral which purportedly shows the POTUS’ support for Yogi Adityanath. The tweet, which was doing the rounds, read: “Yogi is like my younger bro. A great leader. Like I’m leading US, he’ll lead UP. UP me rehna hai to Yogi Yogi Kehna hai.”While the tweet was fake, the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is a known admirer of Donald Trump. While Trump’s travel ban had faced almost universal criticism, one person who seemed to be a big fan was Yogi Adityanath. Speaking in January, he had said that similar action should be taken in India. “Similar action is needed to contain terror activities in this country.”It is no surprise that Adityanath would sing a similar tune as Trump given he had been saying similar thing about Muslims. He had alleged that the situation in western UP was like Kashmir three decades ago when “Kashmiri Pandits were terrorised and forced to leave”. He had also claimed that the situation was grim in other places in UP like Baghpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad. He had said: “Issues like the exodus of Hindus from Kairana, love jihad and women’s safety will dominate the poll scene. Yogi is not talking about today, Yogi is talking about the future. The BJP will not let western Uttar Pradesh turn into another Kashmir. Political leaders in this country speak against the majority community in the name of secularism. Governments in UP give land for kabristans (graveyards) but not for shamshanghats (cremation grounds).”In an undated video, he was quoted as saying: “If one Hindu girl is converted, we will convert 100 Muslims girls…The way Hindu girls are insulted, I don’t think a civilised society would accept it…If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands.”He had also compared Shah Rukh Khan to Hafiz Saeed saying: “Shah Rukh Khan should remember that if a huge mass in (the) society boycotts his films, he will also have to wander on streets like a normal Muslim… I think there is no difference between the language of Shah Rukh Khan and (Pakistan terror mastermind) Hafiz Saeed.”He has also taken offence to those who opposed yoga he had said: “Lord Shankar was the biggest Yogi who started Yoga. Mahadev lives in every particle of this country. So, those who want to avoid Yoga and Lord Shankar, can leave Hindustan.”He had also claimed that the possibility of riots was directly proportional to the number of Muslims present in an area. He had said: “There have been 450 riots in west UP in two-and-a-half years of Samajwadi Party because the population of a particular community is rising manifold. In places where there are 10-20% minority population, stray communal incidents take place. Where there are 20-35% of them, serious communal riots take place and where they are more than 35%, there is no place for non-Muslims.”

Uttar Pradesh’s next CM Yogi Adityanath, a mascot of unapologetic Hindutva

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A five-term Lok Sabha MP, BJP leader Yogi Adityanath is a fiery Hindutva mascot who has developed a reputation of being controversy’s favourite child over a period of time.Named as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh today, 44-year-old Adityanath, a priest-turned-politician, is known for his provocative speeches and mass following across the state and never shies away from making controversial remarks, be it about Islam or Pakistan. Clad in his trademark saffron-coloured robe, Aditayanth, a Gorakhpur MP, has been seeking greater power and is expected to give a push to BJP’s Hindutva-wrapped agenda of development with the emergence of a separate powerbase for the party in eastern UP.Born Ajay Singh, the diminutive shaven headed politician is known for his powerful oratory, though most of his speeches hinge on divisive lines and has been in the forefront in keeping the communal politics alive in the country. Adityanath, who is a strong votary of construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, drove BJP’s Hindutva campaign in eastern UP in the just concluded Assembly polls in the politically crucial state where it won three- fourths majority.Adityanath has rebelled against his party on several occasions, but because of the sway he holds over the ‘Hindu’ voters, the BJP apparently could not ignore his ‘leadership qualities.’ He had floated Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing outfit, in 2002. Ever since, the HYV has been largely instrumental in his meteoric rise – from a student leader to five-time MP. Right from comparing Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed during the intolerance debate in 2015 to asking people to leave India if they don’t practice Surya Namaskar in 2015, the Yogi has been at the centre of several controversies.Playing the religious card during the pre-poll campaign, the firebrand leader had said that controversial issues like ‘love jihad’ and ‘Kairana Hindu’ exodus have always been on his party s agenda. He had also said that the hurdles on the path of construction of a grand Ram temple will be gradually removed and its construction will soon start in Ayodhya. Born on June 5 1972, Adityanath was the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha at 26. He has been elected as an MP from Gorakhpur to the Lok Sabha in the 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections.In 2005, Adityanath allegedly led a purification drive which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. In one such instance, 1,800 Christians were reportedly converted to Hinduism in the town of Etah in UP. In January 2007, an altercation involving a Hindu group 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.” Adityanath has had a strained relation with the BJP for more than a decade. With the emergence of a separate powerbase in eastern UP, he has been seeking greater power, causing further conflicts.In December 2006, Adityanath had organised a three-day Virat Hindu Mahasammelan at Gorakhpur, during the same period when the BJP was holding its National Executive Meet in Lucknow. The 2007 elections saw a conflict between Adityanath and the BJP leadership – he wanted more than hundred seats in this region to go to candidates selected by him, but the party leadership would not agree. Subsequently, a compromise agreement was reached, possibly with inputs from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and eight of his candidates were fielded.In March 2010, Adityanath was one of several BJP MPs who started the defiance to the party whip on the Women’s Reservation Bill. Adityanath is the Mahant (head priest) of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, following the death of his spiritual “father,” Mahant Avaidyanath in September 2014. Though known more for his rightist Hindu politics, it is to his credit that people in Gorakhpur, especially around the temple, hold him in high esteem irrespective of whichever caste or community they belong to. Even Muslims around the temple are given protection by the Yogi.He is also the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a social, cultural and nationalist group of youth who seek to provide rightist Hindu platform. Yogi Adityanath comes from a Rajput family. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Uttarakhand.

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.)

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.

Re-investigate 26/11 case, put Saeed on trial: India tells Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has asked Pakistan to re-investigate the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case and put on trial Jammat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed who is currently under house arrest in Lahore under the anti-terrorism law. India has made a fresh demand in a reply to Pakistan’s request to send 24 Indian witnesses to record their statements in the case, an interior ministry official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Let’s see if Saeed’s arrest result of wise thinking: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said it has to be seen whether terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest was the result of “real wise thinking” on the part of Pakistan or simply because things had started “burning under their feet”. Parrikar also rejected the concept of good and bad terrorism, insisting,”I can say when you grow cactus, the thorns prick everyone.” His comments followed Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaza Asif’s remarks that Saeed’s house arrest was in Islamabad’s “larger interest” as he could pose a “serious threat” to the country. Parrikar said any country supporting terror was bound to feel its impact on its own security situation. “I hope they understand it…what has been said. If this is part of this understanding, it is a good thing that is happening. “But we will have to wait till we find out whether it is only because things started burning under their feet or it is real wise thinking,” he told a TV channel. Asif’s remarks about the danger posed by the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed, came at an international security conference in Munich, Germany, on Sunday. Saeed was placed under house arrest under the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on January 30 in Lahore, provoking criticism from various outfits loyal to him and allies. Saeed’s inclusion in the list was seen as a tacit acknowledgement of his links with militant organisations. Saeed was earlier this month put on the Exit Control List, barring him from leaving the country. Saeed was also put under house arrest after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, but he was freed by a court in 2009. He 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.)

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

<!– /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.

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.)

Saeed’s arrest rings alarm bells for militants in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarm bells are ringing for the militants and separatists after Pakistan detained Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and put his aides on the exit control list.Militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir fear that Pakistan’s action might be the beginning of a bigger crackdown on Jihadi organisations prompting some Kashmiri separatist leaders to call for indigenous way of struggle for the long term sustenance.”Detaining Hafiz Saeed will prove fatal for the ongoing freedom movement of Kashmir. Pakistan government should revisit the decision of detaining Hafiz Saeed”, said Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi, Lashkar spokesman quoting his Kashmir chief Mehmood Shah.United Jihad Council (UJC), the umbrella group of over a dozen militant outfits based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), said Saeed’s arrest could sent a negative message to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan should stand by the Kashmiris,” said Syed Salahudin, chief of UJC.Currently there are around 250-300 militants operating in J&K of whom nearly 225 are listed militants. Around 100 of these militants are Pakistanis, a majority owing allegiance to LeT headed by Saeed. Plus, local militants of LeT are also working in tandem with foreign counterparts in the valley.Post Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8 last year, nearly 59 locals have joined militancy in Kashmir. Separatists are rattled as Pakistan may ban all militant outfits in next few months with pressure from Indian and US government.

.NewDelhiANI @ 2/2/2017 6:56:31 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of state in the Prime Minister?s Office (PMO), on Thursday described Pakistan as the hub and epicentre of terrorism. Responding to queries related to Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader and alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed being placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) by the Pakistan Government, Jitendra Singh said Islamabad needs to bring the latter to justice and step demanding further evidences. ?I think the entire world acknowledges that India has been giving series of evidences at every level. Therefore there is hardly any evidence required?, says Singh. Ends SH NNNN ANI(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.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aircel-Maxis Case: Special Court discharges accused ex-telecom minister Maran, all othersA Special court discharged all accused in Aircel Maxis deal cases which were lodged by CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) involving ex-telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others. Read more hereArvind Kejriwal helping forces who were responsible for recent bomb blast in Punjab: Rahul GandhiLaunching an all-out attack against Arvind Kejriwal in the backdrop of the Maur Mandi blast, Rahul Gandhi today accused him of “helping” forces who want to disturb Punjab’s peace and push it back to the dark days of militancy. Read more hereLook at your own ‘involvement’ in militancy: Pak responds to India’s demand for crackdown on Hafiz SaeedIn a sharp reaction to India’s demand for “credible crackdown” on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan on Thursday said India should look at its own “involvement” in fomenting militancy on Pakistani soil before pointing fingers at others. Read more hereOil spill at Tamil Nadu coast: 40 tonnes of sludge collected near Kamarajar Port, says coast guardAs several government agencies are engaged in cleaning up the shoreline following the oil spill after two ships collided near the Kamarajar Port recently, the Coast Guard on Thursday said nearly 40 tonnes of oil sludge and 27 tonnes of oil mixed with water were collected so far. Read more hereInspite of indifferent T20 series with bat, Virat Kohli has many reasons to smileVirat Kohli maintained his top spot in the latest ICC rankings of T20 batsmen while India have gained a spot by virtue of their series win against England to climb to the second spot in the team rankings. Read more hereBadrinath Ki Dulhania trailer: Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s desi romance will leave you in splits!The trailer of Varun-Alia’s film has been unveiled and it’s crackling! Read more here

US should pressurise Pak to collect evidence against Hafiz Saeed: Ujjwal Nikam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting onus on the US authorities for initiating action against Hafiz Saeed, Special Public Prosecutor for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case Ujjwal Nikam on Thursday said that the authorities in Washington should put pressure on Pakistan to collect evidences against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief.Nikam stressed on the two most important proofs – the confessions of Mumbai attacks perpetrator Ajmal Kasab and 26/11 attacks accused David Headley – against Saeed.”There are two pieces of evidence. The first is Ajmal Kasab’s confession. Pakistan authorities can take his confession via video link. Secondly, David Headley, one of the members of the LeT, of which Hafiz Saeed is the founder,” Nikam told ANI.”Pakistan can take the evidence, but it won’t. It is high time American authorities put pressure upon Pakistani authorities to take these two evidences,” he added.Hinting at Pakistan’s hidden intention to defend Hafiz Saeed, Nikam pointed out that putting the former’s name in the Exit Control List itself indicates that the authorities have some prima facie evidence against him.”The very fact that Pakistani authorities have put the name of Hafiz Saeed in Exit Control List, it means that he cannot leave Pakistan without prior permission of the government. That clearly shows that Pakistani authorities have some prima facie evidence, and therefore, they have put his name in the Exit Control List,” he said.Nikam’s reaction came as Pakistan snubbed India?s demand of a credible crackdown on Saeed 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.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Remonetizing India: FM Jaitley stays away from announcing freebies; consumption focus of BudgetBudget 2017-18 has paved the way for a new campaign. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley started the process of remonetizing the country in a different way, just a few days before state elections, and without disturbing the code of conduct. Read morePak places Hafiz Saeed on exit control list, asks India to come up with concrete evidencePakistan on Wednesday asked India to come up with “concrete evidence” against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if it was serious about its allegations against him, a day after New Delhi said that only a credible crackdown on the Mumbai attack mastermind would be proof of Islamabad’s sincerity. Read moreTaxing times: Jaitley plays to the gallery with tax rate cutFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday proposed a reduction in the minimum tax to 5% from the earlier 10% for income tax slab of more than Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Read detailsGreen card holders don’t need waiver to enter US, confirms White HouseThe White House said on Wednesday it has issued updated guidance on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration clarifying that legal permanent residents, or green card holders, do not require a waiver to enter the United States. Read moreBudget 2017: On eve of state polls, Modi looks to clean up campaign fundingPrime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to clean up political funding with limits on cash donations and new “election bonds”, but some politicians and election officials said the measures would have limited impact. With several state polls about to begin that will help determine his chances of re-election in 2019, Modi’s administration sought to tackle widespread perceptions of vote buying by capping cash donations to political parties at Rs 2,000. Read more

Saeed in house arrest: Protests in Pakistan, India reacts cautiously

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India reacted cautiously to the reports of detention of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and four others under an anti-terrorism act by Pakistan.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the government has seen reports on Pakistan Interior Ministry order placing the JuD and the Falah e-Insaniyet Foundation under the watchlist and also the notification under which the foundation has been included in the second schedule of their anti-terror legislation under UN Security Council Resolution number 1267. “We have also noted that Hafiz Saeed and four others have been placed under preventive detention.”Exercises such as yesterday’s orders against Hafiz Saeed and others have been carried out by Pakistan in the past also. Only a credible crack down on the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and terrorist organisations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan’s sincerity,” Swarup said.
ALSO READ 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed put under house arrest; blames ‘friendship’ between Modi & TrumpThe Spokesperson further said India has long maintained that the UNSC 1267 provisions pertaining to listing and proscription of known terrorist entities and individuals must be effectively and sincerely enforced by all member states. “We have also consistently called for bringing known terrorists under the ambit of the 1267 sanctions,” he said.According to JuD activists, Saeed was at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji in Lahore when police descended there to implement the order of detention issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27.
ALSO READ Hafiz Saeed blames ‘friendship’ between Modi and Trump for house arrest! Pakistan’s reactionAccording to Pakistani media, Saeed’s detention may help ease Indo-Pak tension, even as supporters of the Mumbai attack mastermind launched protests across major cities against the government’s decision which they say was taken under pressure from the US and India.Saeed, who was detained on Monday at his Lahore headquarters, has been shifted to his residence which has been declared as a sub-jail by authorities in Punjab province. The provincial authorities have also started to remove the banners of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) from the roads of Lahore.National flags have been hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead of party flags, on the directives of the provincial home department. As he was placed under house arrest, his supporters launched protests in cities like Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. “The detention of Hafiz Saeed could help ease tensions between nuclear-armed foes Pakistan and India, although New Delhi has not yet responded,” Express Tribune commented.It said that the 2008 Mumbai attack brought Pakistan and India to the brink of war after 10 gunmen killed 166 people in a rampage that included attacks on two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a train station. Saeed has denied any role in the attack and has distanced himself from LeT, while leading his charity JuD.Supporters accused Nawaz Sharif government of succumbing to the wishes of the US, which has offered a US $10 million reward for information leading to Saeed’s arrest. “This government has buckled under the pressure,” JuD spokesperson Nadeem Awan said who also accused India of pressurising the government.Another spokesperson, Farooq Azam, announced protests in Karachi by “different religious and Kashmiri leaders”. The paper said a senior Pakistani defence ministry official said Islamabad had not been contacted by the new administration of US President Donald Trump but had been feeling US pressure on the issue. “Trump is taking hard decisions against Muslim countries, there is open talk of actions against Pakistan also. So yes, this was a consideration,” said the official.Other government officials have said recently that a broader diplomatic campaign pushed by India to isolate Pakistan has taken a toll, even involving pressure from longtime ally China. Four days back, Punjab’s Ministry of Interior had included names of Saeed and four others — Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz — in the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions and ordered their preventive detention.Ubaid, Iqbal, Abid and Niaz were also also taken into preventive custody, Pakistani media reported. Punjab government’s action comes amidst pressure on Pakistan from the Trump administration that it must take action against JuD and Saeed to avoid sanctions.JuD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of November 26,2008, which was masterminded by Saeed. JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. Earlier too Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai attack, but was released about six months later in June 2009 after a court order.

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Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect

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

Watch: Hafiz Saeed blames ‘growing friendship’ between PM Modi and President Trump for his house arrest!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With 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. Saeed was at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji in Lahore when police descended there to implement the order of detention issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry yesterday in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27, JuD activists and Pakistani media said. He “is at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji and a heavy contingent of police has surrounded the JuD headquarters,” JuD official Ahmed Nadeem, who was present at the premises of the outfit, told PTI by phone. “The commanding police officer told us that he has with him the house arrest order of the JuD chief issued by the Punjab Home Department,” Nadeem said. “We are going to shift Hafiz Saeed from Masjid Al-Qudsia Chauburji to his Jauhar Town residence to place him under house arrest on the order of the government,” a senior police officer told PTI. Saeed’s residence has been declared sub-jail, he said.Meanwhile, the 26/11 mastermind blamed the ‘growing friendship’ between PM Modi and Donald Trump for his house arrest. Saeed released a video in which he claimed that Trump was putting pressure to arrest him since he wanted to become friends with Modi. Watch the video below:National flags were hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead of party flags, on the directives of provincial home department, local media reports said. The provincial authorities have also started to remove the banners of JuD from the roads of Lahore, the reports said. Nadeem said the Pakistani government had been under pressure from the United States to take action against Saeed or face sanctions. “This government has buckled under the pressure,” he said.Three days back, Punjab’s Ministry of Interior had included names of Saeed and four others — Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz — in the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions and ordered their preventive detention.Ubaid, Iqbal, Abid and Niaz were also also taken into preventive custody, Pakistani media reported.Punjab government’s action comes amidst pressure on Pakistan from the Trump administration that it must take action against JuD and Saeed to avoid sanctions.JuD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of November 26,2008, which was masterminded by Saeed.In a notification issued on January 27, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had said “…on the basis of report sent by Ministry of Foreign Affairs …, the Federal government, having reasons to believe, that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation is engaged in certain activities which could be prejudicial to peace and security and in violation of Pakistan’s obligations to the United Nations Security Council Resolution No 1267.”It directed the Punjab government to put the organisation on the Watch List. In a similar order, the Federal government directed putting Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) on the Watch List for a period of 6 months, which is extendable.Citing these directives from the Federal governent, Punjab’s Ministry of Interior had issued an order yesterday, in which it “placed Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) on the Watch List and have listed these organizations in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended)”.Under this section of ATA, the government has the power to arrest and detain suspected persons.”Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz are reportedly active members of the aforementioned organizations within the meaning of Section 11EEE(1) of the ATA 1997 (as amended). As such, they must be placed under preventive detention,” the order said.The notification asked the Home Secretary to “kindly direct the concerned agencies to move and take necessary action” as the matter “is most urgent”.Earlier during the day, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the PML-N government was taking steps to “fulfil our obligations” with regard to JuD.The organisation JuD has been under observation since 2010-11. Since it has also been listed by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee, we are bound to take some steps. We are taking those steps to fulfill our obligations, he told reporters after inaugurating a passport office in Islamabad.JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.Saeed also carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities. With inputs from PTI

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