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NEW DELHI: Terrorism remains publicly acknowledged by Pakistan government as a policy making it difficult for India to conduct normal relations with them, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.

“In terms of your… question, how are we with Pakistan. Well, I am afraid we’re still at the, if not the perennial issues, at least the long-lasting ones, which is terrorism from Pakistan continues,” Jaishankar said while speaking at an online event hosted by the Asia Society

“Terrorism from Pakistan continues & remains publically acknowledged by their govt as a policy they’re justifying. Makes it very hard to conduct normal relations with them. They don’t do normal trade with India, we don’t have a normal visa relationship,” he added.

The external affairs minister said that Pakistan has blocked connectivity between India and Afghanistan and from Afghanistan to India.

“Normal neighbours do visas and trade. They give you connectivity and most important they don’t practice terrorism. And I think until we address that problem, this challenge of how do you have a normal relationship with this very unique neighbour is a very troubling issue for our foreign policy,” he said.

Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived after a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror groups based in the neighbouring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.

(With agency inputs)

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Moved to prevent CBI from taking over TRP scam probe: Maharashtra home minister

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MUMBAI: A day after the Maharashtra government issued a notification withdrawing its general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation, state home minister Anil Deshmukh said the decision was taken as the premier agency “was being used to settle political scores and there was suspicion that just like in the past, the TRP scam case which was being probed by the Mumbai police may be handed over to the CBI”, reports Bhavika Jain.

“CBI is a professional agency, but of late it has been used to settle political scores. A complaint in the TRP case has been registered in UP, and it is rumoured that due to political pressure, there could be an attempt to combine all the cases and to give them to CBI. To prevent misuse of the general consent, we decided to revoke it,” Deshmukh said.

He said there have been instances where the SC, in some of its judgments, has taken objection to the CBI’s ways of functioning.

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PM Modi hails Amit Shah hand in nation’s progress

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NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Thursday praised Union home minister Amit Shah on his birthday, saying he was making important contribution to country’s progress and BJP’s growth.

“Our nation is witnessing the dedication and excellence with which he is contributing towards India’s progress. His efforts to make BJP stronger are noteworthy,” Modi tweeted, his words being seen by many as underscoring Shah’s cruciality in the government and BJP’s organisational affairs.

Shah, who quit as BJP chief after joining government, continues to play a key role in party affairs and is said to have played an important role in seat-sharing negotiations with allies in Bihar contest.

Other important figures in the government also greeted Shah. “Known for his strong willpower and determination, my colleague in the Union cabinet Amit Shah is working relentlessly to strengthen the country’s internal security,” defence minister Rajnath Singh said.

Functionaries from other parties also wished him on his birthday. Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Singh Badal was among several members who extended greetings to the home minister.

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Indian missions collecting Sikh data, MEA calls it ‘reach out’ bid

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JALANDHAR: All Indian embassies and consulates across the world are seeking and collecting details of the Sikh diaspora in their areas, particularly in countries where the presence of Sikh community is substantial. This was revealed when an email from the office of the Consul-General of India in Hamburg, Germany, seeking details of the Sikh diaspora in the country became public.

However, MEA has claimed the collection of data was a “reach out effort worldwide” to help the Sikh community as there have been complaints of persecution of the Sikh minorities in some countries. Hamburg vice consul Gulshan Dhingra had on October 19 sent out an email from the official account linked to the CGI office, titled “Data of Sikh Diaspora residing in the 4 North German States.” As per the email, “The ministry is in the process of compiling the data of Sikh diaspora residing in Germany.”

The recipients of the email were urged to “compile a list with the names and addresses of Sikhs living in your area for onward transmission to the ministry” by October 21, 2020. Europe-based lawyer and activist Dr Manuvie made the email from office of Consulate General Of India, Hamburg, public on her Twitter handle on Tuesday. Later, Hamburg Consul General of India Madan Lal Raigar told TOI that the letter had been withdrawn.

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