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U.N. Human Rights Chief calls for International Probe in Kashmir

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Protestors in Kashmir hurl stones and pellets at authorities during the unrest.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — As the unrest in Kashmir is now approaching the 70-day mark, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that an international probe was “needed crucially” in the state in northern India.

India has responded to the comments, calling the violence “choreographed from across the border.”

Indian officials also called into question the reference to areas which they co-administer with Pakistan, stating that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, Hussein said he had requested India and Pakistan to allow teams from his office to visit both sides of the Line of Control – “in other words the India-Administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir.”

Hussein added that he’s received reports of “excessive” force used against civilians on the Indian side and also of “conflicting narratives from the two sides” about the unrest, that has seen over 80 deaths so far.

“I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides,” he said, adding that while Pakistan have formally granted his request to visit their side, India have yet to respond to his request to merge the trip with both nations.

“More would be gained if primacy were accorded to cooperation over confrontation,” India said in its response.

Additionally, India sharply rebutted the UN Human Rights chief’s reference to India and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It said the whole State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and “Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory. The two cannot and should not be equated.”

“The neutrality of the phrase ‘Indian Administered Kashmir’ is, therefore, artificial,” it said.

The unrest “has been choreographed from across our border since the death of a known terrorist belonging to an internationally proscribed terrorist organization,” India’s statement added. “High Commissioner’s proposed Change Initiative requires more clarity,” India’s statement also read.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

With this large student-run India-focused conference taking place this weekend, the host city of Cambridge, Massachusetts became the second town in America to pass a resolution asking India to repeal the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and stop the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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Accused Mumbai terror ‘mastermind’ gets 5 year sentence

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Diya TV)  — A Pakistani court sentenced the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the regions most notorious militant groups, Hafiz Saeed, to five and a half years’ prison in a case related to terrorism financing.

Saeed also stands accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, a charge he denies. 

Saeed faces six additional anti-terrorism charges. 

His conviction comes days before Pakistan faces a possible blacklisting by the International Community for harboring terrorism and criminal financing that could isolate Pakistan’s economy from the international banking system.

The Indian Consulate in San Francisco & TiE Silicon Valley welcomed a delegation from the Indian State of Chhattisgarh, led by their Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. We go in depth with the Chief Minister about why he felt it was important to tell Indian Americans about investment opportunities in his State and how it compares with other Indian states looking for the same support.

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Sri Srinivasan becomes Chief Judge of D.C. Circuit Court

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Judge Sri Srinivasan is now the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is regarded as the second most powerful court in America outside of the Supreme Court. He replaces Merrick Garland, who at 65 years old by rule, can no longer hold that position. The 52 year old Srinivasan becomes the first Asian American ever to serve as chief judge for a circuit court in the United States.

Manga Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) announced she is running for Congress as a Republican, vying for the 11th Congressional District in Virginia, a seat that’s long been a Democratic stronghold. Anantatmula (“Aa-nanta-moola”) is a federal government defense contractor, who is known for battling discrimination of Indian Americans by Ivy League schools, claiming 25% more Indian American students were admitted in 2019 as a result of her efforts.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi won a resounding 62 out of 70 seats in local Legislative Assembly elections, securing another term in office for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal. While the BJP won eight seats, five more than the last election in 2015, the AAP win is seen as a rejection by many analysts of Prime Minister Modi’s policies in the city where he resides. The Congress Party, which ruled Delhi government from 1998 to 2013, failed to win even one seat.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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