The Deceitful Front

Hassan Farooq Mirza 03:54 PM | 19 Dec, 2022
The Deceitful Front

Following the harsh condemnation of Narendra Modi by the Pakistani Foreign Minister, who called him the "Butcher of Gujarat," Indian media has gone berserk. From the flamboyant Arnab Goswami to the shrieking Rubika Liyaquat, a propaganda war has been started against Pakistan and her leadership.

India's desire to shield UNSC members from hearing such criticism of the PM is unclear. Why does it not want the world to talk about India's fascism?

According to Indian Express, IPS Sanjiv Bhatt, one of the major investigators looking into how Modi supported the anti-Muslim carnage in Gujarat, was suspended in August 2011 shortly after giving a deposition critical of the then-Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. Sanjiv Bhatt accused Narendra Modi of being involved in the rioting in an affidavit submitted to the Indian Supreme Court. He claimed to have been present at a meeting where Modi reportedly instructed senior police officers to permit Hindus to express their resentment at Muslims. Later, Sanjiv Bhatt was targeted by the RSS's legal branch, arrested, and imprisoned in violation of the law.

The Frontline, a left-leaning publication in India, stated that PM Modi received a clean slate from the Supreme Court of India. The arrest of Teesta Setalvad, the secretary of the Committee for Justice and Peace, and R.B. Sreekumar, the former director general of police in Gujarat, came just after this. The arrest was made as a result of a first information report submitted by a Gujarat Police officer, who claimed that the complainants had falsely accused the Prime Minister of India and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty's piece in the New York Times described how the right-wing objective of the RSS and the Modi-led government had fundamentally altered India's sociocultural environment. Anand Patwardhan, a prominent producer and director of liberal documentaries, is the focus of the author's argument. The main thesis of Chakraborty's paper contends that after the BJP took office in 2014, the greatest democracy in the world has descended into a majoritarian abyss. Patwardhan challenges the narrative that the BJP frequently presents to the nation's 900 million voters by including testimonies from witnesses to mob lynching, tales of college students driven to suicide by severe right-wing rejection, and interviews with Hindu nationalists who defend the frequent murders of journalists and activists.

Along with the development of the BJP and the RSS, a militant group committed to turning India into a Hindu state and rendering its minorities second-class citizens, there have also been increasing attacks on the right to free speech.

Reason, a documentary by Patwardhan, is centered on the killings of four Indian activists who were all persecuted in some way for defying Hindu dogma. With the same caliber handgun, point-blank shots were fired at M.M. Kalburgi, Ms. Gauri Lankesh, and Narendra Dabholkar. A lawyer and scholar named Govind Pansare was also murdered in February 2015.

Why hasn't India been classified as a yet?

The reason is straightforward: For the past 50 years, Indian participation in the internal affairs of a neighbouring state has been unlawful: supporting the ISKP in Afghanistan, the Mukti Bahinis in East Pakistan, the Tamils in Sri Lanka, Nepalese and Bhutanese political groups, and Pakistani anarchists.

Second, India has consistently sought to undermine Pakistan and Afghanistan. The relationship between RAW and terrorists in Afghanistan, spies apprehended by Pakistan and Qatar, participation in terrorist actions in Pakistan, and backing for the TTP and ISKP are evidence that India is still the only repository of terrorism in the area.

Third, New Delhi repeatedly incapacitates the UNSC, just like Israel, and refuses to carry out UN decisions in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Delimitation of seats, demographic apartheid through the repeal of Articles 370A and 35, and the economic blockade in Kashmir are all signs that India is still a state that disregards international rules.

Minorities are also under risk from the Hindutva ideology and related extremist groups. India is collapsing domestically and is quickly turning into a fascist state, as seen by the rise in hate crimes committed against Christians, Muslims, and Dalits as well as the unlawful demolition of mosques and churches with the help of the state apparatus. Humans are discriminated against in India by the government on the grounds of caste, religion, and nationality. Just look at how discriminatory CAA and NRC are, and how the state apparatus and fanatics crushed rallies on these matters.

India is a nation that also has a poor press freedom score, a high social hostility score, and a high rate of hunger and poverty. When more than 100 children died from cough syrups produced in India, the nation that supplies phony medications and vaccinations to Africa and other nations showed little sorrow.

Additionally, reports from the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, AI, and HRW all point to the reality that minorities have no place in India and that there is a high chance of organized Muslim genocide under the Modi Regime. India is genuinely ruled by an intolerant Hindu majority.

India also does poorly when it comes to protecting its key assets. Just look at how frequently nuclear material is stolen in India, how readily it is available in Indian marketplaces, and don't forget about the March 2022 launch of Nuclear Capable Brahmos into Pakistan.

In conclusion, India, which claims to be a regional leader and aspires to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is actually a supporter of state terrorism and a nuisance to its neighbours. Internally, it has turned into a dictator toward its minority, violates grave human rights on disputed territory recognised by the UN, and fails to address inequalities in its society.

Hassan Farooq Mirza
Hassan Farooq Mirza

A freelance journalist, who is driven by desire to share stories that can make a difference.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 30, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 305.5 308.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348 351.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 77 77.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.3
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206 208.2
China Yuan CNY 41.25 41.65
Danish Krone DKK 41.26 41.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.22
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.67 934.67
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.57 177.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 736.34 744.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.92 78.62
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.25 310.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 30 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 207,700 on Thursday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,070.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Karachi PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Islamabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Peshawar PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Quetta PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Sialkot PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Attock PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Gujranwala PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Jehlum PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Multan PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Bahawalpur PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Gujrat PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Nawabshah PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Chakwal PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Hyderabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Nowshehra PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Sargodha PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Faisalabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470


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