Pro-Khalistani group SFJ exploits Gurudwara for anti-Indian operations — Transcontinental Times

INDIA/PAKISTAN: In a highly controversial event, which many have called anti-national, some Khalistan elements attempted to exploit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan for anti-Indian activities.

Pro-Khalistani group banned in India, Sikh for Justice (SFJ), is a US-based secessionist group that supports the separation of Punjab from India to create a new nation-state called Khalistan.

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The group released images of ‘Ardas’ (prayers) performed for the success of the Khalistan referendum vote in Canada, beginning September 18.

The terrorist SFJ Paramjit Pamma had authorized and welcomed this decision.

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The banned pro-Khalistani group has released a video of prayers in progress at the Sikh holy site in Pakistan. It should be noted that India had previously raised concerns about possible Khalistan propaganda at Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in 2019.

Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manjinder Singh Sirsa spoke to Republic TV about the incident and said, “Pakistan has nothing to do with the Sikh religion. They just want to create an anti-Indian atmosphere. They want to disrupt the atmosphere in Punjab.

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“People like Paramjit Pamma make propaganda against India“Sirsa told Republic. He said Pakistan is inciting gurudwara devotees to go against India. “This incident clearly shows that Pakistan is using the Sikh religion to disturb the atmosphere in Punjabadded Sirsa.

BJP leader RP Singh also condemned the act and criticized the pro-Khalistani group for spreading anti-India propaganda that threatens India’s security.

He added that the terrorist group can only dream of a separate nation-state called Khalistan as ultimately nothing will be achieved by the group.

Pakistan continues to incite Sikhs and Kashmiris to cross the border… This is highly condemnableRP Singh told Republic. “The Gurudwara committee of the Nankana Sahib should immediately apologize for allowing ardas for Khalistan. Anything that would disintegrate this country would not be acceptable,” he added.

“Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) can only dream of Khalistan, they will never achieve anything. Sikhs in general do not accept the Khalistan theory. None of the Sikhs in India will like to talk about KhalistanRP Singh to the Republic.

It is pertinent to note that the Indian government has blacklisted SFJ, a separatist organization, and labeled it “illegal”. Additionally, following the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (UAPA), the Indian government banned SFJ in July 2019 for promoting secession and inciting violent militancy in Punjab as well as the Sikh referendum of 2020.

In particular, their operations attempted to sever inter-cultural and inter-religious ties and destabilize communal peace and harmony in the state of Punjab.

The Khalistan Movement is a Sikh separatist movement, which aims to create a separate homeland for Sikhs called ‘Khalistan’ (or ‘Land of the Khalsas’) which would include parts of the former pre-colonial Punjab, now India and in Pakistan.

The separatist movement emerged following the fall of the British Empire in the 1980s and garnered some support in India and the Sikh diaspora during the infamous Operation Blue Star.

The incident was a covert military operation launched by then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to remove three prominent Sikh figures (rumored to be associated with the Khalistani movement) from one of India’s holiest sites. India, the Golden Temple.

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