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India halts visa services for Canadians citing security threats

Tensions between India and Canada have flared as India suspends visa services for Canadian citizens, intensifying a diplomatic dispute following Canada’s allegations that India may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist on Canadian soil.

BLS International, the agency responsible for processing Indian visa applications in Canada, delivered a letter to Indian stock exchanges on Thursday, formally declaring the suspension of visa services “till further notice” due to operational reasons, effective from September 21, 2023.

Previously, BLS International had posted on its website that India had suspended visa services for Canadians starting on Thursday, citing information from the Indian mission. The notice briefly disappeared on Thursday before resurfacing without explanation.

This development follows India’s stern travel advisory issued the previous day, urging its citizens in Canada to exercise caution and vigilance due to “politically condoned hate crimes.” The advisory also highlighted threats targeting Indian diplomats and segments of the Indian community opposing anti-India agendas, particularly mentioning Indian students.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement regarding “credible allegations” of a potential link between “agents of the government of India” and the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh Canadian citizen who was fatally shot by masked assailants in June.

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India has vehemently denied these allegations, deeming them “absurd and motivated” and insisting that Canada has provided no specific evidence to substantiate Indian involvement.

India’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, highlighted that India had shared specific evidence of criminal activities by individuals on Canadian soil but had seen no action taken by Canadian authorities. In response to Trudeau’s statement, both India and Canada have expelled senior diplomats, straining their relations and raising concerns of an awkward rift between significant US partners.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a vocal advocate for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland that would encompass parts of India’s Punjab state, was gunned down outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, in June. The Khalistan movement is outlawed in India and regarded as a national security threat.

Nijjar’s name appeared on India’s list of UAPA terrorists, and in 2020, the Indian National Investigation Agency accused him of attempting to radicalise the Sikh community worldwide in favour of Khalistan.

The assassination of Nijjar deeply affected Canada’s Sikh community, one of the largest outside India, with over 770,000 Sikh members. Canadian authorities have not arrested any suspects in connection with his murder but have been actively investigating the case.

Spy agencies expose another Indian false flag operation

Spy agencies expose another Indian false flag operation. Pakistan’s intelligence agencies have exposed the script of yet another false flag operation planned by the Modi regime, which aimed to frame Islamabad for infiltration into the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

According to the script unearthed by security agencies, the false flag operation is planned to be carried out by the Indian agencies on the anniversary of the Pulwama terror attack that took place in February 2019, in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed,

According to the Indian script, the southern districts of India IIOJK – Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, and Shopia – were to be attacked by a suicide bomber.

Under the plan, the Indian authorities were to blame Pakistan and its premier spy agency – ISI – for the attack.

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Notably, In January 2022, Indian Congress Leader Udit Raj had claimed that “power-hungry” Narendra Modi had planned the Pulwama terror attack.

In a tweet, the former IRS officer called PM’s security breach a drama saying it proves that Modi was behind the ghastly terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives.

It is pertinent to mention here that this would not be the first time India has planned such an incident.

Shah Rukh Khan’s special tribute to late Lata Mangeshkar wins hearts

ISLAMABAD: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan paid a heart-touching tribute to legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away at the age of 92 on Sunday morning.

The veteran’s demise has left millions of her fans in a state of shock. Amid all this, there were a number of high-profile people from all spheres of life who attended Mangeshkar’s funeral at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.

Among them, the Devdas actor caught everybody’s attention as he was spotted with his manager Pooja Dadlani to bid farewell to the late singer.

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In visuals, Khan can be seen offering dua with a floral tribute and touching her feet in respect. Since then the Raees actor has been trending on social media and fans are quite touched by his gesture.

One fan wrote, “Ek hi dil hai kitni baar jitonge khan sahab (I have just one heart. How many times will you win it).”

Another fan commented, “Shah Rukh is a true gentleman, he always give tribute instead of posting on social media… he is a great human being.”

To note, the Tere Bina Zindagi Se singer’s funeral was attended by politicians as well as celebrities including Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. Her final rites were performed with full state honours in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

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Two brothers reunite at Kartarpur corridor after 74 years

NAROWAL:  Two brothers on Wednesday reunited at Kartarpur Corridor after 74 years.

According to details, the two brothers had separated at the time of the partition between Pakistan and India in 1947. Today (Wednesday) both the brothers have reunited.

Earlier on Nov 10, Prime Minister Imran Khan had inaugurated historic Kartarpur Corridor which would facilitate the entry of Sikh community to visit Gurdawara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District.

On the occasion, in his message to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “Let’s coexist as human beings. Imagine working together, alleviating poverty and illiteracy from the region. Just imagine the possibilities.”

He said a leader always unites people, never divides them. A true leader does not earn votes by spreading hatred.

PM Imran Khan said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) united the people. He never spoke of hatred. He only spoke of bringing people together. Our religion says the killing of one human being is like killing of all humanity.

“Nelson Mandela will always be remembered in South Africa because he united people post-Apartheid. Apartheid-hit South Africa was totally divided. No one ever thought there would be peace and justice in South Africa. Everyone believed there would be bloodshed; but one leader who spent 27 years in jail forgave and united them all,” he added.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu asked me to open the border; the first thing after coming into power I spoke to Narendra Modi about alleviating poverty and working together. I told him let’s solve the Kashmir issue by talking and resolving like neighbors.”

“I remember going to a conclave in India and telling the then prime minister Manmohan Singh that we can lift the entire subcontinent by working together. I said the same to PM Modi. But unfortunately we have a huge human rights issue at hand; eight million people are under lockdown. The way people are kept like animals,” he added.

PM Imran said the rights of the people of Kashmir to self-determination, granted by the UN, were taken from them. I still maintain today; and if Mr. Modi is listening, justice is what brings peace and prosperity.

“People from India, the Sikh community can come here, and I am happy that I am here to witness this and open this corridor with you. I hope one day our relations are beyond hatred, beyond the conflict of 70 plus years.”

“France and Germany fought wars but look at them today with their cross border relations, their trade. I hope to see this in the subcontinent very soon. Thank you very much for this historic moment today.”

Earlier on his arrival at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the Prime Minister shook hand with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and exchanged views with him. He also met former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu. Governor Punjab Chaudhary Sarwar and Interior Minister Ijaz Shah also interacted with Manmohan Singh.

The Construction of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and renovation of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib which has now become the world’s largest Sikh Gurdawara, has been completed in record time. The ground breaking ceremony of the corridor was held on 28th November last year.

‘Big Moment’

On his arrival, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the opening of Kartarpur corridor as a big moment. He hoped that Pakistan-India relations will improve enormously as a result of this initiative.

The Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarindar Singh also described this initiative as a major beginning and expressed the confidence that it will lead to more such steps.

The first batch of 10,000 pilgrims is set to perform their rituals within the compound of the Gurdwara after seven decades on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

Pakistan has announced to allow visit of 5,000 pilgrims to the shrine everyday with additional numbers on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion of facilities.

As a special gesture, the government also waived off the requirement of passport and 10-day advance intimation for whole year, a move which has not received a warm welcome by India.

The stunning white-coloured edifice of Gurdwara Baba Nanak stands tall as a symbol of peace and harmony despite a relation full of discords between the two bordering countries.

The inauguration on November 9 coincides with with birthday of the country’s national poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who in his poem ‘Nanak’ written in book Baang-e-Dara, holds the Sikh spiritual leader in high esteem for his monotheist beliefs.

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Karachi man throws acid on cousin for refusing his marriage proposal


KARACHI: A man threw acid on his cousin after she refused his marriage proposal in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony, a private news channel reported on Friday.

The acid attack victim is a 29-year-old divorcee and mother of two children. She was shifted to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital’s burns ward.

According to initial reports, doctors said 40% of her body had been burnt.

Police said that the suspect, Shehzad, had brought his parents to the woman’s house to present a proposal for marriage, which ended up with him attacking the woman with acid when she refused to accept his offer.

They said that a case has been registered against Shehzad on behalf of the victim’s father. Raids are being carried out to arrest the suspect.

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Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu steps down as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president

ISLAMABAD: Indian politician and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s president.
Sidhu shared a copy of his resignation letter, sent to Indian National Congress (INC) President Sonia Gandhi, on his official Twitter account.
According to Sidhu’s letter, he resigned “for the future and welfare of the Indian Punjab.”
“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee,” the letter reads.
However, Sidhu has stated in the letter that he will “continue to serve” the party.
As per the reports of Indian media, some members of the INC maintain that the reason behind Sidhu’s resignation is his disappointment over why his name wasn’t suggested for the post of Punjab chief minister after the resignation of the former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.
The reports also suggest that Sidhu will possibly be made Punjab’s chief minister this month.
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IHC wants Usman Mirza trial concluded in two months

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed a session’s court to conclude the trial of Usman Mirza and his accomplices in the couple harassment and torture case within two months.
An IHC bench headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani dismissed bail applications of three co-accused, Idrees Qayyum Butt, Hafiz Attaur Rehman and Farhan Shaheen.
The court announced its verdict after hearing arguments from defence and prosecution lawyers on the bail pleas.
Earlier today, a sessions court indicted Usman Mirza and his accomplices in the case.
Judge Ata Rabbani read out charges against Mirza, Rehan, Umar Bilal, Muhib Bangash, Farhan Shaheen, Hafiz Attaur Rehman and Idress Qayum Butt.
They all pleaded not guilty and opted to contest charges levelled against them.
A harrowing video of a man sexually harassing and torturing a couple in an Islamabad neighbourhood went viral on social media in July, igniting widespread outrage online with a hashtag calling for his arrest began trending on Twitter.
Swinging into action, Islamabad police arrested the prime suspect named Usman Mirza, and his accomplices.
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