DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019, PUNE, LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 DECISION 2019 WON’T ACCEPT ANY PAK ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE WITH HURRIYAT: GOVT GovtboycottsPakNationalDay,PM sendsgreetingstopeopleofPakistan Govt security screens invites and invitees; China makes its presence felt Modi calls for ‘peaceful... region, in an atmosphere free of terror, violence’ NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 ON A day the NDA government decided to boycott the Pakistan National Day reception at its High Commission’s lawns, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan disclosed that he had received a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he said that it is time that people of the sub-continent “work togetherforademocratic,peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence”. Within hours of Pakistan’s National Day reception wrapping up, Khan tweeted: “I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebratePakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all E EXPLAINED SHUBHAJIT ROY SHUBHAJIT ROY ● Protest and protocol THE GOVERNMENT’S first ever boycott of Pakistan National Day along with its ban on JKLF sends a hard message on Kashmir to Pakistan. But by not departing from the tradition of sending greetings to Pakistan, the Prime Minister has kept the diplomatic door ajar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 Shareefa Jan’s son Atif was killed in Bandipora. Shuaib Masoodi 12-yr-old boy killed despite mother’s appeal to militants ADIL AKHZER HAJIN (BANDIPORA), MARCH 22 A12-YEAR-OLDboyheldhostage inBandiporaforaround24hours was killed Friday by militants before they were gunned down by security forces. While the boy’s uncle, who was also held hostage was rescued Thursday, policesaidmilitantsrefusedtolet the boy out despite pleas on loudspeakers by his family. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After Jamaat, Centre bans JKLF, cites separatism RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 JKLF chief Yasin Malik is lodged in Jammu jail WEEKS AFTER banning the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Centre FridayannouncedthattheYasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been banned as well for “promoting” secession of the militancy-hit state. The JKLF was banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after a high-level meetingon security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Declaring the JKLF an unlawful organisation, Union Home CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FIVE MINUTES to 8 pm, the Indian national anthem was played in the Pakistan High Commission lawns while the Tricolour fluttered along with Pakistan’s national flag. With no Indian government’s representative presentat the occasion, on stage were Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and wife Mahwish. In the crisp March eveningas a cool breeze swept through the lawns, the attendance was thinner than usual — the government’s security establishment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE MAINNAHIN CHOWKIDAR BY KANCHA ILAIAH SHEPHERD PAGE 8 DECISION 2019 INTERVIEW: NITIN GADKARI PAGE 7 Pitroda has questions on Balakot, PM says he kick-started Pak day EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 TECHNOCRAT-TURNEDCONGRESS politician Sam Pitroda was at the centre of a political row Friday after he sought “more facts” and proof of the death toll in the Balakot air strike and, while referring to the Mumbai 26/11 attack, said one cannot “jump on an entire nation... just because some peoplecamehereandattacked”. Prime Minister Narendra ModitoreintotheCongress,saying it was a “shame” that Rahul Gandhi’s “most trusted advisor and guide” had “kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces”. BJP president Amit Shah, in a tweet,said:“Differencebetween Opposition and BJP is clear. They EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MARCH 22 He sought ‘more facts’ on Balakot air strike. Raaj Dayal suspect our army, we are proud of our army.Their heartbeatsfor terrorists, ours beats for the Tiranga. This election, through the power of your vote, do a surgical strike on the Congress culture. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi” Union FinanceMinister Arun Jaitley, referring to Pitroda as “guru” of Rahul Gandhi, said: “Agar guru aisa ho aur uske CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Cong alleges payoffs by BSY to his leaders, BJP calls it a web of lies, poll desperation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 A ROW erupted Friday after the Congress, citing a report in the Caravan magazine, alleged that formerKarnatakaChief Minister BSYeddyurappahadpaidbribes to the tune of Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP leadership. Rejecting the charge,theBJPsaidtheCongress, fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha Sena names 21 candidates, drops MP who slapped AI staffer polls, was resorting to “falsehood, misrepresentation” and a “web of lies”. As Yedyurappa too denied the allegation, the Central Board of Direct Taxes issued a statementsayingtheentriesin“loose sheets prima facie appear to be of a doubtful nature and were givenbythepersonwhowasbeing raided for tax violations”. Congress communication CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE SHIV Sena on Friday announced 21 candidates from Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections,re-nominating17sitting MPs and dropping Osmanabad MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India staffer in 2017.However,thecandidatesfor PalgharandSataraseatsareyetto be announced. Among those in the list are UnionMinisterAnantGeetefrom Raigad; Arvind Sawant from Mumbai South; Rahul Shewale from Mumbai South Central; Gajanan Kirtikar from Mumbai North West; Rajan Vichare from Thane; Shrikant Shinde, son of Sena leader and Minister Eknath Shinde,fromKalyan;andVinayak RautfromRatnagiri-Sindhudurg. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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