The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday named Hindu radical Yogi Adityanath as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath is known for his hardline Hindutva ideology and making anti-Muslim statements. He is popular among his supporters for his fiery speeches against minorities. The chief minister-designate also runs an extremist organisation, Hindu Yuva Vahini, which has been accused of instigating communal tension. He describes himself as a "religious missionary and social worker" on his Lok Sabha profile.

Host: Daniyal Ahmad

Co-hosts: Yusra Mushtaq & Maha Khan Jadoon

Analyst Live on Phone: 

Dr Maria Sultan (Defence Analyst) 

It is extremely unfortunate that India is institutionalizing right wing thinking by nominating people like Yogi Adityanath as chief minister. This radical ideology is no longer acceptable in progressive countries. This is a tragic development for minorities in India. This will be destabilizing not only for India but for entire region as well.

Two children injured in unprovoked Indian firing at LOC

Two children were injured due to unprovoked Indian forces firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) at Nikyal sector on Saturday night. According to Foreign Office spokesperson, the innocent civilians aged 9 and 14 years were injured in Balakot village due to the ceasefire violations by India.

Islamabad urges New Delhi to create conducive environment for resolution of core issues

Pakistan has urged India to create a conducive environment to pave the way for settlement of core issues like Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking in a TV programme, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the two countries need to decide over the fundamental issues like Jammu and Kashmir first before moving to other issues. The High Commissioner said we need to be sitting across the table to discuss the difficult issues. We cannot expect progress in vacuum.  Abdul Basit said terrorism issue cannot alone define the entire gamut of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.

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