Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed Canada’s decision to not recognise the results of the ‘Referendum 2020’ being organised by the US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
He termed the categorical stand taken by the Justin Trudeau government on the issue as exemplary and hoped other countries would also reject the secessionist ‘Referendum 2020’, which the SFJ was promoting to divide India on communal lines.
Chief Minister was reacting to a media report quoting Canadian foreign ministry spokesperson as saying, “Canada respects the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of India, and the Government of Canada will not recognise the referendum.”
SFJ has been banned by India as a terrorist organisation and its founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu declared a terrorist for actively promoting Pakistan-backed terror activities on Indian soil.
Captain Amarinder observed the failure to openly oppose the separatist SFJ could set a dangerous precedent for any country as it could be seen as a case of covert support to an organisation that is freely propagating secessionist activities.
It was in the interest of global peace and security to reject forces that are bent on spreading terror, he said, adding that Sikhs in Punjab had categorically rejected SFJ’s pro-Khalistan movement, which the outfit was spreading at the behest of Pakistan’s ISI.