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Islamabad: It is obvious the Shiv Sena terror is getting out of hand, a Pakistani daily has said, describing the party as a “monster” and calling upon India to act against it.

An editorial ‘Shiv Sena madness in The News International on Tuesday said the threat posed by “the hard-line right-wing Shiv Sena group seems to be growing into a monster that may prove very hard to control”.

“The main thrust of the attack appears to be directed against anyone opposed to their extremist Hindu ideology; Pakistan and Pakistanis seem to be the main targets.”

In the latest incident, award winning umpire Aleem Dar has been threatened by the Shiv Sena and asked to leave India. He is in the country to officiate for the ongoing home series being played by India against visiting South Africa.

The threats came soon after the Shiv Sena barged into office of the the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar in Mumbai to warn against the meeting between the visiting Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan and Manohar. The meeting in Mumbai has now been cancelled and will take place in New Delhi.

Jammu and Kashmir legislator Engineer Rashid has “again been attacked – this time with ink – over his stance on the beef ban issue. On October 7 he had been beaten up by BJP members in the assembly a day after he had reportedly hosted a ‘beef party’,” the daily said.

The editorial said it is obvious “the Shiv Sena terror is getting out of hand”.

“There have been repeated incidents over the past few months. Yes, the party has existed in the past and raised its ugly threats from time to time, but never with such force and venom. The fact that it is allied to the ruling BJP is of course a huge factor in the lack of government response to its extremist acts,” it added.

The daily went on to say that for the sake of India, “its image and the region, New Delhi needs to act. Already, we see a huge gap opening up as far as relations between Pakistan and India go. It is hard to see how these will be patched over at any time in the near future”.

“Relations are now more fragile than has been the case for years and through the actions of the Shiv Sena, we see how much hatred exists for Pakistan in a country that has always held high its secular and democratic values.”

What is even more disconcerting is that there has been little or muted reaction from international human rights organisations. We hope to hear more international concern in a situation that seems to be only becoming worse,” it added.

(IANS)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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