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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 29 replied to Home Minister Amit Shah's acceptance of Congress' Rahul Gandhi's parliament debate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said that the party is confident that Gandhi will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion. "Parliament is a forum for debate so let there be a debate. We are quite confident that Rahul Ji will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion," said Singh. Congress had earlier challenged PM Modi to speak in Parliament on Ladakh stand off with China.
An elderly woman, living with her two grandchildren at a rented house in Ludhiana and facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, had urged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for financial assistance. Now the CM has directed Ludhiana administration to help the family going through financial crisis. Singh has directed authorities to pay her pending and advance house rent for a year and provide free treatment for tuberculosis.
The bus terminal wore deserted look amid weekend lockdown in Punjab's Amritsar on June 13. Punjab imposed a stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays to keep the coronavirus count in check. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved new guidelines of state government on June 12. The guidelines permitted restaurants for takeaway and home delivery and liquor shops to remain open till 08:00 pm on all days, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Police officers have been examining the scene of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, after gunmen opened fire on the financial centre killing at least three people.Among the dead are two guards and a policeman, according to officials. Special police forces killed all four gunmen, who were armed with grenades and automatic rifles. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Karachi stock exchange is Pakistan’s largest and oldest stock exchange, incorporated today with the exchanges in Islamabad and Lahore.
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Five officials of the Indian Embassy in Pakistan, including the two who were abducted and tortured by Pakistan security agencies, return to India via the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar on June 22. Earlier on June 15, India summoned Pakistan's Charge d'affaires Syed Haider Shah and issued a demarche over the reported arrest of two officials in Islamabad. Pakistan was asked to return the two officials along with the official car to the High Commission immediately. The incident took place days after two Pakistani officials at Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi were deported for espionage activities in India.
Baloch political and human rights activists gathered in Toronto on Sunday to protest against Pakistan and China for gross human rights violations in Balochistan. The protest was held under the aegis of Bramsh Solidarity Committee to express anger at the murders of women and children in Balochistan. The protesters condemned the senseless murders of two Baloch women by the Pakistan Army death squads in which a 4-year-old girl, Bramsh was wounded by a stray bullet. The protesters held placards demanding: Justice for Bramsh, Justice for Maliknaz and Kulsoom, Baloch Lives Matter, Dismantle Pak Army Death Squads in Balochistan, No to Chinese CPEC in Balochistan and China Hands-off Gwadar Port Balochistan. Zafar Baloch, a Baloch Human Rights Activist based in Canada said, "Baloch people are fighting against the Pakistan Army and against the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China and in which the decisions are made in Islamabad and GHQ, Rawalpindi where the army headquarters are, and also by Communist Party of China. They are equally criminal partners in Pakistan's slaughter and atrocities taken place in Balochistan". Karima Baloch, Ex-chairperson of Baloch Students Organisation (Azad), who is living in exile in Canada said, "Pakistan is the main perpetrator behind all thefts and killings. The army, who is running death squads and also the Frontier Corps (FC) and Anti-Terrorism Squad, is behind the killings and human rights violations in Balochistan". Protesters also expressed their anger at the Chinese CPEC projects and control over the sea port of Gwadar that has become the major reason for the China-backed Pakistani military operations in Balochistan resulting in the death of thousands of Baloch civilians.
Charge d' Affaires of High Commission of Pakistan, Haider Shah, was summoned on June 16. He was summoned and also a strong protest was lodged on the issue of the abduction and torture of two officials of the High Commission of India in Islamabad by Pakistan security agencies.
Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary, India's permanent mission to United Nation's Office at Geneva (UNOG) exercised India's Right of Reply to Pakistan at 43rd Session of UNHRC in Geneva. Aryan said, "It's unfortunate, however, not unexpected from the deep state of Pakistan which is continuing incessant abuse of its membership of this August Council for propagating an illegal, immoral and inhuman territorial ambition. We are witnessing in Pakistan unabated torture, maiming and systematic persecution of religious minorities. The attacks on a Hindu funeral procession and a Christian church, a couple of days ago in Sindh and Punjab provinces portray the horrific plight of various minorities in Pakistan." He further said, "This epicenter of global terrorism (Pakistan) very irresponsibly harps on self-determination of the already democratic Jammu and Kashmir. It very conveniently ignores that VDPA explicitly states that the principle of self-determination must not be used as a garb to promote activities detrimental to the territorial integrity and political unity of member states in violation of the UN Charter."
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain has said that poet Allama Iqbal did not present the ideology of Pakistan but of Greater Punjab for the protection of the interest of West Punjab. He said in his latest address to the workers and the public through social media. The address was telecast live. He said that Allama Iqbal was on the payroll of the British Empire and worked for them. Hussain stated that Allama Iqbal had said he wanted to see Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh and Balochistan amalgamated into a single state. Hussain said that Allama Iqbal did not present the idea of Pakistan but of greater Punjab, but he was presented as an ideologue of Pakistan. The MQM leader alleged that governments and the establishment of Pakistan distorted history. "The new generation of Pakistan is taught that Allama Iqbal was a hero who dreamed for Pakistan," he said. Hussain said that the Muslims of undivided India was created in the name of Islam and Pakistan. He said that those who were "agents" of British Empire and against the creation of Pakistan were presented as the "hero" of Pakistan, whereas those who sacrificed for Pakistan were declared "traitors". Hussain said that Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan have become colonies of Punjab through the military power and asserted that Pakistan has become "Punjabistan". He said Mohajirs, Sindhis, Baloch, Pashtuns and people of Gilgit Baltistan want freedom from Pakistan. The MQM chief strongly condemned the atrocities and human rights violations in Pakistan by the state forces.