US and Taliban sign historic peace deal

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Doha (Qatar): After decades of hostility and mistrust, the United States and Taliban on Saturday signed a historic agreement here to pave the way for return of the US forces from Afghanistan.

The Indian Foreign Secretary attended the signing ceremony at Sheraton Hotel here.

Michael R Pompeo

On this occasion, US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo said: “We will closely watch the Taliban’s compliance with their commitments and calibrate the pace of our withdrawal to their actions. This is how we will ensure that Afghanistan never again serves as a base for international terrorists.”

Pompeo further said:”The Afghan people have rejoiced. They are moving freely about the country to visit family and friends. They’re trading. They’re even dancing in the streets. But we’re just at the beginning. Furthering the cause of peace will require serious work and sacrifice by all sides – the United States, the coalition, the Taliban, the Afghan Government, other Afghan leaders, and the Afghan people themselves – to maintain the momentum needed to reach a comprehensive, inclusive, and durable peace.

This agreement will mean nothing, and today’s good feelings will not last, if we don’t take concrete actions on commitments and promises that have been made. When it comes down to it, the future of Afghanistan is for Afghans to determine. The U.S.-Taliban deal creates the conditions for Afghans to do just that.”

According to the US Secretary of State the agreement with Talibal became a reality when the Taliban signaled interest in pursuing peace and ending their relationship with al-Qaida and other foreign terrorist groups. They also recognized that military victory was impossible.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Pompeo went on to add the Afghan people have rejoiced. They are moving freely about the country to visit family and friends. They’re trading. They’re even dancing in the streets. But we’re just at the beginning. Furthering the cause of peace will require serious work and sacrifice by all sides – the United States, the coalition, the Taliban, the Afghan Government, other Afghan leaders, and the Afghan people themselves – to maintain the momentum needed to reach a comprehensive, inclusive, and durable peace.

Pompeo spelt out steps by the Taliban that would make the agreement a success.

Pompeo stated:

“First, keep your promises to cut ties with al-Qaida and other terrorists. Keep up the fight to defeat ISIS. Welcome the profound relief of all Afghan citizens – men and women, urban and rural – as a result of this past week’s massive reduction in violence and dedicate yourselves to continued reductions. It is this significant de-escalation of violence that will create the conditions for peace, and the absence of it, the conditions and cause for failure. All Afghans deserve to live and prosper without fear.

Sit down with the Afghan Government, other Afghan political leaders, and civil society, and start the difficult conversations on a political roadmap for your country. Exercise patience, even when there is frustration. Honor the rich diversity of your country and make room for all views. Afghan governments have failed because they weren’t sufficiently inclusive. The Afghan Government of 2020, and indeed the Afghanistan of 2020, is not the same as in 2001. Embrace the historic progress obtained for women and girls and build on it for the benefit of all Afghans. The future of Afghanistan ought to draw on the God-given potential of every single person.

If you take these steps, if you stay the course and remain committed to negotiations with the Afghan Government and other Afghan partners, we and the rest of the international community assembled here today stand ready to reciprocate.

I know there will be a temptation to declare victory. But victory – victory for Afghans – will only be achieved when they can live in peace and prosper. Victory for the United States will only be achieved when Americans and our allies no longer have to fear a terrorist threat from Afghanistan, and we will do whatever it takes to protect our people. The United States will press all sides to stay focused on the goal of a peaceful, prosperous, and sovereign Afghanistan and an Afghanistan free of malign foreign interference where all voices and communities are heard and are represented. This is the only way – this is the only way – a sustainable peace can be achieved. And for all of us here, and most importantly for the security of the American and Afghan people, this must happen.”

Death toll in Delhi riots mounts to 41

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New Delhi: The death toll in riots that engulfed neighbourhoods in Jaffarabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Gokulpuri and surrounding areas of North-East Delhi over the last few days mounted to 41 on Friday.

Most business establishments and shops that bore the bruntof violence, stone pelting and arson, remained closed after spradic incidents of violence were reported from some areas even on Friday. Two days ago, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had visited these neighborhoods a day earlier and police conducted flag march in the riot-torn areas to reassure people that the security forces were standing by them.

In the meanwhile, the police is investigating the role of Aam Aadmi Party leader Tahir Hussain accused of the brutal murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma and inciting riots. The body of the Intelligence Bureau officer was recovered from a drain barely about 100 metres from Tahir Hussain’s multi-story house in North East Delhi. Large quantity of stones, acid pouches and molotov cocktails have been found in this house. Hundreds of rioters had used the roof of this house to hurl petorl bombs and stones from this house

India-US to work towards deepening bilateral ties

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Ahmedabad: The US President Donald Trump delivered remarks alongside Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at Motera – the world’s largest cricket stadium here.

On this occasion the stadium was packed to record capacity of over 120,000 and there was an Amazing reception for the US President by the people of India

During his speech at the Namaste Trump programme, DonaldTrump highlighted aspects of his vision for USA. He also spoke at length about India’s greatness as well as the greatness of India’s culture, ethos, people and more.

During our first meeting at the White House, Donald Trump told me that India has a friend in the White House. He was absolutely correct.

Together, we will keep working towards deepening bilateral ties between India & USA.

Our two national constitutions both begin with the same three beautiful words: “We the people.” That means that in America and India alike, we honor, respect, trust, empower, and fight for the citizens we proudly serve. – Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

I express my profound gratitude to an exceptional leader, a man who works night and day for his country and a man I’m proud to call my friend, PM Modi.

America loves & respects India and will always be faithful and loyal friends to Indian people.When leaders put the interest of their own citizens first, we can forge strong and fair partnerships to build a safer and more prosperous world. Our relationship with Pakistan is a very good one.

On behalf of the entire American people…thank you all for the contributions your culture and traditions have made to my beloved country. Americans are eager to strengthen these beautiful ties between our two people.

The First Lady and I have just traveled 8,000 miles around the globe to deliver a message to every citizen across this nation: America loves India — America respects India — and Americans will always be true and loyal friends to the Indian people. – US President Donald Trump

Namaste Trump- LIVE from Ahmedabad

Anti-CAA violence in Delhi: Police Head Constable killed

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New Delhi: A Delhi Police head constable and 3 civilans were killed and a deputy commissioner of police injured along with at least 50 others as clashes erupted over the Citizenship Amendment Act in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur on Monday.

Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s arrival in Delhi on Monday evening, anti- CAA protesters, as if in a well timed and pre-planned move went berserk after citizens came out in support of CAA. They began stone pelting and indulged in large-scale arson. many shops and vehicleswere torched and there was huge damage to property.

Violence between groups supporting and opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) was also reported in the Chandbagh and Bhajanpura areas.

Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted lathicharge to disperse the violent crowd of protesters.

Ratan Lal, a head constable posted in the office of the ACP Gokalpuri, was killed. Several police personnel, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Shahdara, Amit Sharma, were injured in action.

The police imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC to prohibit assembly of four or more people, in areas affected by violence in northeast Delhi.