Khalistani terror: India, Canada closely cooperating

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 13, 2020, 04.12 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Pakistan-backed Khalistani activists Photograph:( ANI )

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This year Khalistanis have been active especially since they plan to do a so-called "referendum". Canada with 2nd largest number of Sikh Population after India has been a ground for ISI backed Khalistanis to get support from the diaspora.

India and Canada are closely cooperating on the issue of Khalistani terrorism and separatism even as fringe elements in the latter have been proactive. The cooperation includes sharing classified information on Khalistanis, given the full support Pakistan's notorious spy agency ISI has been extending to the terrorist organisation.

India and Canada already have a Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism agreed in February of 2018.

This year Khalistanis have been active especially after they plan to hold the so-called "referendum". Canada with the second largest number of Sikh Population after India has been a ground for ISI backed Khalistanis to get support from the diaspora.

According to Canada's Global News two Canadian Sikhs--Bhagat Singh Brar and Parvkar Singh Dulai have been on the country's no-fly list since 2017 over both being trying to engage in act of terrorism in India. In fact, documents which have been seen by Global News shows Brar working with Pakistan's ISI for a specific attack in 2017.

The document as quoted by Global News says, Brar was involved in “promoting extremism, including the radicalisation of youth, with the aim of achieving Khalistan independence; and attack planning and facilitation, including weapons procurement, to conduct attacks in India"

This comes even as Indian mission in Canada lodged a strong protest with Canadian TV authority --the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission over Montreal based PTN24 channel broadcasting anti-India commentary and glorification of terrorism.

The developments come even as India has acted on Khalistani social media handles and blocking 40 websites of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) which is an unlawful organization under the UAPA,1967.

New Delhi also blacklisted nine Khalistanis in five countries including Canada for being "involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil" and "trying to revive militancy in Punjab through their anti-national activities and through their support to and involvement in the Khalistan Movement", the home ministry in a statement said a few weeks ago. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canada based Chief of “Khalistan Tiger Force” was among those who have been banned.