Government trying harder to put country on economic prosperity: Naveed 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar says the government is trying harder to put the country on right track of economic prosperity and development. Talking to media in Tando Muhammad Khan, he said the government is taking difficult decisions in the prevailing economic situation. The minister said electricity theft and default payment of utility bills are the factors contributing to inflation which affect people when they buy expensive goods and services.

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One woman raped every 16 minutes, while one gang-raped every 30 hours in India: Report 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):India celebrates National Women’s Day every year on February 13 but women are being harassed, molested, detained and terrorized every day and most of the cases including as serious as rape go unnoticed and unreported. India is the worst place in the world for a woman and is world’s leading country by Hindutva RSS-BJP as far as crime against women is concerned, said a report released by Kashmir Media Service, today. The report said women are usually considered second-class citizens while minorities including Muslims, Dalits and Christian women are highly mentally in depression and humiliated in India.

Indian capital New Delhi is one of the most unsafe cities for women in India as it has become the world’s rape capital while, Kolkata least among 19 Indian cities, the report said, deploring that crimes against women have been on the rise in India while rape is being used as a weapon of war in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The report said, as per India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), nearly 77 rape cases were reported across India on an average every day in 2020. The NCRB data shows, besides rape, there were 85,392 cases of assault to outrage modesty and 3,741 cases of attempt to commit rape. It said, NCRB report revealed number of rape cases stood at 28,046 in 2020, 32,033 in 2019, and 33,356 in 2018 and 32,559 in 2017.

In the state-wise analysis of rape cases for the last 10 years, India Today’s Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) found the 10 states – from UP to Rajasthan and Kerala to Madhya Pradesh – have reported more than two-thirds of the total cases in 2019. One woman is raped every 16 minutes, while one woman is gang-raped every 30 hours in India, it said. The report maintained that increasing rape cases in India was a challenge to the civilized world.

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We’ll go ahead with ‘Chalo Delhi’ call on Wednesday, vow Ladakh powerful bodies 

Jammu, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Notwithstanding the fascist Modi-led Indian government’s decision to replace its point man in Ladakh, the cold-desert region’s two main civil society groups, the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Leh Apex Body (LAB), have vowed to continue their agitation till fulfilment of their demands. The reaction came following the Indian government’s decision to appoint Brig. (Retd.) BD Mishra as new Lieutenant Governor (LG) for Ladakh in place of RK Mathur. As per reports, Mathur quietly left his office in Leh after saying goodbye to his staff on Saturday. The change of guard took place after the KDA and LAB decided to intensify their agitation for the realization of their demands.

In this regard, the two powerful bodies of Ladakh region have announced a protest in Delhi on February 15 (Wednesday). LAB senior leader, Cheering Dorjay Lakruk, in an interview to a Jammu-based newspaper, said, “We are not very enthusiastic about the change in Raj Niwas (Governor House in Leh). The Lieutenant Governor is nominee of the Indian Home Ministry. We will go ahead with our ‘Chalo Delhi’ call on February 15 where we will hold protest in support of our demands”.

He further said they are not expecting any major shift in the Indian government’s policy towards their demands with change of the Lieutenant Governor. KDA leader Nassir Munshi too said the ‘Chalo Delhi’ call stands as removal of the Lieutenant Governor was not their demand. “We want our issues to be addressed and till this is done, we will continue to agitate,” he added.

Notably, the people of Ladakh have been demanding several constitutional safeguards such as inclusion under Sixth Schedule of the Indian constitution that provides protection to tribal dominated areas, Statehood for Ladakh, two Lok Sabha seats and job opportunities for the locals.

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People urged through posters to foil Modi’s nefarious designs in IIOJK 

Srinagar, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, posters have appeared in Srinagar and different areas of the territory asking the people to observe complete shutdown on Wednesday. The posters were pasted on walls and electricity poles and circulated on social media including twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp groups by the activists of APHC and other organizations. Call for the strike has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference against the brutal acts and anti-Kashmir policies of the BJP regime to disempower the people of Jammu and Kashmir including eviction from their lands, resources and properties on one pretext and another.

The posters read, BJP regime’s land and property grab policy is meant to erase people of Jammu and Kashmir identity and its Muslim character besides being a blatant attempt to push settler non-Kashmiri in the territory. The posters urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to take a united stand to save the future of their generations. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to foil the nefarious designs of the Modi-led Indian regime to change the demographic composition of the territory.

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BJP-RSS nexus driving IIOJK youth to drug addiction: speakers

Srinagar, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, speakers have said that the BJP-RSS regime is destroying the lives of people by driving them to drug addiction through brutal policies and measures. The speakers, including Hurriyat leader Dr Musaib, Prof Umar, Muhammad Akash and Govid Singh Khalsa speaking at a function in Srinagar said the harassment, demolition, political injustice and of unemployment issues are driving the youth in Jammu and Kashmir to drug addiction as they are taking drugs out of frustration inflicted at the hands of the brutal Modi regime in the territory.

They also said the selective and targeted demolition drive is another contributing factor, which is meant to uproot the people of Jammu and Kashmir mostly Muslim families from their lands. They said arbitrary orders are issued by the Indian home ministry on weekly basis against the political and economic interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

They added that the Modi regime is destroying the houses, shops, business centers and properties of people in Jammu and Kashmir under the sinister agenda of settling outsiders in the territory. The speakers called upon the state subjects of Kashmir to launch a joint battle against the anti-Jammu and Kashmir forces.

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Indian police arrest two youth in Puwlama

Srinagar, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops arrested two youth in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The troops during a cordon and search operation arrested the youth in Litter area of the district. The troops claimed that the youth were activists of a mujahid organisation; however, locals said that the youth were ordinary citizens.

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World’s biggest democracy is jettisoning freedom and tolerance, says New York Times

New York, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Under Narendra Modi’s government, violence against Muslims in India has risen and is often unpunished, writes Lydia Polgreen in New York Times. The newspaper says that Modi government has enacted laws and policies that target Muslims, including changes to citizenship rules that disadvantage Muslims and revocation of the special status of Kashmir, a Muslim­ majority region contested by India and Pakistan.

“But it would be a mistake to think only Muslims are under threat in India. The government has systematically cracked down on all manner of free speech and dissent, increasing its emergency powers to block information it wants to keep from ll1e Indian people and making it easier to bold dissidents under murky anti-terrorism laws. An Indian journalist friend of mine, one of many who have left the country in despair over the past few years, put it this way: ‘It isn’t just an attack on Muslims. It is an attack on all Indians because it deprives us of ideas, thoughts, dreams and a rich life of the mind.”

“The Biden administration, like Apple and oilier big tech companies eager to work in India, seems more than willing to bury ll1e Gujarat riots and mostly turn a blind eye to rising anti-Muslim sentiment,” the US paper writes under the headline “The World’s Biggest Democracy is Jettisoning Freedom and Tolerance”. The newspaper further adds: “Last month, India ‘s vice president declared that he disagreed, sending shock waves through the political system and calling into question one of the bedrocks of Indian society: democracy guided by an immutable Constitution.

One of the most cherished goals of the Hindu nationalist movement has been the elimination of secularism in the Constitution, something it sees as a foreign, Western concept of Parliament, can change the Constitution in any way it wishes, India could very well slide further into autocratic majoritarian rule. “It seems likely that a furll1er emboldened Modi, bolstered by a third-term victory and the wind of history at his back, will seek to make fundamental changes to the structure of the Constitution and declare India a Hindu nation.” “Modi’ssupporters argue that it is no coincidence that India is reaching its zenith after eight years of muscular, Hindu-centric rule.

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