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New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Hawks will give a very tough time to doves. That’s how a Pakistani official captured the sentiment as India struck at terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday in retaliation for the February 14 attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

The pre-dawn air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan is being lauded by Indians.

What is the mood on the other side of the border?

“The general view in Pakistan is that it’s all happening because of Indian elections (upcoming Lok Sabha elections). So it is expected that things may improve after May. But till then we’ll go back many years in time as far as bilateral ties are concerned. The warming of relations after Kartarpur seems to have disappeared already. Hawks will give very tough time to doves here,” the Pakistani government official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Just days before the Pulwama attack which left 40 CRPF troopers dead, it was announced that a team from Pakistan would visit India on March 13 to discuss and finalise the modalities for the visit of pilgrims to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahab through the Kartarpur corridor.

Pakistan on Tuesday reacted strongly to the IAF strike, with its leaders threatening a “befitting response” to India and Prime Minister Imran Khan directing the country’s armed forces and citizens to “remain prepared for all eventualities”.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told citizens that the country is in safe hands and he will never let it down.

“May good sense prevail on both sides,” Fakhr Alam, actor, musician, pilot and former Sindh Censor Board Chairman, told IANS.

“The future of our children is at stake. War is never a solution, only dialogue is. But if war is imposed, then every peaceful nation will rally to take on any threat. I hope India doesn’t get consumed by this hate and war rhetoric. It seems domestic political pressure in India is unnecessarily risking regional peace and stability.

“I hope for the true interest of people on both sides this drumming of war hysteria is contained and the media focuses on bringing important issues to the forefront like corruption, healthcare, education, poverty alleviation and so forth. Peace is a very valuable commodity and we should all work to protect it,” added Alam.

Film trade and cultural exchanges have already taken a beating.

Indian film associations have instructed producers to avoid working with Pakistani talent as well as not to release their films there. Indian music labels have been asked to pull down songs featuring Pakistani talent and Indian talent like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Rekha Bhardwaj and Harshdeep Kaur, who were to visit Pakistan for cultural events, cancelled their plans in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

All through, Pakistani artistes, who have found a lot more fame via Indian films, failed to condemn any attack against India.

Actress Mahira Khan, who has acted in Bollywood film “Raees” and found popularity with the show “Humsafar”, however, after India attacked terror camps on Tuesday, tweeted: “Nothing uglier. Nothing more ignorant than cheering for war. May sense prevail.. Pakistan zindabad.”

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at [email protected])

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Writer, activist Sadia Dehlvi dead

Dehlvi was also the associate producer of the TV series “Not a Nice Man to Know” (1998) with late writer Khushwant Singh (who had penned a similarly titled anthology) interviewing women from various fields. She also acted in the TV series “Zindagi Kitni Khoobsoorat Hai” (2001).

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : Writer, columnist, filmmaker and activist Sadia Dehlvi, a prominent critic of radical interpretations of Islam who urged a holistic understanding of the religion and was also a vocal critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on the ground that it discriminated against Muslims, died here late Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. She had turned 63 on July 16.

Hailing from a family of writers and publishers — her grandfather Hafiz Yusuf founded the iconic Urdu film and literary monthly Shamaa in 1938 — Dehlvi was a columnist with The Hindustan Times and regularly contributed to several prominent Urdu, Hindi and English newspapers and magazines.

A follower of Nizamuddin Auliya and Khwaja Gharib Nawaz, she was the author of two seminal works “Sufism: The Heart of Islam” and “The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi”, besides innumerable articles on women, minorities, Islamic spirituality and Delhi’s heritage and culture.

She also scripted and co-produced the TV series “Amma and Family” that starred veteran actress Zohra Sehgal and also played one of the main roles in it.

Dehlvi was also the associate producer of the TV series “Not a Nice Man to Know” (1998) with late writer Khushwant Singh (who had penned a similarly titled anthology) interviewing women from various fields. She also acted in the TV series “Zindagi Kitni Khoobsoorat Hai” (2001).

Khushwant Singh, in fact, was a great admirer of Dehlvi’s work, and wrote in his anthology that he dedicated to her: “To Sadia Dehlvi, who gave me more affection and notoriety than I deserve.” His book, “Men and Women in my Life” features Dehlvi on the cover and includes an entire chapter on her.

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Riteish to birthday girl Genelia: Growing young with you is a blessing

Genelia replied: “To us, to our flaws,to our weaknesses, to our strengths, to our happiness…I need you to be me. Love you forever always.”

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Genelia D’Souza and Riteish Deshmukh

Mumbai, Aug 5 : Genelia Deshmukh turned a year older on Wednesday, and husband Riteish Deshmukh took to Instagram in order to wish her on her special day.

“You are my bestest friend, my eternal laughter, my partner in crime, my happiness, my guide, my enthusiasm, my excitement, my light, my life, my everything. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Baiko – growing young with you is a blessing. @geneliad #HappyBirthdayGenelia,” he wrote.

Along with it, Riteish posted a picture in which he kisses Genelia on her forehead.

Genelia replied: “To us, to our flaws,to our weaknesses, to our strengths, to our happiness…I need you to be me. Love you forever always.”

Genelia and Riteish got married in February 2012. They have two sons, Rahyl and Riaan.

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BMC refuses to free Vinay Tiwari from quarantine despite Patna IG letter

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been assigned with heading the probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by Bihar DGP Pandey, was quarantined by the BMC soon after his arrival in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Mumbai, Aug 5 : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has refused to free Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from quarantine, despite a letter from the Patna Inspector General requesting them to free him. Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey took to Twitter on Wednesday to inform about the development.

DGP Pandey tweeted in Hindi from his verified Twitter account, which translates to: “The Patna IG had written a letter to the Chief of BMC opposing the quarantining of IPS Vinay Tiwari and requested that he be released, which has been rejected. BMC has sent a reply to the letter to Patna Police. Now our SP Vinay Tiwari will be locked inside for 14 days. This decision of BMC is unfortunate!”

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been assigned with heading the probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by Bihar DGP Pandey, was quarantined by the BMC soon after his arrival in Mumbai on Sunday.

Speaking to IANS earlier this week, Bihar DGP Pandey had expressed his displeasure over what he called was non-cooperation of Mumbai Police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. He had also claimed that IPS officer Vinay Tiwari was put under house arrest in Mumbai on the pretext of quarantine.

Speaking to IANS, Pandey had alleged that the Mumbai Police was “not cooperating” with Bihar Police in the probe into the alleged suicide case of the Bollywood actor and was “speaking the language of actress Rhea Chakraborty”, who has been blamed by the bereaved family for Sushant’s death.

“Mumbai Police is parroting Rhea Chakraborty’s stand. She is saying Bihar Police can’t investigate the case and the Mumbai Police is supporting her contention,” Pandey had told IANS on Tuesday.

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