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US Congresswoman designates India as “country of a particular concern”

According to information released on Thursday, US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning abuses of religious liberty and human rights in India and urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate India as a "country of particular concern." According to the US Congress website, the resolution was submitted on Tuesday and is co-sponsored by representatives Rashida Talib and Juan Vargas. It used the conclusions and recommendations of a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom as the foundation for its justifications for designating India as a nation of special concern (USCIRF).  

‘India unleashed brute state apparatus to browbeat Muslims’: PM Sharif

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has censured the Indian government over the ongoing brutality and state oppression against the Muslims of India. The situation became worst as they staged protests against BJP leaders' sacrilegious remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). "India is working on a plan to 'further marginalize' the Indian Muslims on political, economic, and cultural grounds, but the face of New Delhi's so-called 'democracy' is exposed to the world," the premier wrote on Twitter.

Indian Muslim activist’s house demolished

It was reported on Sunday that the civic authorities in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj demolished the house of Welfare Party of India activist Javed Mohammed. The authorities claimed that the house was an illegal construction. The Prayagraj Development Authority also alleged that it had given a show-cause notice to Mohammed, on May 10 but Mohammed's daughter, Somaiya Fatima, rubbished off all the false allegations.

Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif test positive for Covid-19

According to the Hindustan Times, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have tested positive for Covid-19. The actors are the most recent celebrities to get the virus, having been seen at ace filmmaker Karan Johar's 50th birthday party last month. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee verified Khan's positive test for Covid. The senator wished the Zero star a speedy recovery after rumours surfaced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.  

Pakistan slams BJP for remarks against Holy Prophet (PBUH)

President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have strongly condemned recent insulting remarks about the Holy Prophet (PBUH) made by two leaders of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I strongly condemn the hurtful remarks made by India's BJP leader on our dear Prophet (PBUH). India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms and persecuting Muslims, as I have frequently stated." In a tweet on Sunday, the prime minister stated, "The world should take notice and severely reprimand India."  

‘Indian policies discriminate against Muslims’: US State Dpt

On Friday, the US State Department said that 2021 was a year of attacks on the minority communities in India, especially Muslims. The annual report was published by Secretary of State Antony Blinken which comprised separate chapters about the state of religious freedom and violations in all countries. “Attacks included incidents of ‘cow vigilantism’ against non-Hindus based on allegations of cow slaughter or trade of beef,” said the India section of the report.

Gyanvapi Masjid targeted by Hindus, court orders survey

On Thursday, a Varanasi court ordered that the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque be completed and a report submitted by May 17. The order came a day after a petition calling for the removal of the court-appointed Advocate Commissioner in charge of the survey. "The court has directed to undertake a comprehensive survey and provide a detailed report on May 17 for the next hearing of the matter," said Subhash Nandan Chatterjee, one of the petitioners' lawyers. The court ordered the district administration not to postpone the survey under any circumstances.  

Pakistan rejects Indian propaganda on misuse of Kartarpur Corridor

Islamabad: On Sunday, Pakistan categorically dismissed the "malicious Indian propaganda regarding the alleged use of the Kartarpur Corridor for business meetings". In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said: "it is obvious that this concoction is part of India’s deliberate smear campaign seeking to undermine Pakistan’s historic initiative of opening the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh pilgrims from India and around the world". “Pakistan accords the highest primacy to the rights of the minorities. Sanctity of religious places and revered sites of every community is ensured in Pakistan,” Iftekhar added.

India, World Bank consider $2 billion for Sri Lanka

Colombo: On April 22, Sri Lanka's finance minister said that its neighbour India and the World Bank were considering extending about $2 billion in bridge finance. The decision is taken outrightly so Sri Lanka can continue essential imports. "Talks with the World Bank have also been very positive," Ali Sabry said, adding: "In the next four weeks to six months we expect about $500 million from them, which will be partly used to provide direct cash transfers to the poor".

Britain and India aim for free trade

New Delhi: On April 22, Britain and India agreed to beef up defense and business cooperation during a visit to New Delhi by Boris Johnson. Boris said that the bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October. On his first visit to the Indian capital as UK's prime minister, he discussed with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi strategies to boost security ties with India. India's foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said that Johnson did not put pressure on Modi over New Delhi's position on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Int’l Community should hold India accountable: Foreign Office

On April 18, the Foreign Office on Monday vehemently condemned the recent rampage of targeted attacks against the Muslim community by "fanatic Hindu mobs" in various Indian states. It called the international community to hold the country accountable "for its gross and widespread human rights violations". "This incident has re-kindled the horrific memories of the Delhi pogrom of February 2020, which was aimed to discriminate, dispossess and dehumanize the Muslim community," the FO said.

Pakistan seeks peaceful relations with India: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has informed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi of his desire for amicable relations with India. In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, PM Shehbaz, who was sworn in earlier this week, expressed Pakistan's desire for peaceful relations with India. The letter was written in response to an Indian leader's message congratulating PM Shehbaz on his win in the National Assembly. According to sources, PM Shehbaz told his Indian counterpart that Islamabad wishes to resolve all concerns with New Delhi, including Kashmir.    

Parents of Indian journalist killed in Afghanistan start legal action against Taliban

New Delhi: On March 22, it was reported that the parents of Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last year, began legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Islamist group. Siddiqui was embedded with Afghan special forces when killed on July 16 during a failed attempt by government troops to retake Spin Boldak. His lawyer, Avi Singh, told that Siddiqui's parents were seeking legal action against six leaders, and other unidentified commanders of the Taliban, for being a photojournalist and an Indian national.

Russia must adhere to UN Charter: UK, India

London: On March 22, it was reported that in a joint call, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Russia must adhere to the United Nations Charter. According to a readout provided by Johnson's office, "The pair agreed that Ukraine’s integrity and territorial sovereignty must be respected," a statement issued by Johnson's office following the call said. Johnson also said both countries required to enhance efforts to promote peace and de-escalation in the region

India “somewhat shaky” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Biden

As India looks to balance its relations with Russia and the West, US President Joe Biden has stated that India is the only country in the quad group of countries that is "slightly wobbly" as a result of its passivity in response to Russia's war on Ukraine. "We have presented a united front throughout NATO and in the Pacific in response to his aggression," Biden said at a business gathering on Monday, alluding to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

Indian court calls hijab ban ‘setting precedent’

New Delhi: It was reported that the Indian court upheld on Tuesday a ban on wearing the hijab in classrooms in the southern state of Karnataka. The ruling could set a precedent for the rest of the country which has a big Muslim minority. The ban last month by the state had sparked protests by some Muslim students and parents, and counter-protests by Hindu students. "We are of the considered opinion that wearing of hijab by Muslim women does not form a part of essential religious practice in the Islamic faith," Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi of the High Court of Karnataka said in the verdict.

India’s Congress fires five state chiefs after poll drubbing

New Delhi: It emerged on Tuesday that India's opposition Congress party fired the local chiefs of five states after humiliating losses in recent elections. A Congress spokesperson said that its president Sonia Gandhi had asked state party heads of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur to resign "to facilitate reorganization" of their local units. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) thrashed Congress in the last two general elections in 2014 and 2019.

Farrukh Habib slams India for firing missile

Farrukh Habib, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting vehemently castigated India for firing missile in Pakistani territory. "What kind of defense system does India have that has no control over its missiles?," he asked. He also said that the world should take notice of whether India's defense system was strong enough to handle its own nuclear missiles. Weaknesses in their defense system have also become a threat to peace in the region, he added.

IHC permits India to provide another counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav

Islamabad: It was reported that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reportedly allowed India another chance, till April 13, to provide counsel to Kulbhushan Jadhav. A larger bench comprising of Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Amir Farooq, and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb, on the request of the Law Ministry conceded to provide government counsel to Kulbhushan Jadhav to execute the decision of the International Court of Justice (IHC). The Attorney General informed India of the progress in the case of Jadhav and said that India wanted the court proceedings in Pakistan to stop so that it can appeal to the International Court of Justice.

Pakistan abstains from voting against Russia

It was reported that the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that "demanded" Russia's "immediate" withdrawal from Ukraine. However, Pakistan abstained from taking part in voting against the resolution. Japan and New Zealand led condemnation from Asia, but China, India, and Pakistan refrained. During the debate, Beijing had emphasized the world had "nothing to gain" from a new Cold War.

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt likely to plan a wedding soon: Report

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been dating for at least three years now and when you're dating for that long, the subject of moving the relationship to the next level is going to emerge. Fans have been waiting for the ball to drop, and sources say it could happen very soon now that their new home is nearing completion.  

Ban on hijab violates religious freedom: US

The ban on hijab has been considered a violation of religious freedom in the United States (US). Voices opposing the hijab ban in Indian educational institutions have begun to grow around the world, according to details. While a number of celebrities have spoken out against Hindu extremists' intimidation and harassment of Muslim girls and women who wear the hijab, the US has fiercely opposed the current ban.    

Protests against hijab ban continue in India

According to foreign media, a demonstration erupted in India's capital city on Thursday against the Indian state of Karnataka's prohibition on headscarves in educational institutions. A group of protesters gathered outside the Karnataka Bhawan in New Delhi around 3.30 p.m. on Thursday. College students from various student organisations were among the demonstrators. "We've come to gherao (surround) the Karnataka Bhawan over the state's attempts to incite riots," one demonstrator stated.On Friday morning, a massive fire erupted in Lala Musa, Landa Bazaar, destroying almost 200 stores.    

Modi Plunging India into civil war: Lalu Prasad

On Thursday, attacking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 'hijab row' in Karnataka, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav warned that India was leading the way towards a civil war under BJP-led govt. “The country is heading towards a civil war under PM Modi’s rule. They are not talking about inflation, poverty but about Ayodhya and Varanasi. They have got the feeling that by doing this they will get Hindu votes,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said

Pakistani celebrities laud Muskan Bibi of India

A young woman in India named Muskan won hearts all over Pakistan for showing courage against right-wing extremists. Pakistani celebrities lauded the burqa-clad young woman's courage and called her lioness for fighting for her rights. VJ and actor Anoushey Ashraf shared Muskan's quote saying "Our priority is our education. They're ruining our education," and added "#Allahoakbar". Actors Syed Jibran and Faysal Quraishi expressed their respect for her bravery.

Muslim girls deprived of education in India because of hijab

Muslim students in India were reportedly protesting against Hindu plans to close educational doors under the cover of hijab, according to reports. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stated that in India, girls are being denied access to education due to hijab. Human rights organisations should not remain silent in the face of this incident and should raise their voices in support of these girls studying in India. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked, "Our concern is no longer restricted to occupied Kashmir; the crimes in Kashmir have drawn the world's attention."  

FM Qureshi urges Indian Muslims to stand up for their rights

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged Indian Muslims to fight for the defence of their fundamental rights in the country. The minister warned in a statement released today that if the Muslim community remains mute, the persecution campaign against Muslims in the neighbouring countries will continue. The banning of the hijab in educational institutions in Karnataka, India, was strongly condemned by FM Qureshi. He went on to say that human rights activists should pay attention to and speak up for the rights of Muslim female students who are being denied their fundamental right to study.  

Protests over hijab ban in India surge

In Southern India, a ban on hijab at schools spurred an outcry among Muslims. The large crowds took to the streets to protest against the restrictions. “It's discriminatory in nature and also it's against the rights that are provided under the constitution of India,” Sumayya Roushan, president of the Girls Islamic Organisation Karnataka, said at a press conference.

Hyundai faces backlash in India

On Feb 7, South Korea's Hyundai Motor faced calls for a boycott of its cars from Indians outraged over a tweet from the account of its Pakistan partner. In his tweet, he expressed solidarity with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Hundreds of social media users in India backed calls for a boycott and said that Hyundai must apologize for being callous to India's claim on the decades-old subject.

India’s behaviour threat to regional peace, says PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in China for a four-day visit, has described India's aggressive behaviour and Hindutva ideology as a threat to regional peace and a source of the region's enduring instability. The prime minister made his remarks in Beijing during an exclusive meeting with the leaders and representatives of China's biggest think tanks, universities, and the Pakistan Study Centre. The current Indian system, according to Prime Minister Imran, is producing long-term instability in the area. "India's atrocities in Indian-Occupied Kashmir remain" (IoK). He added, "The world should pay attention to India's ongoing atrocities against Kashmiris."