A large number of supporters of proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protested outside Lal Haveli residence of Federal Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday in Rawalpindi city. They chanted slogans against Sheikh Rashid. On Sunday, police in Lahore launched a crackdown against TLP in which 3 people were killed and many were injured. TLP has recently been banned by the Pakistan government after violent protests following the arrest of their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi in Lahore on April 12. Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan is a hardline religious group with a massive following across Pakistan. The country has been paying the price for radicalization of its society. On the call of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, the current chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, a Chakka jam and shutter down strike is being observed throughout Pakistan today. Addressing a press conference at Darul Amjadia late last night along with Ahle Sunnat (Barelvi sect) Ulema condemned Sheikh Rashid, police and government for violence and firing on TLP cadres, made this appeal. The situation remains grim in Pakistan, especially in Lahore city. Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been sealed after Maulana Fazlur Rehman, president of Jamait Ulema-e-Islam announced that he would join TLP's proposed march towards Islamabad. TLP is opposing publication of blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo magazine and remarks about Islam and terrorism by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the governments of Western countries to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by disrespecting the Prophet in the same way that they had outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust. Khan, in a series of tweets said that Muslims cannot tolerate any kind of blasphemy in the honour of their Prophet.
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India leaves the entire world awestruck with its ability to be home to a number of different cultures and religions and imbibe them peacefully. During a number of occasions, people of various castes and communities could be seen gathered under one roof as a mark of brotherhood and bonhomie among them. A similar scene was witnessed in the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir where people of different religious communities came together to be a part of Baisakhi celebrations at Nangali Sahib Gurudwara. Devotees of all faiths gathered at this Gurudwara in Poonch and offered their prayers to mark the auspicious occasion. As food plays a major role in uniting different faiths, a community kitchen or langar was also organised in which devotees of different faiths and backgrounds sat together and enjoyed the meal. This year as Baisakhi, Ramadan and Navratri fell on the same day; an even more secular picture of our country was witnessed. It is due to events and occasions like these that citizen of different castes and communities get a chance to come closer and learn about the traditional heritage of various cultures.
In an effort to make Indian Army convoys look more people-friendly in JandK, red flags have been replaced by blue flags on vehicles. Troops carrying lathis have also been instructed to use whistles to stop vehicles.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police busted a Pak-sponsored narco terror module in Kupwara on April 08. Police also arrested one person in this connection. 9 kg heroin has also been seized worth Rs 50-60 crore. Police succeeded in busting the module after a tip-off.
Indian Army repatriated a youth to Pakistani authorities who inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and entered into Indian side in Kupwara area on the night of April 05. The youth identified as Mausam, was kept under surveillance with due care by the Indian troops. Pakistani authorities were informed about him. The youth was presented with clothes and sweets on his return on April 07. On humanitarian grounds, Indian Army has always been prompt in various similar incidents in past.
Indian Army organised felicitation ceremony for maintaining communal harmony at Sune Gali Border, Poonch by donating Rs 1 lakh for the maintenance of historical Peer Baba Dargah. It is believed that Sune Gali Peer Baba, a mystic, used to wander in this border area in the year 1920-1925. People from all faiths used to come here from all parts of J-K. Mohd Sultan, a Mufti said, "It's a very good environment here. The people who used to come here from different places mostly women have been provided facilities of staying here. I am grateful to the Indian Army who donated Rs 1 lakh."Abdul Hafeez, Sarpanch said, "I am thankful to Indian Army for cooperation and support who had maintained the Peer Baba Dargah." Mohd Shreef, Imaam said, "I am grateful to Indian Army for providing bathroom and water facilities earlier and now the facilities here at Peer Baba Dargah."
When the rest of the country was soaked in colours, celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi, the Sikh community residing in various parts of the country especially Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir was observing the most auspicious Hola Mohalla festival. Commemorating the transformation of the Sikh community into a martial fraternity, the festival was introduced by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles to counter Mughal Empire. Though Hola Mohalla is a celebration of courage and glory, this year it also became a manifestation of communal harmony when people of all castes and communities in JandK's Poonch participated in its procession. To mark the occasion, Nihangs or Sikh warriors wearing their distinctive blue traditional costumes and decorated turbans displayed their bravery and skills in the ancient martial art known as 'Gatka' and sword fighting in a colourful ceremony. Proper security arrangements were done by the Poonch administration to avoid any chaos during the procession. Much enthusiasm was also witnessed in the Amritsar city of Northern Punjab state where the golden temple transformed into a show of glitzy display and looked majestic during the festival. As a part of the occasion, Devotees carried the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Scripture of the Sikhs, in a palanquin, heavily decorated with flowers, amid chanting hymns and spraying perfume all over. Reciting the story of bravery and faith, Hola Mohalla not only boasts of India's rich culture and heritage but also bring a sense of oneness among people from diverse religions and communities.
Nihang or Sikh warriors performed indigenous martial 'Gatka' in Poonch on the occasion of Holi. They performed various dangerous stunts which stunned the spectators. Holi is being celebrated in the country today.
CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas reached his hometown, Jammu on Friday. Rakeshwar was released last week after being abducted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. The jawan was warmly welcomed by family, friends who put garlands around his neck. “I am very happy that I am meeting my family today. Our soldiers were brave enough to fight back the Naxals,” Rakeshwar said. Rakeshwar was abducted by Naxals during the Sukma-Bijapur encounter on April 3. Rakeshwar, who was part of security force's elite CoBRA unit, was released on April 8. 22 security personnel were killed and 31 others were injured in the fierce gunbattle.
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Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, the CoBRA jawan who was abducted by Naxals following the April 03 encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur and released later on April 08, finally met his family in Jammu on April 17. Manhas got a rousing welcome upon his arrival at Jammu airport where his family and friends were waiting for him. He expressed his happiness after meeting his family. During his abduction, Manhas's family repeatedly urged the government to ensure his safe release from the hands of Naxals. He was finally released on April 08 during a jansabha of Naxals in Bijapur. The deadly encounter in Bijapur on April 03 claimed the lives of 22 security personnel while injuring more than 30 jawans.
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