An Islamabad-datelined report sourced from the news agency Asian News International (ANI) — ‘Khalistan could exist only in Pak, says Sikh author’ — and published by HT among other news outlets has been found to be inaccurate. The April 18 report had attributed certain statements to Singapore-based author Amardeep Singh of ‘Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’ that he claims to have never made.
In an email to HT on Wednesday, Amardeep said his book is “a non-political work, focusing purely on the documentation of the heritage of the community across the lands of Pakistan”. About the ANI report, he said he spoke at the Islamabad Literature Festival on April 15 that was covered by the mainstream media in Pakistan, “and at no point have I ever made any reference to any political agenda”.
ANI too issued a clarification that said, “In his book, the author has pointed out that 80 percent of the Sikh empire existed in what is Pakistan today. On the basis of the facts of history stated by the author, the article offered a counter narrative of the concept of Khalistan by interpreting the book against the basis of the Khalistan movement.”