24062018-TTC-01.qxd 6/24/2018 1:35 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 173 late city | sunday, june 24, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 38 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Centre knows Kashmir problem in its entirety, does nothing: Mirwaiz CLINICAL INDIA MAUL PAK 4-0 Hurriyat leader: If talks, terror can’t go together, so can’t talks, killings in Valley RESULTS BELGIUM 5 TUNISIA 2 MEXICO 2 S KOREA 1 Arun Joshi GERMANY 2 SWEDEN 1 Srinagar, June 23 Asserting that the people of Kashmir have lost trust in dialogue and believe that Delhi can never be sincere, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, has said that despite the fact that the “Government of India knows the whole Kashmir issue in its entirety, it is doing nothing (to address it)”. In an interview to The Tribune, Kashmir’s top separatist leader said the “issue here is not Hindu India versus Muslim Kashmir”. Rather, “it is a political issue which needs India, Pakistan, Srinagar and Muzaffarabad to come on board and deliberate on it as an alternative to the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir”. Mirwaiz, a key member of the Joint Resistance Leadership along with Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohd Yasin Malik, said “the fact is that Pakistan is there, militancy is there, but there is a strong indigenous factor. There are aspirations of Kashmiris and those are political, which cannot be undermined by any stretch of imagination”. He said “when Narendra Modi arrived on the scene, we had hoped that he would re- tribune news service BELGIUM THUMP TUNISIA T WO goals each for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard helped Belgium to a 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia on Saturday that showcased their attacking verve and star quality and put them firmly on course for the World Cup knockout phase. Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to add a late fifth goal. Following his double against Panama, it took Lukaku to four goals for the tournament, level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. BELGIUM 5-2 PTI TODAY’S MATCHES ENGLAND VS PANAMA JAPAN VS SENEGAL POLAND VS COLOMBIA 5.30 PM 8.30 PM 11.30 PM Sunday Specials DETAILED COVERAGE PAGES 22, 23 I NDIA reasserted their supremacy over Pakistan as they decimated the arch rivals 4-0 in the opening match of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament in the Netherlands on Saturday. Ramandeep, who was dropped from the Commonwealth Games squad, answered critics in style finding the net in 26th minute before Dilpreet Singh (54th), Mandeep Singh (57th) and Lalit Upadhayay (60th) joined the scorers’ list. Smita Sharma Tribune News Service A rising number of molestation cases by teachers has raised concerns about the safety of young children in schools IN-DEPTH P11! Yes Minister. Not really! Navjot Sidhu, Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Museums, defines the demolition spree in Punjab as course correction. Though cut short, he asserts those who have wronged the state must pay. IMPRESSIONS P12! visit the Vajpayee approach and seek to resolve the issue. But, the situation has deteriorated and now dangerous times are staring at us”. The separatist leader said whenever Modi visits Kashmir, he talks of “peace, development, youth and hugging Kashmiris, but at the end of the day, the outcome is allout operations”. Mirwaiz, whose father Moulvi Mohd Farooq was assassinated in May 1990, regretted that “New Delhi has utilised the phases of dialogue only to prolong things or achieve some other goals. We were let down”. “We entered into a dialogue (a reference to his group’s talks with Vajpayee, Advani and Manmohan Singh) but what came of it? Nothing. The dialogue became a casualty. I became a casualty. Mushtaq Sahib (his uncle) was killed, (the Mirwaiz family run) school was burnt, and there was a grenade attack on us”. He said if Delhi believes “talks and terror cannot go together, let it also understand that the killing of Kashmiris — civilians, militants or people caught in crossfire — and talks also cannot go together. With each killing, the anger is increasing”. On the month-long ceasefire that ended last Saturday, Mirwaiz said, “First they went out with a ‘danda’ and then announced a ceasefire as if that period would undo all the wrongs of the past. And when that did not work, the ‘danda’ was brought back. This is not the way policies are made, it needs a lot of groundwork”. He said the “iron fist policy will not work. They are talk- ing of eliminating boys; that would pave way for recruitment of more youth. Local youth are joining militancy — most are victims of police harassment and torture; from stone pelters, they have ascended to the next level”. “There are two ways out — grant the right to self-determination under the UN resolutions or hold talks between Delhi and Islamabad, Srinagar and Muzaffarabad (capital of PoK). Whether or not the iron fist policy delivers BJP victory in 2019, it will not help resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said. On the fall of the PDP-BJP government, Mirwaiz said it hasn’t made “any difference to us. Mehbooba did not get anything done on her Agenda of Alliance”. He termed the killing of prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari “shocking and a great loss”. Envoy denied entry to Panja Sahib again Draw a line or face consequences, Delhi summons Islamabad diplomat, protests; SGPC decries Pak move Lessons in shame ❝ For years, there was a deliberate attempt to create a gap between Hurriyat and people. Our space was shrunk, that has been taken over by streets. They have realised it now, and want us to come forward. How can I generate a narrative sitting at home? Look at south Kashmir, streets dictate narrative. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, HURRIYAT LEADER New Delhi, June 23 Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Lahore for the second time in three months, despite having an official permit from Islamabad. Nearly 300 Sikh pilgrims from India are visiting Lahore to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib. The Indian High Commissioner was to meet the Sikh jatha as part of his consular duties but was denied entry into the gurdwara by security personnel. India summoned the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi to lodge a Indian officials outside Gurdwara Panja Sahib on Saturday. protest. “Indian organisers, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), expressed dismay at the incident. The visiting pilgrims had asked Pakistan organisers to facilitate a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner and officials,” said the Ministry of External Affairs, calling it a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1974 bilateral Protocol. However, Dr Mohd Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Bisaria agreed to cancel the visit. “Sikh pilgrims were protesting against maltreatment in India and release of controversial movies. (The) Indian High Commissioner was informed about the heightened pilgrim sentiments and he agreed to cancel his visit,” he tweeted. Sources suggest the Pakistani side is still citing alleged hostile sentiments among sections of the visiting Sikh pilgrims from across the globe owing to the controversial film “Nanak Shah Fakir”. The same argument was used in April too when Bisaria was scheduled to meet visiting Sikh pilgrims on Baisakhi. Subsequently, India accused Pakistan of making inflammatory statements and displaying posters to incite Khalistani sentiments. Meanwhile, Manjit Singh GK, president of DSGMC, said “Pakistan’s act of stopping a diplomat from paying respects was against the tenets of Sikhism”. BJP leader tells Kashmiri scribes Srinagar/Jammu, June 23 Former minister and BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh has courted fresh controversy by asking Kashmiri journalists to draw a line or face the consequences like noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was brutally killed on Eid eve. Lal Singh’s remarks have drawn sharp criticism in the Valley, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — the former coalition partner of the BJP — calling for his arrest. “His statement is condemnable, bizarre and malicious and merits immediate action. We urge the Governor’s administration to book and arrest Lal Singh,” PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain said. “...Now, (I) will tell Kashmiri Choudhary Lal Singh journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat? (an inference to Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed in Srinagar on June 14),” said Lal Singh at a press conference in Jammu. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who flagged the video on Twitter, said Shujaat’s death is “now a tool for goons to threaten other journalists”. When contacted, Lal Singh, who was forced to resign in April after he attended a rally supporting those accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old Kathua girl, said he stood by his remarks. “It is so because a certain section in the Kashmir media keeps eulogising terrorism, anti-national elements and their sympathisers. It harms national interest,” he said. Lal Singh added that his statement “is in favour of all nationalist journalists who are paying the price, and I am ready to face any consequence”. — TNS From July, Sanskrit, yoga Plastic disappears from shops on Day 1 of Maharashtra ban in U’khand madrasas Shiv Kumar 249 INSPECTORS ON JOB Tribune News Service Neena Sharma Tribune News Service Dehradun, June 23 The Uttarakhand Government plans to introduce computer science, yoga and Sanskrit as subjects in all 297 registered madrasas from the academic session that starts from July, Minister for Welfare of Minorities Yashpal Arya has said. “The introduction of these subjects will benefit the Muslim students immensely,” said Arya. Soon after the BJP came to power in the hill state last year, there was a clamour for introducing Sanskrit, yoga and computer science as subjects to modernise madrasas. The proposal was given a push by Arya, who left the Congress to join the BJP before the Assembly elections last year. The proposal was then approved by Chief Minister TS Rawat. Opposition parties are, however, doubtful whether the move would have any positive impact. They believe madrasas are already starved of funds and would face difficulty in hiring teachers. “The madrasas (funded by the government) find it difficult to pay the salaries of teachers. The government recently cleared the salaries pending for the past six months,” said Congress’ Suryakant Dhasmana. Muslim scholars said it would be a tall order to bring students to learn Sanskrit. “It needs to be seen how much acceptability the new subjects will find with parents and their wards,” said Akhlaque Ahmed, Deputy Registrar, Madrasas Board. Mumbai, June 23 Day One of the ban on singleuse plastic and thermocol items in Maharashtra appeared to be a success, with commercial establishments in Mumbai and other major cities pulling out plastic bags, food storage containers, cutlery, etc, from public distribution on Saturday. Prominent retailers like DMart, Reliance Retail and Big Bazaar said they have stopped distribution of plastic bags for the past several weeks. Store attendants were seen handing out cotton bags and asking customers to wrap groceries in brown paper bags at many places. Fishmongers operating cold storages were seen wrapping fish in aluminium foil before packing it in paper bags. The loopholes in the rules banning single-use plastic and thermocol items ensured ■ In Mumbai, BMC has unleashed a squad of 249 inspectors clad in distinctive blue jackets to enforce the plastic use ban ■ Those found violating the ban will be fined ~5,000 for the first offence, which will be increased to ~10,000 and ~25,000 subsequently ■ Violators will also have to provide their Aadhaar card and PAN card numbers to the inspectors Civic workers on an inspection drive in Thane on Saturday following the plastic ban. PTI that dealers in white goods were wrapping high-value products like televisions, fridges and mobile phones in bubble-wrap packing material. Officials at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation were clueless as to how bubble-wrap material was left out of the plastic ban. Civic officials in Mumbai said they would initially refrain from fining citizens caught with a plastic bag or two. “Our first priority is to stop the supply of the banned plastic items and hence we will target manufacturers and Today’s issue consists of 38 pages, including an eight-page Spectrum and six-page Bathinda Tribune. distributors. Citizens and small traders will not be harassed,” Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said. In Nashik, though, 72 people were fined and a sum of Rs 3.6 lakh collected as civic teams fanned out across the six municipal divisions. In Mumbai, officials said they will begin fining violators from Monday and will spend the weekend educating people about the ban. Businesses that have been using single-use plastic items have opted for alternatives. McDonald’s said it has replaced plastic cutlery with wood-based ones. Many restaurants said they have switched over to containers made of aluminium foil. Enterprising businessmen have already introduced pouches made of aluminium foil to hold liquids like soups and juices that can be sealed with a rubber band. Meanwhile, the government is looking to relax the ban on thermocol items after organisers of Ganesh pandals made a request. “But only on an undertaking to dispose these of properly,” Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said. He said the ban was necessary as Maharashtra generated 1,200 tonnes of plastic waste every day which found its way into the sea, in storm water drains and in the open. The government has kept original packaging material out of the ban’s ambit. Hence, milk, oil and other liquids may still be wrapped in plastic.
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