Chandigarh, Nov 1: Former J&K governor NN Vohra on Thursday said community groups against cow-slaughter were a threat as they held roadside trials and lynched many accused.
He was delivering the First KPS Gill Memorial Lecture on ‘National Security–Some Concerns’ at the Indian School of Business here on Thursday, The Tribune reported. The lecture was held to mark Punjab Day.
Punjab Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa presided over the function.
Randhawa, in his address, recalled the troubled times of terrorism in Punjab. He said the late KPS Gill led from the front, especially by taking fast and effective decisions.
“I am humbled to get the opportunity to talk about him in front of a galaxy of serving and retired police officers, especially to share the stage with Vohra who had steered Kashmir through turbulent times,” he said.
Randhawa extolled police officers for fighting narco-terrorism. “I hope one of you will become KPS Gill against narco-terrorism,” he said.
Vohra, in his address, said the best tribute to Gill is to discuss the challenges on terrorism and other issues today.
He said, “Gill joined Punjab Police when there was suspicion all around, even in the civil secretariat. I received midnight orders to join as Punjab Home Secretary. My first job was to build trust. And instill faith among officers who were facing threats. Many colleagues went on leave to perform karsewa at the Golden Temple after Operation Bluestar.”
Vohra said, “There is need to evolve a national security policy. It is not in place currently. This policy has to be formulated in consultation with the state governments. Also, there should be a national security administrative service on the lines of the IAS to meet the challenges of security threats.”
On challenges to internal security, Vohra said the Punjab terrorism happened due to internal failures, which was abetted by Pakistan.
He said, “A recent threat is that of community groups against cow-slaughter. These groups held roadside trials and many accused of cow-slaughter were lynched. Some groups had even formed kangaroo courts to punish young boys and girls who married against the wishes of society.”
Vohra also condemned the violence caused by followers of godmen.
He laid emphasis on the importance of constabulary in dealing with the threats on the ground. “They are the first to respond but seven decades after Independence, they are yet to be made fully effective,” he said.
Vohra also condemned political interference in police postings and transfers. He said political patronage encouraged corruption and indiscipline.
Time for talks over, world must act now: PM
New Delhi, Feb 18: The Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF men shows that the time to hold talks on “terrorism” is over and there is an urgent need to unite against such elements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
The Prime Minister, who was holding talks with Argentina President Mauricio Macri, said dithering to take action against militants and their supporters will be like encouraging militancy.
“Brutal attack in Pulwama proves that time for talks have passed. Now the entire world needs to unite against ‘terrorism’ and its supporters and take strong actions,” PM said.
President of Argentina Mauricio Macri said, “I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the cruel attack (Pulwama) perpetrated just a few days ago. We condemn every kind of terrorist attack. I am truly pleased to be able to working together to fight this scourge on mankind.”
Cross LoC trade, bus service suspended
Srinagar, Feb 18: The cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Poonch has been suspended in backdrop of the Pulwama suicide attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed last Thursday.
“Since the incident, no truck was allowed to cross the Line of control hence affecting the trade,” an official said.
He added that Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service too has been suspended till further orders.
President, Cross LoC trade Union, Pawan Anand told The Kashmir Monitor that 60 trucks are stranded at trade centre (Chakan Da Bagh).
“We got orders to suspend the trade,” he said.
Pawan said that at least they have endured more than 4 crore of losses due to the trade suspension.
He added that most of the trucks are loaded with grapes, tomato, banana, tamarind and ser (zeera).
Besides Poonch, the cross-LoC trade also takes place through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road in Uri.
However, DC Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Naqash, confirmed that Uri has not received any order for trade suspension yet.
MBS conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan: Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tension
Islamabad, Feb 18: Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.
The kingdom’s foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for “consultations”, the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Delhi has vowed to retaliate after a suicide blast which killed over 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir on Thursday, the deadliest attack in Kashmir in recent decade.
The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.
“Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighboring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully,” said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
The pledge came as the crown prince, widely known as “MBS”, prepared to head for India later Monday, at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Pakistan.
India is garnering diplomatic support after the attack and has vowed to “isolate” Pakistan diplomatically in the international community, saying it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Islamabad’s role.
Pakistan has rejected the allegations.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday conferred the country’s highest civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan — on Saudi Crown Prince.
Mohammad bin Salman was honoured due to his “outstanding support for reinvigorating Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship”, Dawn reported.
Following the Pakistan president’s speech, the Saudi crown prince, as per Dawn, addressed the audience. “I was honoured to meet the president of Pakistan. I thank you for honouring me with Pakistan’s highest award.
“The brotherly relationship between the kingdom and Pakistan focus on the principle of Islamic solidarity. It is a model to be emulated by other nations. Our [countries’ relationship] go back 67 years that witnessed continuous development that rendered itself beneficial for both countries.
“The founding fathers for both countries established these relations on the principles of truthfulness, common understanding and mutual respect that go back to the first days of the establishment of Pakistan, post-World War 2.
“Our Pakistani brothers participated truthfully and effectively in the great development project that Saudi Arabia witnessed, especially the enlargement project of Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi. More than 2 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and are contributing to the development of both the countries.
“I wish all the best to the president and the prime minister in the service of this country and its people.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Saudi crown prince said his goodbyes to the Pakistan president and members of the federal cabinet before leaving for Nur Khan Airbase. As was the case when he had arrived, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan personally drove the car carrying the Saudi crown prince.
On Sunday, MBS signed $20 billion in investment deals with cash-strapped Islamabad and vowed to free thousands of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi custody.