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India, Brazil joint commission holds meet to deepen ties


New Delhi: The Joint commission of India and Brazil had a meeting on Thursday, during which the two sides had talks on deepening the political dialogue and review the bilateral ties.

Brazilian Minister of External Relations Mauro Vieira co-chaired the seventh Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, spokesperson of India’s external affairs ministry Vikas Swarup said at a media briefing.

Both ministers underscored the importance of the JCM mechanism in deepening political dialogue, reviewing bilateral ties and and exchanging views on regional and multilateral cooperation,

“The strategic partnership established in 2006 between India and Brazil has deepened with both countries cooperating closely in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa), G4, G20, BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) and the wider multilateral context of the United Nations,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the partnership is based on a common global vision, shared democratic values, and a commitment to foster economic growth and social inclusion for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

The ministers agreed that there should be a mechanism at a senior officer’s level to hold foreign office consultations, to take stock of the bilateral cooperation, regional and multilateral issues,

He said the two ministers reviewed economic and trade relations noting that there remained tremendous potential for further growth and diversification of bilateral trade.

“The trade figures show a total turnover for 2014 increasing by over 20 percent to $11,42 billion, India advancing from 12th to eighth among Brazil’s top trading partners,” the spokesperson said, adding, however, both the ministers noted that there was a unutilised potential which needs to be tapped.

Both the ministers also called for the early holding of the trade monitoring mechanism and functioning of CEO’s forum.

During the meeting, India expressed satisfaction with Brazilian investment in spheres such as Urban transportation, IT services and equipment, footwear, infrastructure, energy, and healthcare materials.

Conversely, the Brazilian side acknowledged that a significant number of Indian companies have invested in Brazil with over 50 having a physical presence in areas such as oil, renewable energy, mining, engineering, automotive services, infrastructure, information technology and pharmaceuticals,

India also apprised Brazil of the relaxed foreign direct investment (FDI) policies, “Make in India” initiative, and sought more investments from the South American nation.

The two sides also agreed to hold the next JCM in Brazil in 2017.

(Inputs from IANS)

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“If Jinnah is secular than Laden is the world’s best democrat”, Ahmar Mustikhan

The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother has garnered enough global attention.

Ahmar Mustikhan has come in for full support of Kulbhushan Yadav and his family
Ahmar Mustikhan has come in for full support of Kulbhushan Yadav and his family

NEW DELHI: In a recent Facebook video, Ahmar Mustikhan has communicated his views on the recent meeting of Kulbhushan Yadav with his wife Chetna and mother Avanti. Mustikhan is a renowned writer, analyst, and veteran Baloch journalist. He is also the founder of a non-profit organisation known as ’American Friends of Balochistan’. Through this organization, Mustikhan expresses his views on atrocities of Pakistani army been hammered on Baloch people.

Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court.. Wikileaks
Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. Wikileaks

Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother has garnered enough global attention due to the mental torcher experienced by both the ladies at the Pakistani foreign office. The cold-shouldered response from Pakistan’s side was fiercely condemned by the Indian people and called it a violation of the human rights of the women. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj even called it a “propaganda weapon” used by Pakistan.

MustiKhan in his video referred Pakistan as “Chapal Chor Pakistan” (Slipper thief Pakistan) because Pakistan’s foreign office had confiscated the slippers of Kulbhushan’s wife on the pretext of security concern. The women were even asked to remove their mangalsutra, bindi, and bangles for the same reason. Later on, Pakistani media didn’t let any stone unturned by harassing both the women and calling them murderer’s wife and mother.

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On this basis, Mustikhan viewed that a Hindu or an Indian can never get Justice from the hands of Pakistan. To support his views, he quoted a historic event of 1927 which is related to a Hindu Marwari merchant, Raj Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta. The merchant had built a very splendid mansion in the love of his ailing wife and named it ‘Mohatta Palace’ and was considered as the most beautiful residence of Karachi at that time. But Muhammad Ali Jinnah got his eyes on his house and forced him to vacate it. Soon, the house was taken over and turned into Pakistan’s first foreign office. After the capital was relocated to Islamabad from Karachi, the mansion was transferred to Jinnah’s sister, Fatima Jinnah. So, this was the case of the first foreign office of Pakistan, as stated by Ahmar Mustikhan.

According to MustiKhan, the Indian people who crib about Narendra Modi are directly supporting the views of Pakistani Generals and militants. These are the same army generals who have the blood of millions of innocent people on their hands.  When Modi was elected as the Prime Minister of India, some people called him as the “Butcher of Gujarat”. MustiKhan also denounces the view that Kulbhushan Yadav and Ajmal Kasab are similar offenders, as claimed by the Pakistani media. But he openly challenges the Pakistani government regarding any proof related to Yadav’s case, whereas Kasab’s heinous act was captured live on CCTV cameras. Here, MustiKhan openly exposes the double face strategy of Pakistan.

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MustiKhan even said, “If Jinnah is secular (as people says in Pakistan) than Laden is the best Democrat.” With his all these efforts, he is trying to make people aware of the war crimes against the people of Balochistan and has even requested the Indian people to support his cause of peace and harmony.