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India verifying Pak claims of capture
MEA confirms MIG-21 pilot missing in action, Pakistan claims he is in their custody
27.02.19 - TEAM PT
MEA confirms MIG-21 pilot missing in action, Pakistan claims he is in their custody



An Indian Air Force pilot who engaged Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace this morning is missing in action, the government has said. A foreign ministry spokesperson said India is verifying Pakistani claims that the pilot is in its custody.
 
MEA spoksperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan had responded to its air strike by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. But the attempts were foiled, he said.
 
"The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," said the spokesperson.
 
Kumar also confirmed earlier reports that a Pakistani fighter jet was shot down by Indian fighters. The Pakistani F-16 aircraft crashed on its territory, in the Lam Valley area along the Line of Control.

Earlier, Major General Asif Gafoor, the spokesperson for the Pakistani military, held a press conference claiming that Pakistani fighter jets had carried out "strikes" in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistani jets also took down two Indian Air Force fighters, Ghafoor said, one of which crashed in Paksitan-controlled territory. Both pilots of the crashed jet -- a MiG 21 -- were taken in custody and one who was injured was being giving treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left an event early and met with top officials including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Defence and Foreign Secretaries and intelligence officials amid rising tension.
 
Full Statement from MEA-IAF:

India had informed about Counter-Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.

The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.
 
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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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IAF Strike
Yes, We Struck Pakistan: Foreign Secretary gives out details
26.02.19 - TEAM PT
Yes, We Struck Pakistan: Foreign Secretary gives out details



Indian forces carried out a strike at the biggest camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakote early this morning, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Tuesday, hours after IAF dropped 1,000 pound bombs in a thickly-forested hilltop that has eliminated a large number of terrorists.
 
India called the strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp located deep on Pakistani soil as ‘non-military preemptive action’. In the first official briefing by a high ranking Indian bureaucrat, Gokhale made it clear that India carried out airstrikes to pre-empt further fidayeen style attacks on India.

Gokhale said that the strikes were carried out on "the biggest training camp in Balakot”, which he said was being run by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar.
 
It isn’t clear at this moment whether Maula Yusuf Azhar himself was killed in the attacks carried out by India’s Mirage 2000 aircraft.

Without clarifying the number of casualties, Gokhale said that in the strikes were carried out based on an intelligence-led operation "in the early hours of Tuesday, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.” 
 
The Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attack in Kashmir's Pulwama, in which 40 soldiers were killed.
 
"Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country and fidayeen jihadis (suicide bombers) were being trained for this purpose," the Foreign Secretary said.

"India has given proof many times seeking action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and others at terror camps so big, that they can train hundreds of jihadis and terrorists at any given time. But due to Pakistan's inaction, this step was necessary and had to be taken," he said.

At around 3:30 this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, according to reports.
 
Pakistan claimed that the "no infrastructure was hit" and tried to downplay the impact. "Indian aircrafts' intrusion across LOC in Muzaffarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties," tweeted Major General Asif Ghafoor of the Inter-Services Public Relations.
 
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also called an "emergency meeting” after India carried out air strikes across the LoC.
 
Qureshi said that India has carried out a misadventure against Pakistan. "I will call it a grave aggression. We had warned the world that such an act can take place. Today they carried out this misadventure against Pakistan. This is a violation of the Line of Control. Pakistan reserves the right to an adequate response and a right to self defence. I will meet the Prime Minister and present him with the view of the Foreign Ministry," he added.

The airstrikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is the first time Indian Air Force has been used in Pakistan controlled air space after the 1971 war. During the 1999 Kargil conflict, the Vajpayee government had decided to restrict the use of IAF to own side of LoC.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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War is not a picnic, former RAW chief warns PM Modi
24.02.19 - Team PT
War is not a picnic, former RAW chief warns PM Modi



FORMER CHIEF OF RAW A. S. Dulat said that war was not a picnic and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to weigh his widely speculated options against Pakistan with preference for an aggressive diplomacy.

"Prime Minister Modi has been lucky so far, but he must weigh his options carefully. War is not a picnic,” Dulat expressed his views during a chat with National Herald newspaper and asserted that there is no substitute to ‘talks’.

Dulat (pic) said he did not believe war was imminent.

"I don’t think so. The government [Prime Minister Modi] did say they were giving a free hand to the army, but wars are nastier these days. I’m sure there are other options short of war. Even after the Mumbai terror attack, there was a clamour for war, probably even louder, but Dr Manmohan Singh did not go to war. So, Modi has to weigh his options, people at the top have to weigh the consequences. War is not a picnic.

There hasn’t been a real war since 1971. Kargil was a limited operation and it was in the heights where fortunately not many civilians got affected. But, if Lahore is bombed, or Amritsar is bombed or even Muzaffarabad is bombed, are we prepared for the consequences? Today, the weaponry is also not that of 1971, it has all changed.”

"We have to win the hearts and minds of the people of Kashmir Valley,” said Dulat, a Kashmir expert, who served as adviser to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, adding that Vajpayee had faced the worst of assaults – including the Kargil standoff, the parliament attack and the hijacking of the Indian airline plane to Kandahar. But he handled all the events with equanimity.

Dulat said the embrace between Congress minister in Punjab and former cricketer Navjot Sidhu and Pakistan’s Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa should not be misread.

"How Sidhu greeted General Bajwa is how Punjabis meet and greet each other. And here, they were not just Punjabis, but here was a Jatt Sikh from our side meeting a Jatt from the other side. The way a Sidhu and a Bajwa met is the normal way they would meet. If there was an element of embarrassment, it should have been caused more to Bajwa, who was in uniform. Sidhu did whatever he did spontaneously.

Dulat explained the genesis of the current spiral. "When you stop talking, then you are cutting down your options. That’s why we are back to the narrative of violence. When it comes to insurgencies worldwide, very rarely has an insurgency been sorted out or solved through force and by the gun.

The British, who dealt with this more than anybody else, had a huge problem in 1950 in Malaya. And that is when two of their top officers (a Field Marshal and a General) wrote the first handbook on how to deal with insurgency and the crux of that handbook, which is still used in the West, is that there is a need to win the hearts and minds of the people.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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Comment by: Kanwal jit Singh Gill

All the people serving in the army, Air Force, Navy etc. know that solution for the Kashmir problem is political and not the wars and getting soldiers killed. But political leaderships want to misuse Kashmir issue for their political benefits and they have never cared for soldiers lives lost in those wars. It is very bad that selfish political leaders are ruling the country who cares only for their political benefits and don't care for innocent lives in wars.

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“Disaster” describe Adivasi rights group as Supreme Court orders eviction of tribespeople
23.02.19 - Team PT
“Disaster” describe Adivasi rights group as Supreme Court orders eviction of tribespeople



The Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of up to 8 million tribal and other forest-dwelling people, in what campaigners have described as "an unprecedented disaster,” and "the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever” claims Survival International, an organisation that champions tribal peoples around the world.

According to Survival, the February 13 ruling is in response to requests by Indian conservation groups to declare invalid the Forest Rights Act, which gives forest-dwelling people rights to their ancestral lands, including in protected areas. The groups had also demanded that where tribespeople had tried and failed to secure their rights under the Act, they should be evicted.

The groups reportedly include Wildlife First, Wildlife Trust of India, the Nature Conservation Society, the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust and the Bombay Natural History Society.

In an extraordinary move, the national government failed to appear in court to defend the tribespeople’s rights, and the Court therefore ruled in favor of the evictions, which it decreed should be completed by July 27.
 
A Soliga man worships at a sacred site, now inside a tiger reserve. ©Survival 
 
The order affects more than 1.1 million households, with experts estimating this could mean more than 8 million individuals will now be evicted – and the number is likely to rise, as some states have not provided details as to how many will be affected claims Survival.

Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said today: "This judgement is a death sentence for millions of tribal people in India, land theft on an epic scale, and a monumental injustice.

It will lead to wholesale misery, impoverishment, disease and death, an urgent humanitarian crisis, and it will do nothing to save the forests which these tribespeople have protected for generations.

Will the big conservation organizations like WWF and WCS condemn this ruling and pledge to fight it, or will they be complicit in the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever?”
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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PUNJAB NOW AMONG 11
Attacks on Kashmiris: SC cracks whip, tells Centre, States to stop violence
22.02.19 - PT Bureau
Attacks on Kashmiris: SC cracks whip, tells Centre, States to stop violence



Top court issues notice to Centre, 11 states, including Punjab 

NEW DELHI, Feb 22: Sending clear signals that it is perturbed over the country-wide attacks on Kashmiri students, the Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and 11 states, including Punjab, asking for prompt action to stem these attacks and calls for social boycott.

It said nodal officers were in place and asked the Centre to give publicity about these officers so that victims of violence can approach them. 

Initially, the list only had names of nine states where attacks against Kashmiri students had taken place but during the hearing, two more states, including Punjab, were also added. Considering that Punjab has a Congress government and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh himself handles the Home Affairs portfolio, the development is embarrassing for Rahul Gandhi and his Congress party.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves brought it to the notice of the apex court that Punjab and Maharashtra have also emerged as states that have witnessed attacks against Kashmiris. Consequently, these states were also added to the list.

It is not clear how far the Supreme Court action will go in stopping hate speech, threats of violence and violence. "If I have locked myself in my hostel room hundreds of miles from home and there is a crowd outside baying for my blood because I am a Kashmiri, then how do I reach the Nodal Officer, irrespective of the publicity about his appointment?" asked a girl student from Kashmir when approached by Punjab Today for her reaction. She said she was hoping for a more proactive intervention and states that failed to stem these attacks or did not go after the tormentors should have been taken to task.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said Centre could have only issued an advisory to the state governments, a step it has already taken, since law and order is a state subject. He also said nodal officers have been appointed. 
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Following the Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, a large number of Kashmiri students were harassed and beaten up in Dehradun and many other places.
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The SC bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and including Justices LN Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, ordered the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to give wide publicity about these nodal officers so that anyone aggrieved can approach them. It directed nodal officers to take all steps to stop violence and discrimination.
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The states which have been issued notice include Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Meghalaya, West Bengal and Maharashtra. 

The petition was filed before the SC by a lawyer, Tariq Adeeb, seeking action to stop harassment of Kashmiris in parts of the country in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

Following the Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, a large number of Kashmiri students were harassed and beaten up in Dehradun and many other places. Hundreds have left their educational institutes. In many cases, managements of these institutes openly conceded that they took action against Kashmiri faculty and students at the instance of mobs.

The original petition had arraigned eight states and the Union government as respondents, and had provided details of the alleged attacks on Kashmiris. It had asked the apex court to direct heads of educational institutions to take steps to protect the lives of Kashmiris. 

The petition also sought action against those indulging in and propagating hate speech.
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Political analysts said it was difficult to instil confidence among Kashmiri students in Punjab since CM Amarinder Singh has been leading the most hawkish stance in the country, threatening to cross over into Pakistan to pick up the terrorists sheltered there. 
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Situation bad in Punjab

Many places in Punjab have been reporting violence against Kashmiri Muslims. Friday’s newspapers were full of reports about Hindutva groups roaming about Derabassi, next door to capital Chandigarh, asking residents to throw out Kashmiri tenants.

One Lovely Vaishnav, national general secretary of the Rashtriya Hindu Shakti Sangathan, was quoted by the Indian Express as saying: "We went to Gulmohar City in Dera Bassi and asked house owners to evict the students from there. Many Kashmiri students were living there.”

Earlier, the Swami Sarvanand Institute of Management Technology in Gurdaspur’s Dinanagar witnessed protests against Kashmiri students. Activists of outfits including the Shiv Sena, entered campus and started raising slogans against Kashmiri students. All Kashmiri students studying at the college left for Kashmir. 

Every room of the college hostel now has national tricolor, ostensibly in the memory of those martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.

In Mohali's Ballopur village, 30 Kashmiri students staying in paying guesthouses (PGs) were allegedly asked to leave by residents. They have all left. Derabassi SDM Pooja Siyal was quick to facilitate their leaving, and arranged transportation, but no action was taken against those who instigated the threats. Raja Hafizullah, a student of civil engineering at Universal College, said some people had threatened the owner of their PG to evict them. Local media reported a student Mujeeb as saying that all Kashmiri students living in PGs together decided to leave the village as they feared for their safety.

Political analysts said it was difficult to instil confidence among Kashmiri students in Punjab since CM Amarinder Singh has been leading the most hawkish stance in the country, threatening to cross over into Pakistan to pick up the terrorists sheltered there.
 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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Comment by: Raj Kumar Singh

But what about Kashmiris distributing laddoos in killing of army personnel and raising of anti India slogans. Nobody spoke against Kashmiri pandits made refugees and uprooted from the land they were living from centuries. What a secular state India is. Everyone is against Hindus only.

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