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Pakistan PM’s speech attempts to sharpen differences and stir up hatred, Indian envoy says

In a strong rebuttal to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India said he had engaged in “hate speech”.

“Unfortunately, what we heard today from Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan was a callous portrayal of the world in binary terms, ‘us’ versus ‘them’, rich versus poor, North versus South, developed versus developing, Muslims versus others,” First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Vidisha Maitra said on Friday night.

She was speaking during the minutes allocated to India for its right of reply.

“A script that fosters divisiveness at the United Nations, attempts to sharpen differences and stir up hatred is, simply put, ‘hate speech’,” Ms. Maitra said.

Mr. Khan, who addressed the General Assembly shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning, had warned of a likely “bloodbath” in Kashmir when India removes restrictions on the State, imposed after the revocation in early August of Article 370.

He had also outlined the linkages between the origins of RSS ideology and Nazism.

‘Industry of terrorism’

“Citizens of India do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf, least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate,” Ms. Maitra said.

Mr. Modi’s address, calling for a united fight against terrorism, made no reference to either Pakistan or Kashmir.

The hearing will begin on October 1

Restrictions back: A cyclist crossing a concertina wire fence in Srinagar on Saturday. Nissar Ahmad The Hindu

A five-judge Bench, led by Justice N.V. Ramana, is learnt to have been formed to start hearing from October 1 petitions challenging the reading down of Article 370 to strip Jammu & Kashmir of its special status and the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories. The other judges on the Bench are Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R. Subhash Reddy, B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant.

A Presidential Order on August 5 read down Article 370, which accorded special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu & Kashmir since 1954 in accordance with the Instrument of Accession.

The special status was bestowed on the State by incorporating Article 35A in the Constitution by an order of President Rajendra Prasad in 1954 on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet. Parliament had not been consulted.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has also given approval for the setting up of three other Special Benches, one of which will deal with death penalty cases. Their composition is not yet known. Justice Ramana is the third senior-most judge of the court.

A Delhi court on Saturday asked American multinational Apple Inc. to give it by October 9 the details of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s location on the day he allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl from Unnao.

The iPhone maker has sought two weeks to locate and access the requisite data, said lawyers. The counsel for Apple India told the court that they needed to seek instructions regarding availability of data because, as of now, it is not known whether the data is stored. The company counsel further said they were yet to take a decision on the format in which the data, if available, can be supplied to the court.

District judge Dharmesh Sharma, holding in-chamber proceedings, directed that the data be furnished with a certificate from the system analyst or the authorised person of the company. The woman was allegedly raped by Mr. Sengar on June 4, 2017.

They had a role in the killing of BJP leader, his brother

Jawans taking position during an encounter with militants at Batote.PTIPTI

Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and a jawan were killed at Batote in Jammu’s Ramban district along the Jammu-Kishtwar National Highway on Saturday after a nine-hour operation.

The terrorists were identified as Osama Javed and Zahid — both from Kishtwar — and Moin-ul-Islam, a resident of Shopian.

The trio belonged to the new Hizbul Mujahideen module activated by Jehangeer Saroori, a ‘commander’ active in the area for two decades.

The incident occurred early on Saturday when the trio were planning to leave the region. Javed and Zahid were allegedly involved in a spate of killings in Kishtwar, including the 2018 double murder of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit.

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a trailblazing Indian-American Sikh police officer, was shot and killed in an “ambush-style” attack in a “ruthless, cold-blooded way” in , Texas, a senior official said on Saturday.

Mr. Dhaliwal made national headlines in 2015 when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job.

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