Modi discusses Khalistan referendum movement concerns with Boris Johnson

Nov 3, 2021: The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has told the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson that his country wants to talk about the issue of Khalistan workers who work from the UK and run the Khalistan referendum campaign across the UK.

The meeting between Modi and his British counterpart ended with India’s concerns over Kahalistan’s activities in the UK, while India’s economic interests were ignored. Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringala said on Tuesday that India and the UK’s National Security Adviser (NSA) would meet later this month to discuss “aggressive” Khalistan leaders and activists working with the UK.

The Indian foreign secretary made the extraordinary statement on Khalistan workers in Glasgow on Sunday, two days after more than 30,000 Sikhs took part in a Sikh referendum organized by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in London.

Modi raised the issue of Khalistan referendum, Khalistan campaign and extradition issues during his brief meeting with Boris Johnson and the two leaders agreed to ask their NSAs to meet in London to address concerns about aggressive Khalistani activists.

The Indian Foreign Secretary was asked to explain the talks between the two Prime Ministers and the Khalistan referendum in which a huge turnout of Sikhs of all ages from across the UK arrived in London to take part in the referendum vote just outside the British Parliament.

The turnout in the Khalistan referendum and the enthusiastic participation of Sikhs have made India so anxious that the Indian Foreign Secretary devoted a large part of his press briefing to the Sikhs for Justice’s Khalistan referendum campaign.

Shringala said pro-Khalistan groups have “no legitimate right” to speak out on Khalistan, but acknowledging their activities “causes a certain level of imbalance and concern in both our countries”. “During the meeting of the NSAs, the two sides will take a detailed look at all the issues that are important to the consular and security and other aspects of our relationship,” he said.

The Indian foreign secretary said the talks between Modi and Johnson were brief but included the need to curb extremist activities by anti-terrorism and pro-Khalistan liberation groups.

He claimed that Prime Minister Johnson felt that some of these Sikh groups needed to be curbed and that steps would have to be taken to see how much attention could be paid to activities that were illegal and unconstitutional.

There has been no independent confirmation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made such a comment.

India has said that Sikhs for Justice is a terrorist organization and has registered more than 30 sedition cases against SFJ General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. India has also confiscated his ancestral property, designating him a “terrorist” but Pannun and other Sikh leaders have continued their activities.

It is an international human rights advocacy group that is leading a campaign for the right of Sikhs to self-determination, one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the UN Charter. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This right is holding an unofficial Khalistan referendum on the question of self-determination and secession of Punjab from India.

Pannun has said that the Khalistan referendum has embarrassed India when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being hoisted for COP26 by PM Boris.

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