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Pro-Khalistan activities: Canada, US need to wake up
Canada may recognize the Sikhs' right to propagate the idea of Khalistan from its territory, but it seems unaware of the problems it can cause. The pro-Khalistanis in Canada are helping revive what was a violent secessionist movement by pumping in huge funds.

Backed by Pakistani spy agency the ISI, they are the operatives of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), the oldest and the most well-organized Khalistani outfit that has set up a strong network in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, and in other European countries, reported ANI.

In 1970s and the 1980s the Khalistan movement reached its peak while flourishing in the state of Punjab, with a majority Sikh population. Ever since various pro-Khalistan outfits have been involved in a separatist movement against the Indian government. There were reports that Sikhs residing outside India were funding to attract young people into these pro-Khalistan militant groups.

When the majority of the Akali leaders were pursuing the idea of a more empowered Sikh-majority state within India, Sikh leaders like Jagjit Singh Chauhan pursued the idea of a sovereign Khalistan. In 1969 when Chauhan lost the Punjab assembly elections he moved to the United Kingdom, from where he also visited Pakistan's Nankana Sahib in an attempt to build a Sikh government. He also went to the US to meet his supporters in the Sikh diaspora.

Chauhan placed an advertisement on 13 October 1971 in the New York Times to proclaim an Independent Sikh state. After returning to India in the year 1977. In 1979 he went to the UK and announced the formation of the Kahlistan National Council. To strengthening himself, reportedly, he maintained contacts with various groups in Canada, the US and Germany.

Apart from Punjab, Chauhan had dreams to include the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and some parts of Rajasthan in Khalistan.

Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) is a major pro-Khalistan militant outfit which has been declared a terror group by India, the UK, Canada and European Union. Apart from BKI, Khalistan Zindabad Force, Khalistan Commado Force, Khalistan Liberation Force are some listed Khalistani militant outfits.

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Canada has become the hub of anti-Indian activities. Khalistani and Kashmiri separatists are very active in Canada, particularly in British Columbia which has a 6.4% population of South Asians, mostly Sikhs and Pakistani Muslims, Toronto which has a 13.4% population of South Asians, again mostly Sikhs and Pakistani Muslims and Vancouver which has a 9.9% population of South Asians, mostly Sikhs and Pakistani Muslims. The wife of the Sikh terrorist, Bhullar sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India and whose Mercy Petition has also been rejected by the President of India, is a Canadian citizen and has appealed to the Govt. of Canada for help in the commutation of death sentence of her husband. Sleeper cells of ISI, Secret Intelligence Service of Pakistan are very much present in the aforementioned places. They fund the Khalistanis and Kashmiri Separatists who are very active online for the formation of Khalistan and separation of Kashmir from India. They also organise frequent demonstrations in support of their demands. Clearly, they are acting against the interests of the Indian Govt. Therefore, the Govt. of India should call the High Commissioner of Canada in India and through him convey a warning to Canadian Govt. to throw out these terrorists otherwise India would have to review its ties with Canada. After all, in the name of liberty, Govt. of Canada cannot allow terrorism to breed on its soil. There should be no mercy for any terrorist including Bhullar who kill innocent persons. However, Govt. of India should also ensure that Sikh victims of Sikh massacre of 1984 get justice so that they do not feel let down and alienated. So far, not a single person has been hanged for the killing of 10,000 Sikhs in 1984 even after more than 28 years.
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