Mother Teresa nuns call on Maoists to free Italians *Take-up issue of Pak minorities

March 27, 2012 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india, Orissa, Persecution

Abducted ItaliansOrissa, March 21, 2012: The rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda proposes the release of one of the two hostages, provided that the government meets some of the 13 requests. Authority: we can not accommodate every point. Controversy between the Head of Government of Orissa and the central government. Arrest warrants issued for 26 Maoist guerrillas.

The Sisters of Mother Teresa in Kandhamal are asking for the release of two kidnapped Italians in Orissa: “We, the Missionaries of Charity, committed to serving the poorest of the poor in Kandhamal, we ask you, our dear brothers and sisters that the two Italian tourists hostages, be released unconditionally. Their families and friends are suffering terribly. God bless you”. This is the message of Sister M. Suma, regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity, launched through AsiaNews. Meanwhile, the local Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has offered the release of one of the two hostages, provided that the government fulfills at least some of the 13 requests. The government responded by saying that it can not satisfy all the points. The proposal is contained in an audio tape delivered to CNN-Ibn and confirmed by AsiaNews sources. The message does not specify which of the two Italians, Paolo Bosusco or Claudio Colangelo, could be released.

Meanwhile, Naveen Patnaik, chief minister of Orissa, has accused the central government of doing nothing to free the hostages. “The Foreign Minister Krishna – Patnaik said – shows no urgency in resolving the case. He has not even responded to my initial request for intervention, when the abduction took place.”

P Chidambaram, Minister of the Interior, responded to the accusations: “If these statements are true, I’m very sorry. I called Patnaik in person Sunday, March 18, and made no request of the central government. I do not think that the chief minister of a State should make such statements. ”

Negotiations are moving forward. This morning the government of Orissa issued an arrest warrant for Sabyasachi and 26 other rebel Maoists. Yesterday evening, the rebel group has moved the date of the ultimatum, perhaps March 24. Speaking to AsiaNews R.P. Patil, District Collector of Kandhamal, does not explicitly confirm the day, “because I still can not provide further details,” but is “confident that we will have more time to free the hostages, because the rebels have opened negotiations. We are dealing with this at a state level and trust in the three mediators. ”

Yesterday Naveen Patnaik has confirmed the names of three persons who will act as negotiators for the State: A Behera, Secretary of the Interior, PK Jena, Secretary of the Department of Panchayati Raj, SK Sarangi, Secretary of the Department of Development.

– asianews

Take-up issue of persecution of minorities in Pakistan

 

BJP Leader Murli Manohar JoshiPakistan, March 25, 2012: Most parts of Pakistan are witnessing gross violation of human rights against religious minorities which is fuelling their migration, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday alleged, demanding India must raise the issue on the international fora. “Most parts of Pakistan are witnessing gross violation of human rights resulting in large scale migration of religious minorities, many of them Hindus.

“It is surprising that our government, which has been so sensitive about issues concerning the religious minorities within the country and other parts of the world, has been keeping silent with regard to the happenings in the neighbouring country,” Joshi told reporters here.

We request the government to raise the issue on international fora besides taking up the matter with Pakistan and make all possible efforts towards putting a check on human rights violation in that country, he said.

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