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Indian Diaspora decry Pakistan sponsored Khalistan `2020 Referendum'

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 August 2018, 14:35 IST

Indian diaspora has strongly criticised Pakistan sponsored anti-India protest planned by pro-Khalistan Sikhs here on August 12.

It is alleged that Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI, has drawn up elaborate plans to embarrass India during the 71st Independence Day functions in London.

British businessman and philanthropist of Indian origin, Rami Ranger said in his tweet: "A rally planned by unelected and self-appointed handful of Sikhs from around the world for Independence on August 12th 2018 in London is unwelcomed by the majority of Sikhs. A counter demonstration is planned by pro India supporters which can result in disturbance".
He said in another tweet: "These handful of Sikhs are an embarrassment to Sikhs at large and also an impediment to progress in Punjab".

Many people have expressed their views by raising objections on pro-Khalistan rallies in the UK.

They raised questions by saying: "#Khalistan supporters are planning to do a global rally in London and many parts of the world for referendum to vote for creation of Khalistan, but they don't protest for recent Sikh massacre in Afghanistan? They don't protest for Pakistani Sikh policeman who was humiliated?"

The ISI is allegedly using discredited Khalistani groups to further its agenda and backing them to organise a pro-Khalistan rally in London.

Sikhs for Justice, a pro-Khalistan group recently revealed its plan for August 12 by holding a joint press conference with Kashmiri separatists in London.

UK-based known Khalistani activist Paramjeet Singh Pamma, whom India tried to extradite from Portugal, hosted the press conference of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement, Kashmir Patriotic Forum International and Overseas Pakistani Welfare Organisation.

"On August 12, we will unveil the case for Sikhs right to self-determination as guaranteed in the UN Charter and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights", said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor of Sikhs for Justice.

In furtherance of its campaign for non-binding Referendum 2020, the Sikhs for Justice is holding "London Deceleration" on August 12 at Trafalgar Square.

(ANI)

 

First published: 6 August 2018, 14:35 IST
 
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