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United Nations, Sep 20 (Canadian-Media): It was asserted by India's top envoy to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, India would soar high if Pakistan stooped low to raise the Kashmir issue at a high-level UN General Assembly session here next week, media reports said.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, was asked at a press conference here on Thursday, if he expected the Kashmir issue would be raised during the UN General Assembly session, and, if so, how will India tackle it.
It was vowed by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on September 27.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day.
"We are confident that we will soar. We have given you examples of how we will not stoop. We will soar when they stoop low," Akbaruddin said.
Akbaruddin had laid out the focus and priorities of Prime Minister Modi when he arrives for the 74th UN General Assembly session.
"What they want to do is their call. We've seen them mainstream terrorism in the past. And what you're now telling me is they may want to mainstream hate speech.
It's their call, if they want to do that. Poison pens don't work for too long," he said.
There was an escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5.
Pakistan reacted to India's move on Kashmir by downgrading diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.
(First published in India Blooms New Services)
Toronto, Sept 16 (Canadian-Media): A strike by nearly 49,000 United Auto Workers in the U.S. against General Motors(GM), risks shut down of GM Canada's plants and auto-parts makers in Ontario, media reports said.
General Motors. Image credit: Twitter handle
Due to the highly integrated North American auto industry with three assembly plants Ingersoll and Oshawa and an engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines here in Canada, the strike in U.S. can impact Canadian plants.
Islamabad, Sep 3 (Canadian-Media): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured to facilitate Sikh pilgrims visiting Sikh holy sites in the country by issuing multiple visas to them, media reports said.
Imran Khan. Image credit: Twitter handle
While addressing the first International Sikh convention, arranged by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar at the Governor House in Lahore on Monday, Khan added that he considers this as his responsibility and duty and not a favour.
The convention, which started on Saturday, was attended by Sikh delegates from the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.
Referring to the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, Khan said that any military action would not be initiated by Pakistan and added that he did not believe that war is not the real solution for problems.
But he said that he would continue to raise its voice for the Kashmiris, who have been under a "lockdown" for the past 28 days.
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New Delhi (India), Sept 1 (Canadian-Media): Appealing all Indians to protest against the abduction and conversion of a Sikh girl in Pakistan, Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistani jail from assault, on Sunday attacked PM Imran Khan and called him a 'liar'.
In a video message, she said people should not stop protesting until Imran Khan condemns the incident and tenders an apology to not just the Sikh community but also to India for the incident.
A daughter of a Sikh priest in Pakistan-Jagjit Kaur- was allegedly abducted, converted to Islam and then married to a Muslim man in Pakistan. The incident agitated people of the Sikh community across the globe.
"We should not keep quiet," she said.
"We should come out together and raise voices now," she said.
"Tomorrow in Sirsa, we are going to take out a protest march," she said and urged people to join it.
She asked why "Khan's friends" Gopal Singh Chawla and Gurpatwant Singh Pannu are silent and have not reacted to the forced conversion of the Sikh girl.
"I want to ask Chawla, Pannu and my brother Sidhu (Indian politician and ex-cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu) why did they not speak on the issue? Why did you not condemn the incident? Why did you vanish?" she asked.
In 2013, Kaur's brother Sarabjit Singh was on death row but was killed by inmates in a Pakistani jail, triggering widespread condemnation in India.
Meanwhile, India has raised concerns with Pakistan over the recent episode of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of two Sikh women in Pakistan.
India's Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said Indian people and civil societies have condemned the incidents.
"The civil society & the people of India have strongly condemned the recent deplorable incidents of forced abduction, conversion & marriage of two Sikh girls in Pakistan. We have reflected these strong concerns with Pakistan and have asked for immediate remedial action," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
The family members of Jagjit Kaur, who was allegedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, have rejected reports that their girl has returned home.
A family member (brother) was quoted as saying in a video that was shared by Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa: "Our sister has not returned home."
"These are wrong reports," he said.
He said no arrests have been made in the case so far.
"I appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief and Punjab Governor to ensure justice to us," he said.
Sirsa also highlighted the plight of one Payal Devi who had faced similar fate as Kaur.
First published in India Blooms News Services