New Delhi :In an address on advancing India-US relations, she said neither of the two nations can afford to turn a blind eye to the regimes that produce, harbour, and support terrorists, and in this context, the US is approaching its “relationship with Pakistan differently than in the past”.
She said though in many instances Pakistan had been a partner of the US, but it cannot tolerate the Pakistani government, or any other government, giving a safe haven to terrorists.
“We won’t tolerate it. We are communicating this message to Pakistan more strongly than in the past and we hope to see changes,” the 46-year-old Indian-American said in her address organised by the think-tank Observer Research Foundation.
Noting that the US and India have experienced the pain of terrorism, she said both the countries share a commitment of defeating terrorists and the hate ideology that motivates them.
“We share an urgent interest in eliminating the terrorist networks that threaten us, and to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and their sponsors.
“Both our nations lost citizens in the horrific Mumbai attack a decade ago. As fellow democracies, the United States and India must be global leaders in the fight against terrorism,” Haley said.
The senior official of the Trump administration said the US and India have expanded their counter-terrorism cooperation in the past decade.
However, she asserted that “we can and we must do more. We must use all of the elements of our national power — economic, diplomatic and military — to protect ourselves.”
Haley said that this includes working together at the United Nations to designate terrorist leaders and networks.
Haley, who is in New Delhi on a two-day visit, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed ways to enhance the India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism.
She also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed ways to deepen the strategic partnership.
Haley had visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina governor. She is the first Indian-American to serve in a cabinet-level position in any US presidential administration.
Rahul ‘regrets’ using SC reference in ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark over Rafale deal
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed his response to a contempt petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Meenakshi Lekhi over his remark on the Rafale deal. Rahul said that he ‘regrets’ using Supreme Court’s reference in ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark and it was ‘made in the heat of the political campaign.’
SC had last week issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi in connection to the contempt petition and sought an explanation from him.
In his response, the Congress president said that the statement was made in the “heat of political campaigning” but alleged that it has been “used and misused by political opponents.”
“I will not attribute any views, observations or findings to the court in political addresses to the media and in public speeches, unless such views, observations or findings are recorded by the Court,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“It is also clear that no court would ever do that (say Chowkidar Chor hai) and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political juxtaposition in the same breath in the heat of the political campaigning,” he added.
The Supreme Court will hear the matter .
After the apex court had dismissed preliminary objection raised by the Centre seeking review of the earlier judgment in the Rafale case, the Congress president remarked: “Supreme Court has said chowkidar chor hai in the verdict.”
While making the observations last week, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches, remarks made by Gandhi to media/public have been incorrectly attributed to this court. We also make it clear that this court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected by the attorney general.”
Like father, like son: Jaya Prada reacts to Abdullah Azam Khan’s ‘Anarkali’ jibe
New Delhi: Jaya Prada on Monday lashed out at Abdullah Azam Khan for his remarks from a day earlier in which he described her as ‘Anarkali.’
Abdullah, son of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, had – without actually taking Jaya Prada’s name – had suggested that Rampur Lok Sabha constituency will accept both Bajrangbali and Ali but will reject Anarkali. It is believed to be a clear reference to Jaya Prada who is contesting the Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket from here. (Full report here)
Reacting to the remark, Jaya Prada said that Abdullah has taken the habit of making cheap remarks from his father. “I cannot decide whether to laugh or to cry after listening to his remark. Like father, like son. But I had not expected this from Abdullah. He is an educated man,” she told news agency ANI. “His father says I am Amrapali. He says I am Anarkali. Is that how they see women?”
The verbal duel between Jaya Prada on one side and Abdullah and Azam Khan on the other has been bitter, often bordering on derogatory.
Azam Khan, in particular, has had to face massive backlash for reportedly making numerous crass remarks against his former SP colleague who has since joined BJP. The two are direct rivals in the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency which votes in the third phase this Tuesday.
‘Absolutely a right decision’: Amit Shah defends fielding Sadhvi Pragya
Kolkata: While addressing a press conference in Kolkata, BJP president Amit Shah said, “The refugees who have come from Bangladesh, be it Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, or Christians, BJP has clearly signalled in its ‘sankalp patra’ that we will give them citizenship.”
“Citizenship Amendment Bill will come first, all refugees will be given citizenship, after that NRC will be made. Refugees shouldn’t worry, only infiltrators should. First the CAB will come then NRC, NRC will not be for just Bengal but for the whole country,” Shah said.
Shah assured that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be passed after picture in Rajya Sabha changes by 2020.
He said, for India, the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is about taking it to new heights and establishing democracy.
“Democracy has ceased to exist in Bengal, law and order has also failed,” he added.
Speaking on the recent controversial leader Sadhvi Pragya, the BJP president said that she has been given a clean chit after a false case was filed against her.
Sadhvi Pragya, who is out on bail in the Malegaon blast case of 2008, has been fielded by the BJP from Bhopal constituency. “It is absolutely a right decision. The allegations against her are baseless. Nothing against her or Swami Aseemanad have been proved,” Shah said while addressing a media conference here.
On being asked if Prime Minister Modi will also contest from West Bengal, Shah said that as of now there is no such plan.
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