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sikh youth being trained at isi facilities in pakistan, says indian government |


new delhi: the home ministry has conveyed to a parliamentary panel that sikh youth are being trained at isi facilities in pakistan to carry out terror activities in india, and members of the community who are settled in canada and other places are also being instigated against the country with false and malicious propaganda. top officials of the home ministry, led by the union home secretary, told the committee on estimates, headed by senior bjp leader murli manohar joshi, that radicalisation of youth by terrorist groups through the misuse of internet and social media has emerged as a big challenge. according to the report of the committee - ' central armed police forces and internal security challenges-evaluation and response mechanism' - which was tabled in parliament on mond...






sgpc blames india as pakistan denies visa to devotees


written by kamaldeep singh brar | amritsar | published:may 20, 2017 12:48 pmthe sgpc has blamed the indian government after pakistan denied visas to 521 sikh devotees for observing the martyrdom day of the fifth sikh master, guru arjun dev, on may 29. the visit of a sikh jatha to pakistan was scheduled from may 21-30. in a press note friday, the sgpc said, “due to lack of required permissions from the ministry of external affairs for visa to sikh devotees, the pakistan high commission did not clear the files. it is disappointing. we will register our protest with the indian government.”the visit of sikh jathas from india to gurdwaras in pakistan and jathas of pakistani sikhs to india to visit the historical gurdwaras are a routine affair throughout the year. sgpc chief secreta...






here's how people reacted when a sikh man took a stroll in a public place in pak


these days a pakistani video is doing the rounds in which a sikh man walking on the road is being harassed by a man but what happens later will change the way we think people from minority community are treated in the country. a youth in the video, tells a sikh man to remove his turban and leave his country. he says pakistan belongs only to muslims.to which sikh man reply that pakistan is his country too.when the passersby saw guy in turban being harassed they not only come for his rescue but also tell the youth that sikh man is their brother. at the same time, they ask the youth bothering sikh man to mend his ways. one person in the group got so furious over the incident that he slapped the guy who was harassing the guy from minority community.people in the group tell youth that if a guy






thousands of sikhs arrive in lahore for baisakhi


indian sikhs arrive at wagah railway station near lahore. this year, around 30,000 sikh pilgrims are expected to travel to pakistan from canada, us, europe, india, australia and other countries to attend the baisakhi festival.islamabad: more than 1,500 members of the sikh community arrived in lahore from india to participate in the baisakhi festival or the sikh new year.the sikh visitors from india are seen as a sign of optimism in troubled times. pakistan and india are witnessing a new low in their diplomatic relations after the death sentence awarded to an alleged indian spy kalbushan jadhav and the abduction of a retired pakistan army official.the visit signifies that cultural ties are intact between the two countries for now as hundreds of sikh pilgrims were warmly welcomed in pakistan






india bars 300 sikh pilgrims from entering pakistan


pakistan expresses disappointment over indian decision barring sikhs from visiting lahoreislamabad: india has refused to allow some 300 sikh pilgrims to cross the border into pakistan, to observe a major religious holiday.more than 300 sikh pilgrims with pakistani visas were on their way to lahore — to observe the death anniversary of maharaja ranjit singh at gurdwara dera sahib — but they were stopped at attari, wagah border, pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson nafees zakaria said.maharaja ranjit singh was the founder of the sikh empire.pakistan had sent a special train to bring the sikh pilgrims to lahore, but india refused to allow the locomotive into its territory, zakaria said.islamabad expressed disappointment over india’s decision on the sikh tourists, who were scheduled ...






amid india-pak tension: sgpc doubts if delhi will allow jathas to pakistan for g


written by kamaldeep singh brar | amritsar | published:september 9, 2017 7:47 am sikh jathas last went to pakistan to celebrate festival of baisakhi earlier this year.top newsshiromani gurudwara parbhandak committee (sgpc) has asked sikh devotees to submit their passports for the proposed annual official religious trip to celebrate gurpurab (birthday) of first master of sikhs guru nanak dev at nankana sahib in pakistan on november 4.apex body of community, however, is not very much optimistic to get clearance from the central government for the journey planned from november 2 to 11. sgpc and other recognised sikh bodies can go to pakistan at four occasions in a year with jathas (groups) of devotees under shimla agreement between india and pakistan. sikh devotees are allowed to vis...






pakistan, india exchange list of nuclear facilities


islamabad: pakistan and india have exchanged, through diplomatic channels at islamabad and new delhi, a list of nuclear installations and facilities under a three-decade-old bilateral pact, the pakistan foreign office said in a statement on tuesday.“in accordance with article-ii of the agreement on prohibition of attacks against nuclear installations and facilities between pakistan and india, signed on 31 december 1988, the list of nuclear installations and facilities in pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the indian high commission at the ministry of foreign affairs on 1st january 2018, at 1030 hrs (pst),” the statement said.meanwhile, in accordance with the agreement, the indian ministry of external affairs in new delhi also handed over the list of indian nucle...






in official communication, india accuses pakistan of blocking govt websites | in


new delhi: while the current round of hostility between india and pakistan has largely been attributed to the raid on an indian residential complex + in islamabad, it might owe its genesis also to, as south block sources told toi, pakistan’s decision to block access to all indian government websites (gov.in) in may 2017. pakistan on friday also pulled out of the wto ministerial meeting which will be held in india next week. stating that the indian government websites had opened only intermittently since then in pakistan, official sources said as many as 5 note verbale (a form of diplomatic communication) had been issued to pakistan to not block access to any indian government website. the first note verbale was issued on may 18 2007 and the latest one only earlier ...






in official communication, india accuses pakistan of blocking govt websites | in


new delhi: while the current round of hostility between india and pakistan has largely been attributed to the raid on an indian residential complex in islamabad, it might owe its genesis also to, as south block sources told toi, pakistan’s decision to block access to all indian government websites (gov.in) in may 2017. pakistan on friday also pulled out of the wto ministerial meeting which will be held in india next week. stating that the indian government websites had opened only intermittently since then in pakistan, official sources said as many as 5 note verbale (a form of diplomatic communication) had been issued to pakistan to not block access to any indian government website. the first note verbale was issued on may 18 2007 and the latest one only earlier this week. acco...






in official communication, india accuses pakistan of blocking govt websites | in


new delhi: while the current round of hostility between india and pakistan has largely been attributed to the raid on an indian residential complex in islamabad, it might owe its genesis also to, as south block sources told toi, pakistan’s decision to block access to all indian government websites (gov.in) in may 2017. pakistan on friday also pulled out of the wto ministerial meeting which will be held in india next week. stating that the indian government websites had opened only intermittently since then in pakistan, official sources said as many as 5 note verbale (a form of diplomatic communication) had been issued to pakistan to not block access to any indian government website. the first note verbale was issued on may 18 2007 and the latest one only earlier this week. acco...






india tells pakistan to probe incidents of ‘harassment’


by: express news service | new delhi | published: march 20, 2018 3:05 am india has told pakistan that the safety and security of indian high commission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the government of pakistan.a day after india issued the 13th note verbale to pakistan, protesting the “harassment and intimidation” of its diplomatic staff in islamabad, more such incidents were reported on monday. india has now asked pakistan to immediately probe all these incidents, sources in the indian government said.two officials of the indian mission, who went for shopping to safa gold mall in pakistan on monday, “were aggressively followed by two persons in a toyota corolla car in close proximity at various locations,” the sources said.in another i...






justin trudeau: india, canada to work against sikh terror outfits, jem | india n


new delhi: india and canada on friday resolved to work together to neutralise the threats emanating from sikh militant outfits babbar khalsa international and the international sikh youth federation along with let and pakistan-based jaish-e-mohammed. this was announced in the 'framework for cooperation between india and canada on countering terrorism and violent extremism' document, released after extensive talks between prime minister narendra modi and his canadian counterpart justin trudeau. the document, which was finalised by india's national security advisor and national security and intelligence advisor of canada, also said that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever, wherever and by whomsoever they are ...






india pakistan news: return of pakistan envoy to india may be delayed | india ne


new delhi/islamabad: tensions between india and pakistan over alleged harassment of diplomats seem set to worsen with pakistan pulling out of the wto ministerial meeting slated for next week in new delhi. as first reported by toi, pakistan commerce minister pervaiz malik on saturday called off his visit to india to protest what pakistan sees as an unprecedented intimidation of its diplomats. india is yet to respond to the decision, but officials here said it was pakistan that needed to check instances of harassment of indian diplomats. it seems as though the worst is yet to come as india on saturday issued another note verbale, its 12th this year on the issue, saying indian diplomats had been harassed. diplomatic sources said that pakistan is likely to delay the return of ...






about 1,425 sikh pilgrims cross over to pakistan for baisakhi


by: pti | attari | updated: april 12, 2017 7:58 pm 1,425 sikh pilgrims reached pakistan to celebrate baisakhi festival tomorrow (representational image/ pti)chanting prayers, around 1,425 sikh pilgrims, including women and children, today crossed over to pakistan in three special trains from the international attari railway station here. shiromani gurudwara parbhandhak committee (sgpc) executive committee member balwinder singh, who is leading the delegation, said the pilgrims on reaching pakistan would pay obeisance at gurudwara nankana sahib, the birth place of founder of sikh religion guru nanak dev.the indian delegation along with pakistan based sikhs would observe baisakhi festival tomorrow with pomp and splendour, he said. hindu and muslim families based in pakistan would also j...






clubbing woes for india, pak diplomats: pakistan seeks reciprocity | india news


there has never really been a dearth of issues for india and pakistan to spar over but they have now saddled themselves with one more. the seemingly innocuous issue involving islamabad club is turning into a major cause of strife between the 2 countries with pakistan blocking membership for indian diplomats to ensure, as it now turns out, similar leisure facilities for its diplomats in the tony delhi golf club and delhi gymkhana. while the indian high commissioner, ajay bisaria, raised the issue of islamabad club membership for indian diplomats with pakistan authorities last month, islamabad has chosen to throw that much dreaded word in indo-pak diplomatic parlance, reciprocity, at indian authorities. according to diplomatic sources, pakistan interior ministry put on hold clearan...






sushma swaraj asks indian embassy in us for report on beating of sikh boy


by: pti | new delhi | published:november 4, 2017 11:51 am external minister sushma swaraj. express file photo by prem nath pandeyrelated newsexternal affairs minister sushma swaraj has asked the indian embassy in the us for a report on the alleged beating of a sikh boy in the washington state. according to news reports, the 14-year-old sikh boy was punched and knocked down by his classmate in the washington state with his father claiming that his son was targeted because he is of indian descent.“i have seen news reports about the beating of a sikh boy in us. i have asked the indian embassy in the us to send me a report on the incident,” swaraj said in a tweet.for all the latest india news, download indian express appmore related news






ms dhoni feels possibilities of india-pakistan matches. here's the full story!


ms dhoni is not a part of the indian cricket team that is playing against sri lanka, but the former indian captain is surely making himself heard. if he was there meeting the budding cricketers from kashmir the other day, he has now made a statement showing hope of india pakistan clashes in the future. this could be a great news for cricket fans from across borders.also read: pakistan media in ‘awe’ of virat kohli after he got his 5th double century. it’s epic! — watchmsd’s statement“government is the best judge to take a call on india-pakistan series. only they can decide whether we play pakistan in the future or not. when it comes to india-pakistan cricket, it is not just sports, but becomes much bigger than that. it is not a simple decision, but a diplomatic and a political...






pakistan high commissioner abdul basit evades questions on mutilation of indian


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:may 2, 2017 11:19 am pakistan’s high commissioner to india abdul basit evades question on mutilation of indian soldiers by pakistan army (source: twitter/ani_news)pakistan’s high commissioner to india abdul basit on tuesday evaded questions on mutilation of indian soldiers by pakistan army, news agency ani reported. on monday morning, a pakistani border action team (bat) of army regulars killed two soldiers and beheaded their bodies in the krishna ghati sector of poonch in jammu and kashmir. the pakistan army regulars had crossed the line of control and entered the indian territory under cover fire. two troopers were also injured in the attack.the soldiers whose bodies were mutilated were naib subedar paramjit singh of 22 sikh and head ...






india-pakistan: pakistan issues another note verbale, alleges intimidation of di


new delhi: pakistan yet again approached the external affairs ministry on friday and accused the indian officials of intimidating the children of a senior diplomat while they were on their way to school. in a note verbale, the pakistan high commission alleged that the children were harassed and blocked by indian authorities while they were on their way to the british school. while india did not respond to the official communication from the pakistan mission, government sources here said they had already offered to get such charges made by pakistani diplomats investigated. however, a source here said indian diplomats in islamabad were being regularly tailed and intimidated. "it's a normal affair for an indian diplomat to get blocked in the middle of the road," said a source...






sushma swaraj: we will take up the reports of forceful conversion at the highest


new delhi: india will take up at the highest level in the pakistan government reports of sikhs being forced to convert to islam by a government official in khyber- pakhtunkhwa (k-p), external affairs minister sushma swaraj said today. her reaction came after leading pakistan daily the express tribune published a news story about the sikh community raising serious concerns after being forced to convert to islam by the government official in hangu district of k-p. "we will take this up at the highest level with the government of pakistan," swaraj tweeted while tagging the indian high commission in the report. according to the news report, the community has lodged a complaint with deputy commissioner hangu shahid mehmood, claiming that assistant commissioner tehsil tall...






kulbhushan jadhav: 'india doesn't know jadhav's location or how his health is,'


new delhi: pakistan hasn't communicated with india about where or in what condition indian national kulbhushan jadhav+ is, the external affairs ministry (mea) said today. and, any conditions that pakistan might put on giving jadhav consular access "is to deny consular access," the mea's spokesman said. he reiterated that jadhav, whom pakistan has deemed a spy and has passed a death sentence+ against, is a retired indian navy officer and an "innocent indian." kulbhushan jadhav mystery: how, when and what nowindia has reacted strongly to the death sentence handed to former indian navy officer kulbhushan jadhav by pakistan. india claims that jadhav, accused of spying by pakistan, was denied due legal process. the spokesman, gopal baglay, added that i...






kulbhushan jadhav: pakistan offers to arrange meeting between kulbhushan jadhav


new delhi: after months of diplomatic deadlock, the pakistan government has offered a meeting between imprisoned indian national kulbhushan jadhav and his wife on humanitarian grounds. "the government of pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of commander kulbhushan jadhav with his wife, in pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds. a note verbale to this effect has been sent to the indian high commission in islamabad today," a press release from pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs said. however, pakistan's statement indicated that it was still reluctant to accept india's assertion that jadhav had no links to the government and was not a r&aw spy. "commander kalbushan jhadev alias, hussain mubarak patel, a serving commander of the indian navy, working with i...






pakistan india: india shuns maritime security meet in pakistan | india news


new delhi: the government this week pulled out of a multilateral asian coast guard event in islamabad in a sign that it remains chary of any engagement with pakistan. india this week hosted afghanistan president ashraf ghani and us secretary of state rex tillerson and terrorism sponsored by authorities in pakistan dominated the government's dialogue agenda with both leaders. the indian coast guard (icg), which protects india's offshore wealth and is responsible for enforcement of maritime laws, was supposed to participate in the event which was held on october 24-25 and which saw participation from 13 countries. in a sign of government's initial ambivalence over the issue, mea had sought and acquired visas from pakistan for top icg officers, including the dg. the defenc...






kulbhushan jadhav issue: india retaliates, calls off security dialogue with paki


new delhi: amid fresh turmoil in ties with pakistan over the death sentence to indian national+kulbhushan jadhav, india has decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges. the government on friday called off talks between the two countries on maritime security which was scheduled for april 17. india officially conveyed to pakistan+ that it wasn't prepared to host a delegation of pakistan maritime security agency+ (pmsa) which was supposed to travel to india on sunday. kulbhushan jadhav mystery: how, when and what nowindia has reacted strongly to the death sentence handed to former indian navy officer kulbhushan jadhav by pakistan. india claims that jadhav, accused of spying by pakistan, was denied due legal process.as first reported by toi on march 27,...






kulbhushan jadhav issue: india retaliates, calls off security dialogue with paki


new delhi: amid fresh turmoil in ties with pakistan over the death sentence to indian national+kulbhushan jadhav, india has decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges. the government on friday called off talks between the two countries on maritime security which was scheduled for april 17. india officially conveyed to pakistan+ that it wasn't prepared to host a delegation of pakistan maritime security agency+ (pmsa) which was supposed to travel to india on sunday. kulbhushan jadhav mystery: how, when and what nowindia has reacted strongly to the death sentence handed to former indian navy officer kulbhushan jadhav by pakistan. india claims that jadhav, accused of spying by pakistan, was denied due legal process.as first reported by toi on march 27,...






all you need to know about kulbhushan jadhav, the alleged indian spy sentenced t


a pakistan military court has sentenced alleged indian spy kulbhushan jadhav to death over allegations of his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against pakistan. pakistan has been claiming that jadhav was sourcing information as a raw agent to the indian government. while india has accepted that jadhav is a retired navy officer, it has strongly denied the allegations of its links with the central government.here is all you need to know about jadhav and the action taken by pakistan against him:– pakistan has claimed that kulbhushan jadhav was arrested on march 3, 2016 through a counter-intelligence operation in balochistan’s mashkel area.– however, the indian government believed that he was picked up from iran.– in a “confessional video” released by pakistan, jadh...






in goodwill gesture, india to release 39 pakistan prisoners | india news


new delhi: in a significant sign that india is responding to islamabad's peace overtures, the government has decided to release 39 pakistani nationals languishing in indian jails. among them are 21 prisoners who have completed their sentence and 18 fishermen. immediately after islamabad released indian soldier babulal chavan+ , pakistan high commissioner to india abdul basit had told toi that pakistan expected india to acknowledge the repatriation and release 33 pakistanis whose sentences had run out. "we have identified the prisoners and with pakistan confirming their nationality, they will be released on march 1," said an official source. while india has reacted cautiously to the house arrest of jud chief hafiz saeed, the centre believes it may be the right ti...






in a first, canada calls for action against sikh terror groups in joint document


india and canada pulled the visit by justin trudeau back from the brink friday by issuing one of the most strongly worded joint statement on terrorism in recent times. titled framework for cooperation between india and canada on countering terrorism and violent extremism, the joint document did not just call for action specifically against cross-border and state sponsored terrorism but also name-checked pakistan based groups like let and jaish. perhaps even more significant for india was the mention of babbar khalsa and international sikh youth federation (isyf) which were clubbed together with not just let, jaish but also other more high-profile international terror groups like al qaida, isis and the haqqani network in the same statement. this is the first time that...






in goodwill gesture, india to release 39 pakistan prisoners | india news


new delhi: in a significant sign that india is finally responding to islamabad's peace overtures, the government has decided to release 39 pakistani nationals languishing in indian jails. among them are 21 prisoners who have completed their sentence and 18 fishermen. immediately after islamabad released indian soldier babulal chavan, pakistan high commissioner to india abdul basit had told toi that pakistan expected india to acknowledge the repatriation and release 33 pakistanis whose sentences had run out. "we have identified the prisoners and with pakistan confirming their nationality, they will be released on march 1," said an official source. while india has reacted cautiously to the house arrest of jud chief hafiz saeed, the centre believes it may be the right time...






kulbhushan jadhav: pakistan seeks info on its lt col who went missing in nepal |


new delhi: in what might turn out to be another twist in the kulbhushan jadhav case, pakistan has written to india seeking information about its former army officer, lt col mohammed habib zahir, who went missing from nepal on april 6. anonymous pakistan security officials in the past have been quoted by pakistan media as saying that india had abducted habib to secure jadhav's release but this is the first time islamabad has officially raised the issue with the indian mission. while indian officials said they had no knowledge about habib, pakistan government sources said islamabad was convinced that he was in india's external intelligence agency raw's custody. nepal embassy officials here told toi that investigations into habib's disappearance are still on. pakistan...






cabi awaiting government’s nod to travel to pakistan for world cup


published: december 6, 2017 7:04 pm ajay kumar reddy will lead india at the 5th odi world cup cricket tournament for the blind. (source: cabi)top newscricket association for the blind in india (cabi) is awaiting clearance from the indian government to travel to pakistan for the fifth cricket world cup scheduled to be held from january 7 to 21.“pakistan and dubai will be hosting world cup for blind from january 7 to 21, but we are awaiting green signal from the indian government for us to go to pakistan,” cabi general secretary e john david told pti in bangalore.in the past, the indian team was allowed to travel to pakistan for the tournament despite the political tensions between the two neighbouring countries.david exuded confidence that the indian government would give them the ...






india: pakistan issues visas to over 2,600 sikhs


india today repatriated to pakistan nine fishermen and four civilian prisoners along with a child, the external affairs ministry said.on its part, pakistan issued visas to over 2,600 sikh pilgrims to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of guru nanak dev from today till november 11, a pakistan high commission release said here.all the prisoners crossed over to pakistan through the land transit route of attari-wagah border on the basis of emergency travel certificates issued by the pakistan high commission, officials said.asserting that it attaches high priority to addressing all humanitarian issues, including early release and repatriation of indian fishermen and prisoners in pakistan's custody, the ministry of external affairs (mea) said the release of 370 indian prisoners, includin.






lt col mohammed habib zahir: pakistan seeks info on its lt col who went missing


new delhi: in what might turn out to be another twist in the kulbhushan jadhav case, pakistan has written to india seeking information about its former army officer, lt col mohammed habib zahir, who went missing from nepal on april 6. anonymous pakistan security officials in the past have been quoted by pakistan media as saying that india had abducted habib to secure jadhav's release but this is the first time islamabad has officially raised the issue with the indian mission. while indian officials said they had no knowledge about habib, pakistan government sources said islamabad was convinced that he was in india's external intelligence agency raw's custody. nepal embassy officials here told toi that investigations into habib's disappearance are still on. pakistan...






india vs pakistan cricket on the cards, bcci needs government's nod


the excitement and the fun could be back, the grapevine has it that india will be playing arch-rivals pakistan later this year in a neutral venue, may be dubai. bcci has written to the indian government seeking go-ahead to play a series with pakistan later this year. bcci has approached the home ministry seeking the rights to play pakistan. one thing is for certain the ties between the two nations can only end if sports, arts and culture is promoted.in the past when shashank manohar was in charge, india wanted to have a short series with pakistan but did not get government clearance owing to tension between the two countries and the subsequent terror attacks on indian soil, especially the pathankot attack was a nail in the coffin as far as the series was concerned.a leading daily reported.






republican senator does not expect donald trump to weaken h1b visas


washington: a powerful republican senator has said he does not expect president donald trump to weaken the h-1b visa scheme, sought-after by indian it professionals, as the programme benefits americans and the us economy. senator orion hatch, senate finance committee chairman, said that in his several meetings with trump he had discussed the economic benefits of preserving and expanding h-1b visas programme, which is popular among indian it professionals. hatch told 'morning consult', a media technology company, that his time with trump has convinced him that the president will take a pragmatic approach to h-1bs. "anything that creates jobs, anything that moves this economy forward. and i think he can put political feelings aside. and i expect him to, and i'll make sure he does," the repu