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Pakistan denounces India’s ‘dangerous’ Islamophobic trend at UN

Pakistan denounces India’s ‘dangerous’ Islamophobic trend at UN

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Pakistan denounces India's 'dangerous' Islamophobic trend at UN

Pakistan has told the United Nations General Assembly about India’s “abysmal” treatment of religious minorities, with a forceful call for New Delhi to reverse the “dangerous” Islamophobic trend in the South Asian country, as also advocated by UN human rights experts.

“Can the representative of India justify the recent incident where a BJP leader openly threatened to slaughter 200,000 Muslims,” Pakistani delegate Rabia Ijaz asked India’s representative who earlier accused Pakistan of mistreating its minorities, while also alleging that it was involved in terrorism.

“We witnessed India’s leadership’s unabashed use of anti-Muslim rhetoric for political gain, including their prime minister (Narendra Modi) calling Muslims ‘infiltrators’ during one of his (recent) campaign speeches. Moreover, Hindu priests have openly called for genocide of Muslim minorities in India,” Ijaz, a second secretary in the Pakistan Mission to the UN, said while exercising her right of reply to the Indian representative during the 193-member Assembly’s debate on “Responsibility to Protect (R2P).”

India’s representative, Kajal Bhat, a counsellor in the Indian Mission to the UN, made the allegations in response to Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram’s sharp speech on Monday in which the Pakistani envoy, apart from New Delhi’s atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, also highlighted the grave human rights abuses of Muslims in India.

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“Muslims face systematic, officially sanctioned, discrimination, violence and oppression,” Ambassador Akram said. “The law-enforcement and judicial machinery was complicit in this oppression as lynching of Muslims by cow vigilantes and RSS thugs goes unpunished.”

Ijaz, the Pakistani delegate, reacting to the allegations by the Indian representative, said, “Our leadership swiftly intervenes, condemns the acts (involving minorities), and ensures swift justice for the perpetrators.”

In sharp stark contrast, she said, India’s leadership was bent on escalating communal tensions, pointing out that India stands out where the government not only endorses but is complicit in these serious crimes.

“There is a glaring lack of political will to curb these atrocities in India, unlike Pakistan’s unequivocal stance in similar circumstances,” the Pakistani delegate remarked, noting that UN human rights experts issued a statement in March stating, “We are alarmed by continuing reports of attacks on religious, racial and ethnic minorities, on women and girls on intersecting grounds, and on civil society, including human rights defenders and the media in India.”

“Instead of making vitriolic remarks and fabricating information with no evidence against my country, they (Indians) should better address the concerns being consistently raised by the UN experts and reverse the dangerous Islamophobic trend in their country,” she said.

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About the Indian representative’s reference to the 1971 events, Ms Ijaz said those were not a question of genocide but of India’s foreign aggression and attack on national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.

As regards terrorism, the Pakistani delegate said it was ironic for India that uses terrorism as an instrument of State policy against its neighbours to point fingers at others when it is itself a state sponsor of terrorism, running a global franchise of assassination campaigns and had even abused sanctions regimes in the UN Security Council to prevent the listing of its nationals involved in various terrorist activities.

About India claim of Kashmir as its integral part, Ms Ijaz said that New Delhi knows that it’s illegal annexation (in August 2019) would never be accepted by the occupied people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Jammu & Kashmir dispute is neither a constitutional nor an internal matter of India,” she said, adding, “It has always been and continues to remain an internationally recognized dispute under relevant Security Council resolutions. It cannot be wished away by India through legal acrobatics.”

In conclusion, the Pakistani delegate urged the international community to work towards alleviating the suffering of the people of Jammu & Kashmir by granting them their right of self-determination as enshrined by the UN Charter as well as numerous UNSC resolutions.

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NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team, headed by Deputy Director Mustansar Imam Shah probed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi in the new Toshakhana reference at Adiala Jail.

According to jail sources, today marks the seventh day of the NAB team’s investigation at Adiala Jail and the NAB team will present a progress report on the investigation in court tomorrow.

The NAB team is working to gather information and evidence related to the case.

Sources revealed that the court has ordered the reappearance of the PTI founder and Bushra Bibi on July 22.

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It is pertinent to note that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi are on eight-day judicial remand in new Toshakhana reference.

NAB TOSHAKHANA REFERENCE

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi were arrested in a NAB Toshakhana reference, hours after their acquittal in the Iddah nikah case.

According to jail sources, Imran Khan and his wife were arrested for not cooperating in the inquiry.

A NAB team headed by Deputy Director Mohsin Haroon reached Adiala Jail to arrest the former prime minister and his wife in new case.

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The sources said that the new case was related to keeping and selling the ten valuable gifts which was against the law.

According to the NAB inquiry report, the PTI founder is accused of taking and selling seven precious watches which include Rolex, diamonds, and gold watches. The gifts were sold without taking ownership as per the law.

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FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

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Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack by a gang of extremists on its consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the foreign office conveyed strong protest to the German government over the failure of its authorities to protect the sanctity and security of the premises of Pakistan’s consulate.

The statement mentioned the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 under which it is the responsibility of the host government to protect the sanctity of the consular premises and ensure the security of diplomats.

The foreign office added that in yesterday’s incident, the security of Pakistan’s consulate in Frankfurt was breached, endangering the lives of its consular staff.

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It urged the German government to take immediate measures to fulfil its responsibilities under the Vienna Conventions and ensure the security of the diplomatic missions and staff of Pakistan in Germany.

Also Read: Afghan citizens attack Pakistan consulate in Germany, pull down flag

The foreign office also urged the German authorities to take immediate measures to arrest and prosecute those involved in yesterday’s incident and hold to account those responsible for the lapses in security.

The citizens of Afghanistan had pelted stones on the Pakistani consulate and pulled down flag atop the building in Germany’s city Frankfurt.

According to media, the German authorities had allowed Afghan citizens to hold a peaceful protest outside the consulate. But the protesters went berserk and tried to enter the consulate building. They also tried to set the Pakistani flag to fire.

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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was involved in the Bannu incident.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy from the day one.

The minister said creating instability in the country is PTI’s manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always promoted the politics of violence and using abusive language against opponents.

Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces.

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He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said that PTI is not a political party but a terrorist organisation.

Attaullah Tarar said that traders of Bannu had organised a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretly inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others.

Also Read: Govt decides to ban PTI, initiate treason case against Imran Khan and Arif Alvi

The minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident.

On Friday, public in Bannu district came out on streets, demanding peace and security against surge in terrorism.

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However, the situation escalated when clashes erupted between protesters and law-enforcement agencies as a result of which several people were injured and one died.

Tarar also refuted the reports of PTI founder Imran Khan being kept in the death cell in jail.

“He is being kept in the presidential suite with lot of facilities including separate kitchen, exercise machine and a special gallery for walk,” said Tarar.

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