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Pakistan      Five militants and a soldier killed in FATA
Pakistan      DIG among three Policemen killed in a suicide attack in Balochistan
India      Policeman shot at and injured in Jammu and Kashmir
India      Pakistan violates CFA in Jammu and Kashmir
India      Maoist explosives recovered in Chhattisgarh
India      Five militants arrested in Meghalaya
India      Indian origin woman among three persons arrested for supporting IS in Singapore
India      Trial in first IS-related case in Kerala begins
India      NIA questions two suspected IS sympathisers in Tamil Nadu
Sri Lanka      No war hero will be subject to foreign tribunals, says President Maithripala Sirisena
Bangladesh      Militants are trying to reorganize, says IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque
India      Nothing wrong in raising demand for Khalistan, says SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar
India      Draft MoS between HPC-D and Mizoram Government approved by apex Hmar body
Nepal      CPN-Maoist Center expels rival candidates

Nothing wrong in raising demand for Khalistan, says SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Kirpal Singh Badungar on November 9 said that “as per a Supreme Court [SC] ruling, there is nothing wrong in raising the demand for Khalistan”, a separate Sikh nation, and that “it is neither unconstitutional nor an offence”, reports Hindustan Times. He was talking to mediapersons in Amritsar in Punjab at Guru Ramdas Medical College where he attended a function along with Punjab’s Health Minister Brahm Mohindra. Badungar was replying to a question related to election of a Sikh as Mayor of Hoboken city in the United States (US) and reacting to alleged ‘labels such as terrorists and Khalistani attached with Sikhs.’

He was apparently referring to the SC verdict in a case about two men having shouted some slogans in Chandigarh after assassination of Indira Gandhi in Delhi in 1984. The court had held that mere shouting of slogans did not amount to sedition unless there was incitement to violence. When specifically asked to comment on some Sikh leaders living abroad being termed ‘Khalistanis’, he referred to movements going on in other parts of the world: “Irish people have been fighting against England. Similarly, we can consider the conflict between South Korea and North Korea. The conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims in as many as 37 countries is another instance... This is not only an issue about Sikhs, but also of others.”

Meanwhile, the Punjab Police identified the fourth accused of the terror module as Ramandeep Singh, the sharp-shooter seen in CCTV footages with covered face on a motorcycle, reports Hindustan Times on November 9. Sources said Ramandeep had revealed the name of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo during his interrogation, following which the Moga Police brought him from the Nabha jail on a production warrant. After bursting the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) terror module, the Police on November 9 claimed to have solved seven out of the eight cases of targeted killings in the State. The other three were Jimmy Singh of Jammu, Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, a UK national, and Dharmender alias Gugni, an infamous gangster from Meharban village of Ludhiana.

In the meantime, the Moga Police produced Mintoo and the four accused before the duty magistrate in Baghapurana and procured their custody for five days.






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