29112018-TTC-01.qxd 29-11-2018 01:36 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.329 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, november 29,2018 PUTIN: UKRAINE PREZ BEHIND CLASH PAGE 13 GENE-EDITED BABY TRIAL ‘PAUSED’, SAYS CHINESE SCIENTIST PAGE 13 /thetribunechd ! late city INDIA BEAT S AFRICA 5-0 IN OPENER PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Army with me on India ties: Imran HC upholds conviction KARTARPUR CORRIDOR Says if France and Germany can come close, why not us Kartarpur, November 28 Pitching for the normalisation of Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today said his government, the army and all political parties in the country are on the same page to improve ties with India and asserted that all issues, including Kashmir, can be resolved with “strength and will” of leadership of the two countries. Khan, who will complete 100 days in office on Thursday, laid the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border here and used the ceremony to reach out to India, favouring steps to improve strained ties. He said if France and Germany can have close and friendly ties after the bitter history of fiercely fighting with each other, then why can’t India and Pakistan mend their relationship. Khan mentioned Kashmir as the one major issue between the two countries but did not talk about cross-border terrorism, which India has been maintaining as a major stumbling block for resumption of talks between the two sides. continued on page 7 Related Reports on PAge 11 IN BRIEF 80% cast vote in Mizoram, 75% in Madhya Pradesh New Delhi: About 75 per cent voters cast their ballot in Madhya Pradesh and 80 per cent in Mizoram on Wednesday where incumbent governments are seeking a fourth and third term in office, respectively. Madhya Pradesh recorded 74.6 per cent polling in its 230 constituencies. The turnout in 2013 was 72.13 per cent, the Election Commission said. Mizoram recorded 80 per cent voter turnout. The state had witnessed 83.41 per cent polling in 2013. PAGE 7 Punjab CM taken to PGI as he complains of fever Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was on Wednesday taken to the PGI here for a check-up after he complained of slight fever and body ache. A Chief Minister’s close aide said various tests, including X-ray, were conducted on him and his reports were found to be normal. “Doctors have advised him rest, besides medication,” an aide said. All official engagements for Thursday have been cancelled, he added. TNS KASHMIR SOLE ISSUE We have one issue which is Kashmir. Humans have reached the Moon. Which issue can’t be solved? Can’t we solve one issue? We only need determined leadership on both sides. Imran Khan, PAKISTAN PM ❝ ❝ Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan unveils the stone with Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hardeep Singh Puri, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa beside him. PTI No talks till terror ends: Sushma India to boycott SAARC summit, delinks Kartarpur corridor Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service Hyderabad, November 28 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not travel to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. New Delhi: Arvind Saxena has been appointed as chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He will have a tenure till August 7, 2020, when he turns 65. He has been working as acting head of the UPSC since June 20. Prior to joining the UPSC in 2015, he was working as director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC). PTI “When we receive an invite, we are not responding to it since Pakistan has not stopped terror activities on Indian soil. There will be no dialogue till Pakistan stops terrorist activity here and we will not participate in SAARC,” Swaraj said. She snubbed Islamabad when asked why she did not go to Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor stone-laying, saying there would be no dialogue till it stopped promoting terror against India. She, however, added that the corridor should not be linked to talks. “I personally favour talks for resolution of any problem, continued on page 7 IMRAN ON SIDHU I hope we do not have to wait till Sidhu becomes Wazir-eAzam... I want a good relationship with India. People want peace... Pakistan will take two steps if India takes one step. Imran Khan, PAKISTAN PM ❝ Top LeT ultra Naveed Jatt shot I may be shifted, Bukhari killing suspect fled from custody in February says J&K Guv Jammu, November 28 Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 28 A top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander and key suspect in journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s killing, Naveed Jatt, was killed in a gunfight with security forces in central Kashmir’s Budgam district today. State police chief Dilbag Singh said the Pakistanborn LeT “chief commander” was killed in a gunfight that broke out in the early hours at Budgam’s Kuthpora village. Another militant, whose identity was not confirmed by the police, was also killed in the gunfight that lasted several hours. Jatt’s killing is being seen as a significant blow to the militant outfit, which has seen its top commanders in south Kashmir — all of them Naveed Jatt in custody. FILE locals — being killed in counter-insurgency operations in recent weeks. Jatt had infiltrated into Kashmir in 2012. The gunfight erupted when security forces cordoned off the village after specific inputs about the presence of militants. In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed, while a third man- aged to escape with the help of locals. A video later went viral showing the third militant being whisked away by a crowd of locals. DGP Dilbag Singh termed Jatt’s killing “a big success” as he was the “prime suspect” in Bukhari’s killing outside his office here earlier this year. Singh said Jatt was involved in “atrocities against public”. “In south Kashmir, innocent boys were abducted, shot, slaughtered; banks robbed; policemen attacked and killed. Naveed Jatt and LeT militants were involved.” Jatt, who was caught in 2014, had escaped on February 6 after two militants attacked a police team at SMHS hospital, where he was brought in for treatment. Two policemen were killed. Another report on Page 10 Governor Satya Pal Malik today hinted that he may be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir following his remarks that New Delhi wanted to see People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone as Chief Minister. “As long as I am here, I’m here. It is not in my hands. But the threat of transfer is there,” Malik said. “I don’t know when I will be transSatya Pal Malik ferred. I will not lose my job, but as long as I am here, I assure the people that whenever you call me, I will come.” On November 24, Malik admitted that had he looked for directions from Delhi on how to tackle the political crisis, he would have had to install BJP-backed Sajjad Lone as the CM. — IANS 3 women councillors get notices for ‘proxy rule’ Sent spouses to MC meetings inviolation of rules, who ‘forged’ signs, took honorarium Ravi Dhaliwal Arvind Saxena is UPSC chairman till August 2020 REGRETTABLE: MEA It is deeply regrettable that Pakistan PM chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long-pending demand of the Sikh community by making unwarranted reference to J&K. MEA Tribune News Service Fatehgarh Churian, Nov 28 The Local Bodies Department has issued notices to three women councillors in the Fatehgarh Churian Municipal Council — Harkirtan Kaur, Kamlesh and Pratibha Rani — asking why action should not be initiated for sending their husbands to House meetings. They are to submit an explanation in 21 days. With the practice of ‘proxy’ rule by husbands of women representatives rampant in Punjab, the action is expected to have a rippling effect. According to the rules, if a councillor is absent for three successive meetings, he or she is liable to be disqualified. These women councillors were absent for the past three years. Given the fact that a House meeting is held every month, their ‘proxies (husbands)’ attended at least 36 meetings. A notice has been issued to MC chief Baljit Singh Chauhan for having allowed the husbands an honorarium of ~500 per meeting even as Executive Officer Bhupinder Singh has been asked to explain why he had allowed the husbands to be there. The MC is controlled by the Akalis, who allege they are being targeted by Cabinet Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, the sitting MLA, who stoutly denies the charge. Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Sources say the husbands would fake the signatures to claim the money. “The councillors defrauded the government. Action will be taken and dues recovered. Proceedings should also be launched against their spouses and the MC chief,” an officer said. “The government introduced reservation to empower women, but the councillors empowered their husbands instead,” RTI activist Sukhchain Singh said. of70 in 1984 riots case New Delhi, November 28 The Delhi High Court today upheld the conviction of 70 of the 89 persons awarded a five-year jail term by a trial court for rioting, burning houses and violating curfew in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri area during the 1984 antiSikh riots. Sixteen of the remaining 19 persons died during pendency of appeals against the trial court’s August 27, 1996, verdict. The appeals of the remaining three were dismissed after they absconded. Justice RK Gauba asked the convicts to surrender forthwith to serve their remaining prison terms. The court noted that the anti-Sikh riots were a “dark chapter” in the history of independent India. “The police force and the civil administration did not take timely or effective action to prevent the riotous conditions from spiralling out of hand. The criminal law process began but hesitatingly and belatedly. “The fact that these cases have continued to linger on in courts at the stage of trial or appeals is itself an indicator of the reality that the response of the law has been SAYS MERITED MORE SEVERE PUNISHMENT The case merited punishment more severe than the one meted out by the trial court — 89 persons were awarded a five-year jail term in 1996. The trial court’s order lacked clarity as to why no case for a more grave seeking enhancement of offence, such as murder, punishment, there is no was made out as a large occasion for this court to number of persons died. modify the order on Since there is no appeal sentence either way. ❝ tardy, ineffective and highly unsatisfactory.” In its 79-page verdict, the court said the police did not promptly register the crimes and collect evidence and the other agencies, including the prosecution and the trial court, “failed to rise to the occasion”. Justice Gauba noted that 95 bodies were recovered after the rioting, 22 of which remained unidentified and it was likely that no prosecution was initiated against anyone in respect of these deaths. “This court directs the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, to have the material and evidence re-examined for further action... The large-scale rioting, mob violence, arson, plunder, genocide and looting has been duly proved and established... the judgment of the trial court must be upheld.” Dismissing the appeals of the convicts and cancelling their bail bonds, the court noted that after each communal riot, there were allegations of political influences being the root cause and therefore, there could be a need to “inject” a “sense of neutrality” in the investigative and prosecution process. — TNS/Agencies
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