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A change of culture in parliament needed – Ghahraman

Race Relations Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities. Green Party Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for change in the culture in parliament and MPs using it as a platform to launch racial attacks on immigrants.

Source –  Golriz Ghahraman arrived here a scared 9-year-old after fleeing the conflict of her home Iran in search of freedom and Friday, the 15th of March, was a stark reminder of those times and New Zealand’s darkest day.  However, some in Māoridom see it differently. Ghahraman is calling for a change in the culture of parliament and wants MPs to stop the hysteria and fanning the flames of division against immigrants. The theme for Race Relations Day 2019 is ‘Te Rā Whanaungatanga’ our people, our cultures, our languages. The spokesperson for the Greens on human rights Ghahraman says, “It did remind me as well that there were among the victims were people like me who actually fled persecution and in some cases really serious war.”I wanted us to all accept that it’s coming from across the whole house and for us to stop now and just don’t play that kinda Donald Trump politics of hate and division.

“My people feel it out on the street. Every time you blame migrants or refugees or Muslims for click-bait, our kids are going to school and consuming that hate.”Professor Tom Roa had this to say about past terror acts that have happened to Māori, “The Māori world remembers the theft and killings at Parihaka, and at Rangiaowhia, and onward to the land wars against colonial soldiers at Te Rata, and at Waerenga-a-Hika, and elsewhere around the country.”The events in Christchurch are distressing.

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Opp to raise NZ terror attack in NA

PBC strongly condemns massacre at Christchurch mosques, Extremism and intolerance are destroying healthy human development in world.The MNAs in the upcoming National Assembly session will also unanimously pass a resolution to condemn the tragic incident in New Zealand.
In the terrorist attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, almost 49 people died and 20 received serious injuries.The tragic incident in two mosques was condemned throughout the world.The lawmakers from Pakistan are unanimous that there should be a unified stance against terrorism.The legislators will further express their views in the upcoming session of the National Assembly and Senate over the terrorist attack.The parliamentarians, in their views, have strongly condemned the terror attack on a mosque in New Zealand. They mentioned in their messages that the entire international community should have a unified stance against terrorism.PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that terrorism is an evil which should be immediately dealt with.The former President prayed to Almighty Allah for the grant of eternal peace to the departed souls and strength and fortitude to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
He concluded by advising the government to contact overseas Pakistanis settled in New Zealand.Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Syed Amjad Shah has strongly condemned terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand in which at least 50 worshippers were killed and many others seriously injured.
He expressed his grief and shock over this heinous incident and expressed condolences for the victims and termed this act of terrorism against the Muslims and their place of worship. He said that terrorism has no boundaries and we all need to stay together to overcome this global issueof terrorism.
He said that the extremism and intolerance is destroying the healthy human development in the world and appealed all the peace loving people of the World to raise voice against such extremism and to create a culture of tolerance in the world.He demanded severest action against the culprits for committing this act which not only has caused heart burning of the Muslims world over but would also advance and promote terrorism and religious hatred.He has, further, demanded that the World leaders must together to take quick measures for the peace of the World and to combat all forms of terrorism They should evolve practical strategy and plan to eliminate causes of terrorism.He emphasized the need of unified efforts and practical steps by the world to ensure that such evil acts may not be repeated otherwise such like incident may destroy peace of the World.

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War is mad, isn’t Modi too?

Many in the world are portraying India and Pakistan at the moment as two nuclear antagonists perilously close to mutual assured destruction.
We’ll pick time, place to hit back, read newspaper headlines.That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.
PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it to put a stop to cross-border terrorism or to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their powerful South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.
Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words sense and sagacity — reminded many of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility’.He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them Muslims needed to be taught a lesson. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India. Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.
Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.Pakistan protested strongly but warned sternly that the aggression would be revenged. “We’ll pick time, place to hit back,” read newspaper headlines.
That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. “In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area”, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it “to put a stop to cross-border terrorism” or “to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.”Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their “powerful” South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.
Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words – sense and sagacity reminded many of Jane Austin’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger  after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.
But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them “Muslims needed to be taught a lesson”. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.
Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India.” Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.
Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics – Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.

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The most dangerous place in the world

On the eve of his visit to South Asia in March 2000, American President Bill Clinton referred to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir as “the most dangerous place in the world”.
This was not an exaggeration but recognition of the fact that the Kashmir dispute, made even more volatile by the popular Kashmiri uprising against the Indian occupation, could escalate into war between two nuclear weapon states.The recent Pulwama incident has once again raised the spectre of war between Pakistan and India which can, either through intention or accident, lead to the use of nuclear weapons.Therefore, Kashmir still remains the most dangerous place in the world and it is incumbent on all sides to act responsibly in order to avoid Armageddon.The Pulwama attack in which more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops were killed by a young Kashmiri, Adil Ahmad Dar, who had been tortured by Indian forces  should not come as a surprise.For more than seven decades, India has resorted to brute force to put down the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination.
Indian failure is not just due to the brave resilience of the Kashmiri people but also due to the escalating levels of Indian brutality that has made the Kashmiri resolve even stronger.Despite the presence of more than 700,000 Indian troops armed with draconian powers, nearly 90,000 casualties, use of indiscriminate killings, torture, rape, illegal detentions, and disappearances as instruments of policy, India has failed to intimidate the Kashmiris.
Now, an entirely new generation has taken up the struggle, including children in their teens. Even they have not been spared from the cowardly Indian use of indiscriminate firepower including pellet guns that have blinded and maimed hundreds of them.No wonder Kashmiri youth like Dar are ready to sacrifice their lives to exact revenge on their tormentors.All Indian governments since 1947 have refused to recognise the reality that Kashmiris do not want to be a part of India.
Instead they have blamed Pakistan for promoting “terrorism” in Kashmir.The Modi government of Hindu chauvinists and extremists has taken this repressive charade to an even lower level  seeking a Nazi-type fascist solution in Kashmir by settlement of Hindus in the Muslim majority valley to change its demographic character.Viewed from this perspective, the Indian allegations of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir are hollow. The Kashmiris are fighting for themselves and do not need persuasion from Pakistan.
Some Indian political and military leaders now acknowledge this fact.In terms of international legal norms, the UN Charter and several UN resolutions recognise not only the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples under foreign occupation and alien domination to wage an armed struggle for their freedom and realisation of the right of self-determination, as is the case of the Kashmiris, but also draw a clear distinction between terrorism and the legitimate struggle for self-determination.
Therefore, the Kashmiris are not engaged in terrorism but a legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination.Unfortunately, however, in the realm of realpolitik, international law and principles are only relevant when they suit the powerful — as in East Timor or South Sudan, but not Kashmir or Palestine.
After 9/11, America’s war on terror has essentially targeted all Muslims as terrorists even if they are involved in a just and legitimate struggle under international law.India was quick to seize this opportunity by fully aligning with the US and Israel to project Muslims as terrorists, including of course the Kashmiris.
False flag operations carried out by Indian security forces and ‘Sarkari’ militants have been blamed on the Kashmiris and Pakistan.The Americans, instead of determining the truth, are just happy to have India join them in the fight against ‘Islamist terrorism’.

Today, this is even truer of Trump and his crowd of bigoted anti-Muslims who have found a fellow fascist in Modi. No wonder Trump says he is “a great fan of Hindu”.This has added to the prevailing dangers of an Indo-Pakistan conflict. Modi and his Hindutva cohorts, who have already created mass hysteria against Pakistan and Kashmiris, are now braying for blood to avenge the Pulwama attack.Forthcoming Indian elections make Modi even more desperate to be seen as being muscular.Apart from threatening to ‘isolate’ Pakistan and withdrawing the MFN status, military options are being explored.American support for Indian allegations against Pakistan could make India even more adventurous in its actions.Despite all this Indian bravado, it will have to be cold hard logic that will determine Indian response.‘Isolating’ Pakistan has already been tried and failed.Withdrawal of the MFN status is meaningless given the low volume of bilateral trade, and in any case Indian non-tariff barriers have already stunted Pakistani exports to India.While sponsoring terrorist attacks is possible, any ‘surgical strike’, like the last one, would be more of a sham.Heavy artillery or air strikes are also possible.Then there is the much-hyped ‘Cold Start’ type limited military operations option. But the Indians are fully aware of Pakistan’s Full Spectrum deterrence doctrine and it remains to be seen whether they will risk testing it.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has already assured them that Pakistan will surely respond. Significantly, former Indian generals like General DS Hooda, former head of the Northern Command, and in whose tenure the so-called surgical strike was carried out, has suggested caution and hoped for ‘rethinking and reconciliation’ from all sides.Owing to these factors, the only realistic option for India is to seek a sustainable solution to the Kashmir dispute through dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris.As their American allies have learned in Afghanistan, there is no military solution to such problems.
Only then can Kashmir cease to be the most dangerous place in the world.

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Pakistani stoned to death in Jaipur Jail

ISLAMABAD: As law and order situation is spinning out of control in some areas of India with Muslims and Kashmiris being targeted by lynch mobs, a Pakistani prisoner in Jaipur Central Jail was stoned to death by a group of Indian inmates in retaliation …

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Modi back in the game?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has rightly asked India to bring actionable proof of involvement of Pakistan in the February 14 Pulwama incident in occupied Kashmir and has offered full cooperation by the Government of Pakistan in investigations of the …
But so far there is no sign of Indian intransigence subsiding.
Imran Khan has justifiably stated that Pakistan itself is a victim of terror having lost 70,000 lives to acts of terrorism. The organisation that claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing is proscribed in Pakistan.Moreover, an Indian military commander has said the explosives used in the bombing were procured locally. It is also known that the vehicle used for the attack was a Mahindra SUV vehicle.In the aftermath of Pulwama incident, Kashmiri Muslims are being attacked in different parts of India. The situation is so grave that Amnesty International has asked the Indian government to ensure security to Kashmiri Muslims, 2019.Like Opinion Editorial on , follow on to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.

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