The Rising Panjab Bureau
Following a viral video of the designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of the banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) threatening those wanted to fly Air India, the demand of a diaspora panel in the US to put him on the no-fly-list is just and timely. Given Pannun’s repeated open threats against the Hindu diaspora living in Canada, Indian Prime Minister and other important dignitaries, top serving diplomats in Canada etc, there is a need to take the issue with the deserving seriousness by the government of India. Even though the Government of Canada has announced that it was looking into the matter, given its disinclination in the earlier cases of pro-Khalistan elements promoting violence and communal hatred against India and Indians, particularly Hindus, in Canada, it is unlikely that a concrete action will be taken against Pannun. His organisation SFJ has long been involved in anti-India activities. He is the one who launched the smear campaign of holding “Referendum” seeking a separate homeland for Sikhs in India in the name of Khalistan. Of late, there is no-hold-barred for Pannun as he kept issuing threats against India and its interests while his stooges openly and threateningly have been violent in pursuing their anti-India campaign.
India has for long been flagging attention of the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and some other countries for giving free rope to certain elements to carry out activities inimical to India from their lands in the name of ‘freedom of speech’. India’s relations with Canada have nosedived in the last few months following PM Justine Trudeau’s remarks in the Canadian parliament accusing India for the assassination of a designated terrorist and self-appointed chief of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) Hardeep Singh Nijjar in the month of June this year. This is when tens of official requests from India have been pending for years with Canada under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) seeking deportation of wanted terrorists, drug smugglers and gangsters being sheltered by Canada. Obviously, Canada and other countries are overstretching the meaning of ‘freedom of speech’ to suit their respective interests by allowing these terrorists and criminals to operate from their lands against India. Their policies are undoubtedly ignoring the threats of extremism and terrorism which may ultimately adversely impact them also.
Anti-India activities of Pannun and people of his ilk have seen sharp surge in recent years. There are more than frequent protests against the Indian Missions located in these countries with the aim to scare the Indian officials serving there. Signboards are put up in Canada with images of top Indian diplomats instigating violence against them while authorities keep looking the other way. A float depicting assassination of India’s former PM Indira Gandhi is carried out. Official events of the Indian Missions are threatened resulting in their cancellation. A fire incident at the Consulate General of India in San Francisco by these elements was also not long ago.
The countries allowing terror-like activities by pro-Khalistan elements need to realise the real danger in turning their blind eyes as there cannot be two yardsticks in dealing with extremism and terrorism. It is against India today, it may be against them tomorrow. Terrorism has not done good to any country. Nor will it in future also.
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