With Pakistan claiming to arrest a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent in Balochistan province, Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur on Saturday said she just feared if Islamabad was not trying to create another Sarabjit.Dalbir, who today met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the issue of Indians imprisoned in Pakistan jails, said that it was nothing new with Pakistan making bogus claims of arresting an innocent person and calling him a spy.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”What else we can expect from Pakistan. They have been arresting innocent Indians who have accidently, by mistake, have landed a foot in their territory. We can only expect that they would call that person as a RAW agent,” she told ANI.”Every time, the India Government provides them with the evidences, they say that they are not enough. The intention of the Pakistan Government is not right towards the Indians. I am just worried whether they are not trying to create another Sarabjit,” she added.Dalbir further called on the Indian Government to take firm and immediate steps to bring that person back to the country.Sarabjit Singh, who was alleged to be Manjit Singh by Pakistan, was an Indian national convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court in 2003. He was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990.The Pakistan security forces earlier this week arrested a man during a raid in Balochistan province who, according to them, is ‘a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to RAW.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier said that Indian Government has no link with the arrested individual, adding that New Delhi has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country.MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the matter was raised today by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.”The said individual has no link with Government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy,” Swarup said. A Pakistan security official earlier told Dawn that the arrested individual had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation, as he was suspected of involvement in various acts of terrorism and other dissident activities in Balochistan.
India’s top leadership should speak more forcefully against “extremist rhetoric”, a top official of a US commission on religious freedom said as she termed denial of visa by India to members of the independent body as a “tremendous missed opportunity”.”This (India) is the world’s largest democratic country of 1.25 billion people. The fact that they should somewhat be defensive about permitting commissioners and professionals from US Commission looking into protection of vital human rights, reveals weakness and not strength in my view,” Katrina Lantos-Swett, commissioner of US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I find it somewhat incomprehensible and a tremendous missed opportunity on the part of India,” said Lantos-Swett, who was scheduled to travel to India last week leading a USCIRF delegation along with other members.This is the third time after 2001 and 2009 – that India has failed to issue visas to the members of USCIRF, she said, adding that India is a great society and one of the most significant countries in the world.”One would hope that a democratic and pluralistic society like India would welcome a visit from the commission,” she said, adding that the decision taken by the Indian Government is defensive. “Pluralistic, incredibly diversified with huge challenges. We strongly feel that India would be strengthened in meeting these challenges if it could do a better job that it is currently doing by robustly protecting this fundamental human rights of religious consciousness and belief,” she said.Lantos-Swett said there are some “very problematic laws” in some of the Indian states, and the issue of communal violence directed at religious minorities is a huge concern.”We would welcome and would be delighted to see top leadership speaking out more forcefully, more unequivocally, more frequently about the unacceptability of the extremist rhetoric, let alone extremist actions, about the importance of religious freedom and tolerance and doing what could be done to speed up the wheels of justice and accountability for acts of violence against religious minorities,” Lantos-Swett said.USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government commission with commissioners appointed by the US President and the leaders in both Houses of Congress.
Suspected terrorists belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) fraction shot down a teacher at Aimol village in Manipur’s Chandel district on Monday. According to initial reports, the terrorists resorted to heavy firing post the incident. The situation is said to be tense in the area. The government had on September 16 last year declared the NSCN-K, responsible for explosions, ambushes and bombings, as an unlawful organisation for a period of five years. The NSCN was formed on January 31, 1980, by Isak Chisi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang opposing the ‘Shillong Accord’ signed by the then NNC (Naga National Council) with the Indian Government. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, differences surfaced within the outfit over the issue of commencing a dialogue process with the Indian Government and on April 30, 1988, the NSCN split into two factions, namely the NSCN-K led by SS Khaplang, and the NSCN-IM, led by Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah.