Indian diplomats consider Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s offer to host the SAARC summit as nothing but Pakistan’s ploy to push its agenda of getting legitimacy for the Taliban. It is also being seen as Pakistan’s attempt to divert attention of the SAARC nations and the global community from the terrorism being sponsored and supported by it. Diplomatic sources told The Daily Guardian that “most of the SAARC member states still do not want Taliban’s participation in any such summit”.
“Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s allegation that the SAARC forum is suffering because of India’s obstinacy highlights the real agenda of Islamabad. And the agenda that came to the fore was to divert the focus away from Pakistan’s terror links and the Taliban’s inability to restore rule of law in Afghanistan,” MEA sources said. “SAARC nations noticed how Qureshi started it on a negative note, and what agenda he was trying to push,” a diplomat said.
Pakistan foreign minister knows it well that the moment he will talk about hosting the SAARC summit, Pakistan’s role in terrorism will be questioned by India and also by other countries, says a diplomat. In addition to this, terrorism will come up on the centre stage, with
the facts like FATF’s observations and the grey list. What Qureshi cannot afford to ignore is last year’s address of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the virtual SAARC foreign ministers informal meeting. Jaishankar had then said that “the SAARC must overcome three key challenges of cross-border terrorism, blocking of connectivity and obstruction in trade”. This was a clear criticism of Pakistan. India and the entire world community believe that Islamabad has not still done anything against terrorism.
Moreover, Qureshi must have recalled how a meeting of foreign ministers of SAARC countries, which was to be held in New York in the month of September this year, had been canceled just because the member states were unable to agree upon participation of the Taliban. Islamabad had insisted that the Taliban be allowed to send its representative to the summit. But the proposal was outright rejected by all of the other member states.
“So, with all previous happenings like this in view, Qureshi is trying to make the SAARC move in a way so as to avoid any kind of embarrassment in future. But Pakistan stands exposed once again,” an official said. MEA sources said that Pakistan has not yet sent any formal invite or any letter regarding the SAARC summit. “So, there is no question of reacting to that formally. This is a fact that the Taliban has not been recognised as the official government of Afghanistan by any SAARC countries barring Pakistan.
Earlier, India had taken a tough stand by isolating Islamabad after the Uri attack by Pakistan-based terrorists from across the LoC in 2016. As a result of this, the SAARC summit in Islamabad had to be called off then. The biennial SAARC summit process has remained stalled since then. India has also given Pakistan a clear warning that terrorism and talks cannot go together. With the sole purpose of diverting the global community’s attention from the above-mentioned facts, Qureshi falsely blamed India for “making this forum dysfunctional because of its stubbornness”, sources said.
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Supreme Court hearing for Monday on freebies promises by political parties during elections
The Supreme Court adjourned for Monday on the hearing of a plea against distributing freebies from public funds.
The apex court asked the parties to file their suggestions by Saturday on spending the public money in the right way.
Earlier on 10 August, the top court distributing and promising freebies by political parties is a “serious issue”. The amount should be spent on infrastructure etc.
A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Krishna Murari had told the parties, “Economy losing money and welfare of people, both have to be balanced. That is why this debate and there must be someone who can put their vision and thoughts. Please submit something.”
Meanwhile, Supreme Court is strict on the tendency of political parties to announce free schemes in elections. In the last hearing, the central government had presented its stand to the Supreme Court.
Moreover, The Supreme Court is contemplating setting up an expert committee to probe the matter. The Supreme Court had said that the expert committee should also have representatives from other parties including Finance Commission, NITI Aayog, Reserve Bank, Law Commission, and political parties.
Eshwarappa slams Congress, says “supports anti-nationals”
On Wednesday, KS Eshwarappa, a former minister for the state of Karnataka and current member of the BJP, directly attacked the Congress, claiming that the party supports anti-nationals not just in certain regions but throughout the entire nation. In the midst of racial unrest in Shivamogga, the BJP leader declared, “I want to attack directly.” Both the PFI and the SDPI are being supported by the Congress.
Eshwarappa stated, “The man who removed Savarkar’s portrait is an SDPI employee whose wife is a Congress councillor.”
Eshwarappa warned Muslims in India on Tuesday, saying it was their responsibility to participate in Hindu holidays. According to the previous minister, Hindus would manage Muslims’ young if Muslims failed to do so.
“The government is making all attempts to maintain peace. I’m not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong; it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don’t want to take the law into their own hands and want the government to take action,” Eshwarappa said on Tuesday.
On August 15, tension rose in Shivamogga when fights broke out near Amir Ahmad Circle between two groups over a picture of Savarkar. The opposing side desired to mount a picture of Tipu Sultan. Prem Singh, a young man, was stabbed during the tense situation. The atmosphere was still tense on Tuesday as Mohammed Zabiullah, a suspect in Prem Singh’s stabbing, was shot by police after they claimed he had attacked them.
‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.
“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.
Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.
The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.
Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.
However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.
Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery
Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.
Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”
In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.
The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”
The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”
“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.
Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes
Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.
In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.
The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.
The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.
Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.
According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.
Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”
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