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New Delhi: The UNSC reforms, terrorism and capacity building across various sectors were among the issues that figured in 12 bilateral meets that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had on Wednesday during the India-Africa Forum Summit.

On the third day (Wednesday), of the ongoing 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) here Sushma Swaraj met her counterpart Samura M.W. Kamura of Sierra Leone, Jean Claude Gkosso of Congo, Kane Achalou Boulama of Niger, Mouasa Bedializoun Nebie of Burkina Faso, Natumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah of Namibia, Robert Dussey of Togo, Manuel Dos Ramos of Sao Tome and Principe, Sylvester Grigsby of Liberia, Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal, Lounceny Fall of Guinea, Ibrahim Ahmed Abdelaziz Ghandour of Sudan, and African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

“In the meetings with her (Sushma Swaraj’s) counterparts from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the Ebola virus, we reiterated our sympathies and solidarity with the people and the governments of the three countries,” Sanjiv Kohli, joint secretary (West Africa) in the ministry of external affairs, said in a media briefing.

He said the foreign ministers of these three countries thanked Sushma Swaraj for the assistance that India had given to fight the epidemic both at the bilateral level and through the UN.

“At the bilateral level, we gave medical supplies directly to these three countries and cash assistance to the UN trust fund. The total (amount of help) was $12.65 million, which we had committed,” Kohli said.

Sierra Leone’s foreign minister also sought permission to open a diplomatic mission in India.

“Sierra Leone is also the chair of C-10, the African Union (AU) group that coordinates on UNSC reforms,” Kohli said.

Kamura briefed Sushma Swaraj on the C-10’s meetings with various other groups.

“He also said that C-10 as a group would probably meet in December before the AU summit in January next year,” Kohli said.

Niger sought India’s assistance in defense capacity building.

“The foreign minister of Niger briefed the external affairs minister on the threats to the region from various militant groups, in particular the Boko Haram,” Kohli said.

“She (Kane Achalou Boulama) wanted India’s assistance in capacity building for their defense forces and we responded positively.”

Apart from defense, the African foreign ministers sought India’s assistance in capacity building in other sectors like agriculture, information technology and communication, small and medium enterprises, teachers’ training, energy and water.

The countries also sought different lines of credit from India for a variety of projects.

Senegal, with which India has a trade to the tune of nearly $1 billion, sought New Delhi’s help in setting up a railway network.

“Special praise was made by the Liberian side of all the women Indian CRPF contingent, which continued to stay out there at the peak of the Ebola outbreak,” Kohli said.

According to him, Liberia’s Sylvester Grigsby told Sushma Swaraj that the Indian women security personnel inspired many Liberian women to join the police and defense forces in that country.

With the western African nation of Togo, India raised the issue of five Indian nationals detained in connection with an alleged piracy case and sought their early release.

AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was accompanied by two other commissioners of the African Union at the meeting.

“External affairs minister thanked them for their support in holding the third IAFS here,” Kohli said.

(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.

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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.