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Pakistan coerced Kulbushan Jadhav to refuse case review, says India

India has rubbished Pakistan’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav who is imprisoned in that country has refused to initiate review petition and called it a farce.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also accused Pakistan of coercing Jadhav, a former navy officer who was sentenced to death, to refuse to file a review in his case.

“Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav, who is incarcerated in Pakistan’s custody, has refused to initiate review petition is a continuation of the farce that has been in play for the last four years. Jadhav has been sentenced to execution through a farcical trial. He remains under custody of Pakistan’s military. He has clearly been coerced to refuse to file a review in his case,” the MEA said.

It also underlined that New Delhi wants unimpeded access to Jadhav to discuss his remedies

“India sought unimpeded access to Jadhav to discuss his remedies under the Ordinance. In a brazen attempt to scuttle even the inadequate remedy under the Ordinance, Pakistan has obviously coerced Jadhav to forego his rights to seek an implementation of the judgment of the ICJ (International Court of Justice).”

In May 2017, New Delhi petitioned the ICJ, which stayed Jadhav’s execution. In its ruling in July 2019, the ICJ said its stay of the death sentence should continue. Pakistan claims Jadhav is an Indian spy.

The MEA said Pakistan statement on Wednesday seeks to mask its continuing reticence to implement ICJ judgment.

“We have been pursuing through diplomatic channels full and effective implementation of the ICJ judgment in the case of Kulbushan Jadhav. The media statement made by Pakistan today in the case seeks to mask its continuing reticence to implement ICJ judgment in letter and spirit.”

The MEA said Pakistan passed an Ordinance in May this year to allow for the High Court to review the sentence awarded by their military court.

“They have all along maintained that their laws allowed for effective review and reconsideration while we have protested it all along. Now, after almost a year, they have made a u-turn and issued an Ordinance to ostensibly provide for some sort of review. We have already expressed our serious concerns at the content of the Ordinance and how it violates the ICJ judgment. Pakistan is only seeking to create an illusion of remedy,” it said.

The MEA said despite India’s repeated requests, Pakistan continues to deny free and unimpeded access to Jadhav.

“India has repeatedly asked to allow a lawyer from outside Pakistan to appear for Jadhav in any review and reconsideration proceedings. Pakistan has denied it. Since 2017, when the Military Court carried out a farcical trial, Pakistan has refused to hand over any relevant document, including FIR, evidence, court order, etc in the case to India. Clearly, Pakistan is attempting to create a mirage of compliance with the ICJ judgment,” the statement said.

It said India will exercise all options to secure Jadhav’s release.

“ICJ has already held that Pakistan is in egregious violation of international law. Government will do its utmost to protect Jadhav and ensure his safe return to India. To that end, it would consider all appropriate options.”

Source : Hindustan Times

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China’s pullback in Ladakh’s Pangong Finger Area to test disengagement

With disengagement between the Indian and Chinese armies making measurable progress in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra, the focus of reducing tensions in eastern Ladakh has shifted to the sensitive Finger Area near Pangong Tso, where the Indian Army has observed a marginal thinning of troops, vehicles and removal of structures from a key spur over the last 24 hours, people familiar with the developments said on Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Some Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) elements have retreated from Finger 4 but it can’t by any stretch be seen as disengagement, said one of the officials cited above. The Finger Area refers to a set of eight cliffs jutting out of the Sirijap range overlooking Pangong lake.

Before the PLA grabbed positions on Finger Four overlooking Indian deployments, the army would patrol right up to Finger Eight that New Delhi considers within Indian territory. The new positions held by the PLA have curtailed the scope of Indian patrols. Fingers Four and Eight are 8 km apart.

“The Finger Area will now be at the centre of the step-wise disengagement process, which is underway at friction points in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra. Temporary buffer zones between rival troops have been created there. The Finger Area will be the hardest part of disengagement,” said a second official.

The Indian claim line in this sector extends to Finger Eight, while the Chinese claim is up to Finger Four where the PLA has set up permanent bunkers, pillboxes, observation posts and tented camps over the last two months.

The army has begun a rigorous verification process to monitor the withdrawal of the PLA from Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra, where 4 km buffer zones between troops have come up, as reported by Hindustan Times on Wednesday.

While the PLA has withdrawn up to 2 km from Patrolling Point 14 (Galwan Valley) and PP-15 (Hot Springs) over the last three days, a similar retreat is expected to be completed at PP-17 (Gogra) within a 24-hour time frame (Thursday), said a third official. The Indian Army is pulling back proportionately in these areas. This is based on an understanding on June 30 by top Indian and Chinese commanders on a phased de-escalation of the ongoing border conflict.

Military experts said the Finger Area will test the disengagement process.

“Disengagement appears to be making reasonable progress in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra. The Finger Area will now be the focal point of the disengagement process and will be a true test of China’s commitment and sincerity to resolve the situation,” said former army vice chief Lieutenant General AS Lamba (retd).

The disengagement effort involves rival troops pulling back a specified distance from face-off sites, with further retreat taking place in phases as the complex plan progresses on a verifiable basis on the ground every 72 hours by both sides. It also entails the phased withdrawal of weapons and equipment to a mutually agreed distance, and finally the restoration of status quo ante (the situation as it existed in early April).

The army is keeping a close watch on the ongoing pull back by the PLA. The creation of buffer zones will temporarily restrict the patrolling activities of both armies in the region. While some experts saw this as a necessary step, others cautioned that the temporary curtailing of patrolling rights should not become a long-term feature undermining Indian presence and control, as reported by HT on Wednesday.

Disengagement during a 2014 border standoff at Chumar in Ladakh involved a temporary ban on Indian and Chinese soldiers patrolling disputed areas.

The army is keeping a strict vigil along the contested border in the Depsang sector where a 2013 Chinese intrusion blocked the access of Indian soldiers to several patrolling routes, including the ones leading to PPs-10, 11, 11A, 12 and 13.

The military buildup in Indian and Chinese depth areas hasn’t thinned, with both sides keeping their guard up. The deployment of thousands of soldiers, fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, artillery guns, missile systems and air defence weapons continues in the region.

The disengagement process, a precursor to any kind of de-escalation of the border conflict, started under the terms mutually agreed to at the June 30 meeting between delegations led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang military region.

This understanding, in turn, was the result of earlier efforts not paying dividends.

It also followed a two-hour video conference between India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, according to official statements by both countries on Monday.

A limited military disengagement in the same friction areas — Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra — was initiated last month after the commanders reached an understanding on reducing tensions during their first meeting on June 6. But the Galwan Valley skirmish on June 15 dashed disengagement hopes. The clash left 20 Indian and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers dead.

The corps commander-ranked officers then met on June 22 when they hammered out a consensus on disengaging from friction points. However, it neither enabled any disengagement on the ground nor led to the thinning of the military build-up, leading to their third meeting on June 30.

At the June 30 meeting, the Indian side reiterated its demand for the pullback of Chinese troops from friction points along the LAC and sought the restoration of status quo ante in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang plains, apart from emphasising the need for thinning the military buildup in the region.

The first part of this process is underway at the moment.

Source : Hindustan Times

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Incredibly aggressive action, says Mike Pompeo on China’s moves in Ladakh

China’s “incredibly aggressive action” along the border with India should not be seen in isolation but in a larger context where Xi Jinping’s Chinese communist party is engaging in an increasing revisionist effort with its neighbours, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. Pompeo added he was confident that the world will come to understand the threat that is presented by Xi Jinping’s party and will come together to respond in a way that is “powerful and important”.

“I have spoken with (foreign) minister S Jaishankar a number of times about this. The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action and the Indians have done their best to respond to that,” Pompeo said in response to the question on the Chinese efforts to expand its territory that led to the two-month-long stand-off between soldiers of India and China.

China’s People’s Liberation Army has started scaling down its presence along the Line of Actual Control as part of a de-escalation process agreed between the two countries but insisted that it was India that had crossed the line.

“There aren’t many neighbours that can satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and the Chinese community party will respect that sovereignty. That is certainly true now for the people of Bhutan as well”

“I put this in the context of general secretary Xi Jinping and his behaviour throughout the region and indeed, throughout the world. I don’t think it is possible to look at that particular instance, Chinese Communist Party’s aggression in isolation. I think you need to put it in the larger context,” Pompeo said.

The US secretary of state referred to the large number of boundary and maritime disputes that China had opened with its neighbours. “I think it is unequaled any place in the world,” he said.

“There aren’t many neighbours that can satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and the Chinese community party will respect that sovereignty. That is certainly true now for the people of Bhutan as well,” he said.

China stunned Thimphu last month when it objected to a grant request for the 650-sq km Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in eastern Bhutan’s Trashigang district at a meeting of the Washington-based Global Environment Facility. Beijing reasoned that the sanctuary, which Bhutan always considered as its easternmost part, was Chinese territory.

When Hindustan Times reached out to the Chinese foreign ministry for a clarification, Beijing said the China-Bhutan boundary had never been delimited and there were disputes “over the eastern, central and western sections for a long time”.

“This is what the world must come together to respond to. This increasing revisionist effort that the Chinese communist party is engaged in, something that President Trump has taken incredibly seriously,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo said the United States had attempted to communicate to the Chinese leadership that “we are serious about this. “When I say we, it is not just the United States but we will shortly start a dialogue with the EU (European Union) friends on how we collectively can respond to this challenge from the Chinese communist party,” he said.

“I think what has happened with this spread of virus from Wuhan China, I think the world has seen the true colours of the Chinese communist party and I am convinced now than ever before that the free peoples of the world will come to understand the threat that is presented, not only internally, inside of China, but the impact that general secretary Xi has on the world is not good… and the world will come together to respond in a way that is powerful and important and will preserve sovereign nations operating under the rule of law and the way we have all become accustomed to, and benefits people all across the world,” he said.

Source : Hindustan Times

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‘Kuwaiti eggs production reaches 1 bln, consumed by local market’

Agricultural expert Mohammad Al-Fureih affirmed that the production of the egg production companies in Kuwait reaches one billion annually, and all quantities produced are consumed, because citizens and expatriates prefer local eggs over the other types, reports Al-Qabas daily. In a statement to the daily,

Al-Fureih explained that Kuwaiti eggs are better and preferred over other types of eggs, so the huge quantities produced are all sold and dispensed quickly without storing them for longer periods due to lack of storage facilities in some establishments.

On the impact of the coronavirus pandemic crisis on the local egg market, Al-Fureih noted the effect is minimal. He explained the general consumption level is normal with the exception of a slight drop in purchase caused by the number of people exiting the country, noting Kuwaiti eggs are exported to other markets in the neighboring Gulf countries, and Iraq.

He added: The local producers allocated farms for exporting eggs due to the large demand witnessed before the coronavirus crisis, noting those farms do not cover the local markets. He pointed out that Gulf countries recently resorted to importing eggs from Turkey, Hungary and Ukraine for various reasons, and Kuwait is one of the top countries that consume chicken, with share per capita of 45 kilograms or 160,000 tons, in both frozen and fresh chicken, if the population is estimated to be 4 million.

He indicated the annual chicken production reaches 35 million, at rates ranging between 10 and 20 thousand chickens per day, distributed throughout the year. On the reasons for the increasing local consumption rate, Al-Fureih explained it has more to do with lack of pork consumption which is the same in other countries, in addition to low demand for beef, lack of fish quantities in the markets, and demand for mutton.

Al-Fureih pointed to the possibility of the State covering the demand of broiler chicken production following a specific policy initiated some time ago through the distribution of 100 farms in the Shaqaya area.

He stressed that 20 farms have been distributed so far to one of the companies, and 80 will be distributed later. He stated the importance of granting 10 farms to each production company and ensuring the production requirements are met, saying he prefers a chicken that weighs one kilogram to the one weighing less than a kilogram.

Source : Arab Times

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Kuwaiti residents of Fahaheel “Protect us from influx of bachelors”

Kuwaiti residents of Fahaheel area, specifically those residing in Block 4, say they suffer from a number of challenges that need to be addressed and solved by the concerned authorities such as the influx of bachelors, and dilapidated roads that need maintenance, especially the road parallel to the Fahaheel Expressway.

Via the daily, the citizens called upon the relevant committee, which was formed to deal with the phenomenon of bachelors living in private residential areas, to step up its efforts. They also called upon the Ministry of Public Works to repair the three-km stretch of road parallel to Fahaheel Expressway in Block 4 as this road has many potholes and even nails, and to solve the traffic problems experienced in the area.

The citizens also called upon the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) to utilize the desert area opposite the health clinic adjacent to the Fahaheel Highway and transform it into a park in order for it to become an outlet for the residents of the area.

They complained that their area has a small public park located in Block 10. They also appealed to the Ministry of Social Affairs to move the area’s cooperative society branch in Block 4 to another location, as the cooperative society is adjacent to a mosque that is currently under construction near the main road, and to transform the place into a parking lot for the mosque.

In addition, the citizens urged the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to renovate the Tariq Bin Ziyad Mosque after making the necessary expansions to it. The citizens said, “They had previously addressed the ministers of the concerned authorities about these demands but without success”, adding, “If these simple demands are implemented, the situation in the residential area can change to a much better extent.” (Al-Rai)

Source : Arab Times

Kuwait Local News

Panel to go ahead with report on plan to reduce number of expats

The parliamentary Human Resources Development Committee intends to go ahead in preparing its report on the demographic imbalance and reducing the number of expatriates entering the country as it noticed the lack of seriousness on the part of the government, which has been late in responding despite its promise to submit its own vision and response to the proposals quoting parliamentary sources.

People under total lockdown in Farwaniya area, stand in queues to collect food parcels, being distributed by charity organizations on Tuesday.

Sources said the committee gave the government two weeks to submit its response to proposals regarding the demographic imbalance, but the government did not send anything.

Sources disclosed the concerned public institutions asked the committee to give them an unlimited period under the pretext that they need more time to prepare the required data, prompting the committee to hold a meeting without inviting the government and then submit its report to the National Assembly for voting.

In the same context, Human Resources Development Committee Chairman MP Khalil Al-Saleh affirmed that the committee gave the decision-makers enough time to fix the demographic imbalance. “We were surprised as they were not ready to present their reports on the population structure,” he added. He pointed out the government formed the National Committee five years ago to address the demographic structure issue but it has not achieved anything so far. He asked: “How did the number of expatriates who hold intermediate certificates and below reach 800,000?”

Source : Arab Times

Kuwait Local News

Digital civil ID card to identify people and complete transactions approved

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh has approved the digital civil ID card in identifying people and completing transactions.

The text of the decision stipulates that: After reviewing Law No. 32 of 1982 in the matter of civil information system, Law No. 20 of 2014 concerning electronic transactions and its executive regulations, Law No. 63 of 2015 on combating IT crime, the Authority’s Board of Directors Decision No. 2 of 2009 regarding re-issuance of a Civil ID card with electronic chip for Kuwaitis, the Authority’s Board of Directors Decision No. 1 of 2012 concerning Civil ID card provided with electronic chip for non-Kuwaitis, and upon the necessity of work interest, the following has been decided;

Article One: The digital card issued through the Kuwait mobile ID application system will determine the identity of an individual in all governmental and non-governmental transactions.

Article Two: Kuwait mobile ID (My ID) application provides secure access to governmental and non-governmental services electronically, with electronic signature for paper documents and electronic documents.

Article Three: The expired civil ID card must be renewed, in order to activate the services available under the Kuwait mobile ID application.

Article Four: This decision shall be enforced from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette, and competent authorities should implement it within their jurisdiction.

Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior for Operations and Traffic Affairs Major General Jamal Al-Sayegh requested the Ministry of Commerce to notify the decoration shops that shading of vehicles violates the law and it’s inadmissible.

The letter directed to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce for Companies and Licenses reads: “It has come to our notice that most decoration shops shade car windows in violation of the Traffic Law and its executive regulations, as Article 46 bis states that ‘Shaded glass’ is allowed to be installed for all types of vehicles, provided that the degree of shading does not exceed 30 percent of the transparency of the glass or transparent chips, or both of them for all windows except for the windshield (opposite the driver), which must be transparent and safe according to the Gulf standard specifications and it is prohibited to install reflective lights.”

Please work on holding accountable all shops that aim primarily at financial profit without observing the rules and regulations of the General Traffic Department.

Source : Arab Times

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593 recover from coronavirus in Kuwait, tally 42,108

The Ministry of Health stated that 593 people recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 42,108.

The ministry added, in a statement to KUNA, that the recoveries’ number was based on medical tests, which proved that the patients were now virus-free.(KUNA)

Source : Arab Times

Kuwait Local News

Indian disappears with Kuwaitis money

Police are looking for an Indian for betraying the trust. According to a complaint filed by a Kuwaiti with the Wafra Police Station, he gave the Indian KD 250 to pay for fodder which he had purchased but the suspect is said to have escaped with the money and switched off his cell phone.

Source : Arab Times

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Indian driver commits suicide in Sabah Al-Salem

A domestic helper working as a driver committed suicide by hanging today in Sabah Al-Salem.

Ministry of Interior operations received a call from a Kuwaiti citizen that he found his driver hanged himself in his room with a rope. After the security men and paramedics reached the the house it was found that his nationality was Indian and had committed suicide.

The authorities were informed after the examination, Al Rai also reported that the prosecutor ordered that the body be removed.

Source : Arab Times