No case registered against Hafiz Saeed ‘sahab’ in Pakistan, says Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that there is no case registered in Islamabad against 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and no action could be instigated against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief. “There is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahab in Pakistan, if there were a case, action would have been taken. Action is taken when there is a case registered [against someone],” Pakistan PM Abbasi said in an interview with Pakistan’s Geo TV.

India, again and again, has asked Islamabad to take action against Saeed who is alleged to be the mastermind of 26/11 attack in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. The US has described Hafiz Saeed as a global terrorist and has also put a bounty of $10 million on his head. As  Saeed’s name on the UN terror list, he has also recently petitioned the global body asking removal of his name since none of the allegations against him – either related to terrorism or otherwise – has been proved in the Pakistan courts.

Following Saeed’s release on November 24, the LeT founder had confirmed that JuD would contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan beneath the banner of Milli Muslim League (MML), which is still to be registered with the Election Commission. Currently, the Pakistan government banned Saeed’s JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting donations.

The Khap Panchayat and The Freedom to Love: SC

The Supreme Court today while dealing with a petition filed in 2010 by an NGO Shakti Vahini, talked about the concept of falling in love and marrying their chosen one.

There have been incidents of violence against the couple, who choose their own life and way forward, defying the rules and norms laid down by the community and the society. Such incidents are known as honour killing where the couple’s peaceful co-existence and individual lives are put to danger just because they went against the rules laid down by their fathers, brothers and their community.

The famous Khap Panchayats of the villages, which have on several occasions used the mandate of the village to scuttle not only the individual freedom, but also have acted as a bar to prevent any maturity on the part of the elders of the community over issues that call for evolution with time, but are dear to them due to age old cherished beliefs and customs.

The tyranny of the Khap Panchayats continues to be one of the kind which transgresses to the levels of intolerance, for example the occasions where the Panchayats banned the use of cellphones by young girls and wearing of jeans or skin fit lower garments were barred. There have even such situations where Panchayats have assumed the roles of a Family Court, thereby adjudicating the potency of the spouses,or annulling the marriage completely.

This does not end here when they, in the name of honour conjure the people to meddle with an inter-religious marriage or an inter-caste marriage. Such occasions are seen to have happened on many occasions. This does not only happen in the villages, but also is a feature in Tier-2 cities of India that are a home to the most rapidly evolving population in the country, not to mention the Tier-3 cities.

The social intolerance breeds high in various communities and the woman/girl who chooses to take a  man from another caste as her partner for life, is often subjected to the illusory honour that surrounds the girl, and is destructive to the father and the brother,or rather the entire family, and the community too.

It is a very simple expression of homogamous marriages being exaggerated to an extent where it becomes impossible for the people to accept the individual freedom of the girl and the boy involved.

The halo of honour has led to several couples living in a situation of spite and threat, or even getting killed which has not been monitored by the Police. The Police is not most of the times aware of any such threat, because such couples live under the belief that law would not aid their association, while the Supreme Court in  the spirit of giving a sigh of relief to such lovers, has allowed them to live, without fear, though there may  be no law, yet the concept shall be evolved.

The bench comprising of the Chief Justice, and Justice DY Chandrachud, and AM Khanwiljar, has done a great job, yet the evolution of the principles need various quarters to walk in for a more productive approach to the controversies that surround love marriages in India.


Jallikattu: 2 more spectators killed due to this unsafe game in Tamil Nadu

As per the reports, three spectators of Jallikattu or bull taming sport were killed and several injured at various places in Tamil Nadu when bulls attacked them. In a village in Sivaganga district, two persons were killed when a bull attacked them after being released. Almost 50 people were injured in the attack.

In the same manner, in a Jallikattu in Trichy district, around 350 km from here, one viewer was killed and several others were injured in a bull’s attack. At the same time, Jallikattu was equally flagged off by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at Alanganallur in Madurai district. About 1,000 bulls and over 1,200 bull tamers participated in the event. Jallikattu is Tamil Nadu’s traditional sport, a part of Pongal festivities. As per the rules of the Jallikattu, a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on the hump of the animal for a certain period of time. The winning bull tamers and the owners of untamed bulls are awarded prized like cash, consumer durables, two-wheelers and others.

Two cars have been added to the award list for the Allanganallur event this year. Following huge protests last year against banning the sport, Jallikattu was held after the passing of an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. On January 14, the year’s first Jallikattu event was held in Madurai.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli fined 25% of his match fee for showing disagreement in Centurion Vs South Africa

On Tuesday, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was fined 25 percent of his match fee and got one demerit point for expressing disagreement on Day 3 of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. The Indian skipper breached Article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which describes to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The ICC said in a statement, “The incident took place in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Micheal Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.” “After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” the statement added. The charge was pointed by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.

The level 1 violations carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. The Indian captain Kohli has been very honest about his feelings, aggressively celebrating every fall of the wicket and even his own gutsy century. The South Africa pacer Morne Morkel, however, made it less important by saying that they are not getting too worked up seeing Kohli’s reactions that nearly border on being inflammatory at times. “Virat is very competitive. They are over here to compete and they’ve got a team that could potentially beat South Africa for the first time here. That’s his nature. It gets him strong and keeps him going. We’re well aware of that don’t take any notice of it,” Morkel said following the end of day’s play on Monday.

Hina Khan treated me like a servant, claims Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde

It looks like Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde is not ready to forget and forgive whatever happened between her and first runner-up Hina Khan inside the house in the last three months. There were many fights between Shilpa and Hina, which went bitter and bitter only. Although Hina has said that the fights in the house got kaput as soon as the show did, whereas Shilpa has said that she never wants to meet the Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor again. The Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai fame actress said in an interview that Hina treated her like a servant in Bigg Boss 11 house.

“It’s not easy to cook for 20 people. If I made extra food, they would complain; if it fell short, it was again an issue. Hina squirmed if the food was stale. Despite doing everything [I could], she wasn’t appreciative,” Shilpa told Mid-Day in an interview. She added that Hina “treated me like a servant”. Commenting on her journey in Bigg Boss 11, Shilpa Shinde also talked to IANS. “See, in the last 15 years, people did not love me, but the characters that I played. They did not know how I am in real life as Shilpa Shinde. So now, everyone, who voted for me, they know my real self,” said the Bigg Boss 11 winner.

Echoing about her future plans, Shilpa had said following the reality show finale, “I would rather explore the medium of films than television. After working for so many years, the way few people of the industry (referring to the producers of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai) treated me, I am disheartened. I do not wish to work in the TV industry anymore.” Shilpa Shinde left the show Bhabhi Ji due to her issues with the producers in 2016. On the other hand, she also filed a complaint of sexual harassment against producer Sanjay Kohli. From the time Shilpa came out openly in the media and talked about her experience, she had to face trouble in getting work. Also, the producers started accusing her of being unprofessional and throwing her weight around.

Shilpa started her career in 1999 as she grabbed eyeballs with a daily soap Bhabhi. The Bigg Boss 11 winner acted in various shows like Maayka, Sanjeevani, Chidiya Ghar, Lapataganj and many more. She said she was confident that she will win the trophy. “My confidence to win Bigg Boss did not come from the number of fans I had before entering the house. I am always confident that I am a good person. I have a lot of patience and tolerance, so I was confident to fight the game on that basis,” said Shilpa Shinde.

Attorney General Venugopal believes Supreme Court crisis will take 2-3 days to settle

On Tuesday, the Attorney General K K Venugopal said that the crisis in the top court seems to be unresolved and hoped it will be “fully settled” in a couple of days, comments that come a day following he stated that everything was settled in the higher judiciary. A crisis surged on January 12 following four senior judges – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – candidly condemned the working of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Venugopal told PTI that “Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days”. When asked reports about the impasse enduring, Venugopal said he has to agree with the view. Asked whether he had a meeting or spoke with any of the four judges or the CJI, Venugopal said, “Nothing of that sort has happened.” Venugopal, however, hoped that things will be solved in the next couple of days. The four top Supreme Court judges had resumed work on Monday, contradicting the festering tensions erupted by their accusations against the Chief Justice, while the Attorney General had depicted the first-time crisis as “a storm in a tea cup”.

The four judges had highlighted certain issues, including the assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain problems affecting the nation’s highest court. On Sunday, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be resolved soon and amiability would conquer.

Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers in ‘Retaliatory action’, injures 4 along LoC

In a strong retaliation attack, Indian Army killed today seven Pakistani soldiers and wounded four in areas along the Line of Control (LoC) for the killing of an Indian soldier in Pakistan firing on Saturday. The Army’s act took place in the leading areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The reply came following an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Pakistan army said in a statement that four of its soldiers were killed along the LoC in the Jandrot, Kohli sector. The army, on the other side, killed six Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists. The Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said that “We have recovered five bodies from the spot. I think six have died, one body is being searched. They belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and information was that they are suicide attackers”. “Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes,” added Vaid.

While addressing Army members at an event of the 70th Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat cautioned Pakistan not to force India to step up its military attacking. “Pakistan Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along LoC in J&K. We are using our might to teach them a lesson. If we are forced, then we may resort to other action by stepping up military offensive,” Rawat said. General Rawat also talked about Pakistan’s continuous ceasefire violations. He said that “Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively. We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so”. Rawat added that anti-India activities will not be allowed.

As per the data compiled by the Union Home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. “We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” said General Rawat. He also added that quarrels along Line of Actual Control in the nation’s northern border with China are continuing, with steady transgressions happening. The Army chief said terrorism has been limited in the Eastern front. “Our intelligence based and people-friendly operations in the north-east have managed to limit terrorism to a large extent,” the Army chief said.