DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 INDIA-PAK FACEOFF DayafterUNSCstatement,Pakistan movesagainstJaishfacilities,sortof Takes control of mosque, seminary complex in Jaish’s Bahawalpur centre SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 LESSTHAN24hoursaftertheUN Security Council’s condemnation statement of the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, thePakistangovernmentmoved in to take control of a mosqueand-seminary complex in Bahawalpur. This complex, said Dawn,isbelievedtobetheheadquarters of the banned Jaish-eMohammad (JeM). Pakistan’s Information Department (PID) tweeted on Friday: “The Government of Punjab has taken over the con- Jaish chief Masood Azhar trol of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-eMasjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur: Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FIRST LEADS: CAR WAS 2010-11 MODEL PAGE 3 Optics to lower the heat Jaish’s been banned by the UN since 2002 after the Parliament attack. India has given dossiers on the need to book Jaish. Friday’s action by Pak is more to lower the heat. What Delhi is waiting for is a visible and verifiable crackdown against Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar. How first time UN talked of attack in J&K: Delhi worked phones in DC and Beijing SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 THE UNITED Nations Security Council’s condemnation statement Thursday on the Pulwama terrorist attack is the very first time that a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has been condemned by the UNSC. For, the fact is that the UN considers Jammu and Kashmir “disputed territory”, and has not been able to come to a consensus on the definition of “terror- ism.” As a result, the UNSC has never been involved in past terrorist attacks in Kashmir. That’s why the statement was a major breakthrough and it came after frenetic diplomacy, withmorethanalittlehelpfrom Washington, sources have told The Indian Express. “In the UN community, one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. That debate has been at the heart of not being able to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 DISINCLINED TO forfeit the World Cup tie against Pakistan this June, the BCCI Friday was working to join the government’s efforts to isolate it the way South Africa was ostracised by the world for Apartheid. WithIndiaworkingtoisolate Pakistan in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama attack, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Friday wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) urging cricketing nations to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”. Whilesidesteppingdirectreferences to avoiding the June 16 Pakistangame,theCommitteeof Administrators(CoA)Chairman, Vinod Rai, spoke about Indian cricket board’s long-term game plan that, he thought, “reflected BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 8 WEST BENGAL BY UNNY I DON’T BELIEVE IN DESTRUCTIVE POLITICS: MAMATA PAGE 5 ‘FOR THE PEOPLE OF INDIA’ PM Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 on Friday. PTI REPORT,PAGE7 BJP ally in UP meets Congress, says free to choose own path NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 A MEETING between NDA ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Congress leaders in Uttar Pradesh on a possible alliance in the Lok Sabha elections has set off alarm bells in the ruling BJP, it is learnt. Hours after the meeting, BJP leaders reached out to the Apna Dal leadership to stop it from switchingsidesandassuredthat it would address pending issues. ApnaDal(S)patronandUnion MinisterAnupriyaPatelandparty workingpresidentAshishPatelrecently met Congress general sec- Anupriya Patel DECISION 2019 retary in-charge for western UP Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi immediately after the deadline the Apna Dal (S) had given the BJP ended on Wednesday. Rumblings within the NDA constituent began a few weeks ago after leaders claimed they were being ignored by the Centre and the BJP. Sources said BJP UP co-in charge Gordhan Zadaphia on Friday contacted Patelandassuredhimof ameeting soon to discuss all issues. Adayafterthedeadlinegiven to the BJP expired, Union minister Anupriya Patel said on Thursday in Bareilly, “We faced CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Early retirement: Haryana policy for ‘dead wood’ PAGE 1 ANCHOR VARINDER BHATIA CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 22 A GOVERNMENT employee whose integrity has been doubted in the last 10 years; at least 50 per cent of ACRs in the last decade should be “Good” or above; “personal files” in the service record of officers should be taken into consideration. Theseareamongthenewparameters the Haryana governmenthasdrawnupto“weedout the dead wood” and government officers with “doubtful integrity”. The government Illustration: C R Sasikumar intends to retire such officers prematurely in “public interest”. The detailed policy, which runs into 20 pages, has alarmed the rank and file of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers and thousands of other govern- THE SUPREME Court on Friday directedthechief secretariesand police chiefs of all states and Union Territories to take “prompt action” to prevent incidents of “assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregiousacts”againstKashmiris,including students, and other minorities in the wake of the Pulwama attack on February 14. Thebenchalsoissuednotices to the Centre and 10 states — Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, JammuandKashmir,Meghalaya, ment employees in the state. According to the new policy, officers of the age of 50 or above or who have completed 25 years of service can now be sent home, if their integrity is found doubtful or if they have become “inefficient”. To enact the new policy, the state government recently junked 49 “instructions” that were issued occasionally in this regard since 1955. In the last order on December 3, 2018, the state government has laid down fresh parameters to clarify doubts raised by Administrative Secretaries and heads of various departments in adopting the procedurestoprematurelyretire a government employee. Citing Supreme Court and High Court judgments over the last few years on premature retirement, the Haryana governmentdraftedthenewpolicythat was sent to all the concerned officers on February 5, for further necessary action. “A government employee whose integrity has been doubted during last 10 years of service will be retired prematurely.However,thedoubtfulintegrityduringtheperiodof service before last 10 years will be ignored”, says one of the parameters for premature retirement. In another one on annual confidential reports (ACRs), the policy says, “Service record of last10yearsshouldbetakeninto account and out of this 50 per cent of Annual Confidential Reports in case of retention beyond 50 years and 70 per cent of ACRsincaseof retentionbeyond 55 years or on completion of 25 years qualifying service, should be ‘Good’ or above.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK STATES SAY WILL ENSURE SAFETY, ASSURE ACTION DEOBAND: TWO KASHMIRIS HELD PAGE 3 Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra — and sought their reply. These are the states that havereportedincidentsof threat and violence against Kashmiris in the last one week. “The chief secretaries, direc- tors general of police of all the states and Union Territories including the commissioner of police, Delhi, are directed to take prompt and necessary action to prevent incidents of assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregious acts against the Kashmiris, including students enrolled with the institutions in the respondent states and union territories, and other minorities inthewakeof theterroristattack dated 14.2.2019,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan GogoiandJusticeSanjivKhanna. The court was hearing a petitionfiledbyadvocateTariqAdeeb, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Among J&K students targeted are PM scholarship recipients CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LALMANI VERMA BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 AT LEAST five of the institutes where Kashmiri students were targeted after the Pulwama attack are covered under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) — a merit-based programme that offers admission to students of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in colleges, institutes and universities across the country and pays for their tuition and board. And at least five of the Kashmiri students who have been expelled or suspended so far, for what complainants alleged were objectionable PULWAMA ANGER SELF-DESTRUCTIVE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, DEHRADUN, LUCKNOW, FEBRUARY 22 THE EDITORIAL PAGE thepresentdaysentimentof the nation”. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress onthematchagainstPakistan,he said,“Whyshouldweshootourselves in the foot by not playing? We should seek their (Pakistan) ouster and remove them from the cricketing committee.” “I look at it (the letter sent to the ICC) from the point of view that we are able to isolate Pakistan. Make it a cricket apartheidforPakistanontheterrorissue.Theideaistoworkhand in hand with the Indian government to isolate Pakistan in the cricketing community,” he said. Act against attacks on Kashmiris, minorities: SC RITIKA CHOPRA, KAVITA UPADHYAY & ASAD REHMAN Like South Africa, Pak should face cricket apartheid: Vinod Rai SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY & SANDEEP DWIVEDI `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM FROM PANIPAT TO ROORKEE GEETAENGINEERING COLLEGE,PANIPAT Demonstration by protesters from a neighbouring village on Feb 17-18 against Kashmiri students 14 PMSSS scholars currently enrolled MORADABADINSTITUTEOF TECHNOLOGY,MORADABAD PMSSS student suspended over Facebook post that was allegedly anti-national 4 PMSSS scholars currently enrolled (including suspended) BHARATINSTITUTEOF TECHNOLOGY,MEERUT PMSSS student suspended over social media post 5 PMSSS scholars currently enrolled (including suspended) SHREEGURUGOBIND SINGHTRICENTENARY UNIVERSITY,GURGAON Student rusticated over post on social media 4 PMSSS scholars currently enrolled QUANTUMUNIVERSITY, ROORKEE Seven Kashmiri students expelled under pressure from a mob 5 PMSSS scholars currently enrolled
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