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Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is the legal adviser of the US-based group.(HT Photo)

Centre bans pro-Khalistan group SFJ, Capt Amarinder hails move

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2019 12:40 AM IST
The decision to ban the SFJ, which has been pushing for ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’ as part of its secessionist agenda, as an “unlawful association” was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet.
The Union Cabinet banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a US-based pro-Khalistan group, for its alleged anti-national and subversive activities in Punjab and elsewhere. In this photo from 2018, members of All India Anti Terrorist Front(AIATF) lead a march towards UK High Commission in Chanakyapuri to protest against the Referendum 2020 movement organised by the UK based Sikhs and Sikhs For Justice(SFJ).(Anushree Fadnavis/ Hindustan Times File)
The Union Cabinet banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a US-based pro-Khalistan group, for its alleged anti-national and subversive activities in Punjab and elsewhere. In this photo from 2018, members of All India Anti Terrorist Front(AIATF) lead a march towards UK High Commission in Chanakyapuri to protest against the Referendum 2020 movement organised by the UK based Sikhs and Sikhs For Justice(SFJ).(Anushree Fadnavis/ Hindustan Times File)

Govt bans ‘unlawful’ pro-Khalistani group

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2019 12:26 AM IST
The Union Cabinet in its meeting declared the outfit outlawed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act), 1967.
A poster by US-based secessionist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) about referendum 2020 in a gurdwara in San Jose, California.(HT PHOTO)
A poster by US-based secessionist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) about referendum 2020 in a gurdwara in San Jose, California.(HT PHOTO)

Government bans US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 09:10 PM IST
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) - a US-based secessionist group that supports the cause of Khalistan has been pushing for Referendum 2020 for the self determination of Sikhs as part of its separatist agenda.
India v New Zealand - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - July 9, 2019 Fans during the match(Action Images via Reuters)
India v New Zealand - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - July 9, 2019 Fans during the match(Action Images via Reuters)

India vs New Zealand, semi-finals, ICC World Cup 2019: Fans ejected from World Cup match after political protest

Manchester | By AFP
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 12:05 PM IST
Expatriate Sikh separatists, who want to create a homeland of Khalistan in India’s northern Punjab state, have been holding rallies in England to promote their cause.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the sidelines of G20 Summit 2019 in Osaka(ANI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the sidelines of G20 Summit 2019 in Osaka(ANI)

India talks tough with Canada on Khalistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya and Rezaul H Laskar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2019 10:42 PM IST
Jaishankar asks Canadian counterpart to address concerns to mend bilateral ties.
A view of Panja Sahib temple during Baisakhi festival in Hassan Abdal, Pakistan(Reuters File)
A view of Panja Sahib temple during Baisakhi festival in Hassan Abdal, Pakistan(Reuters File)

Sikh separatist group SFJ accuses Pakistan of betrayal after being barred from referendum registration

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2019 11:56 AM IST
The SFJ claimed that it was prevented from posting Khalistan banners and conducting a registration drive at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan despite having been invited there by president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on behalf of the government there.
The updated report has a note which states that while “outlining a threat, it must be clearly linked to an ideology rather than a community”(AP File)
The updated report has a note which states that while “outlining a threat, it must be clearly linked to an ideology rather than a community”(AP File)

Canada removes mention of Sikh extremism, India fumes

Hindustan Times, Toronto/New Delhi | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 10:02 AM IST
The erasure of eight references to Sikh extremism and organisations and six references to Khalistan, the so-called homeland sought by some radical groups, came against the backdrop of reports that pressure groups in the Sikh community had threatened Canada’s ruling Liberal Party with dire consequences in an election year.
Dosanjh, ex-premier of British Columbia and federal minister, speaks his mind in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Dosanjh, ex-premier of British Columbia and federal minister, speaks his mind in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

‘Khalistani extremism more dangerous for Canada than India’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ramesh Vinayak
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2019 10:04 PM IST
Ujjal Dosanjh spoke to HT on a range of issues from the new wave of migration from Punjab, India-Canada relations and Punjabi diaspora to ethics in politics.
Members of Dal Khalsa protesting out side court complex in Nawanshahr in Punjab on Wednesday(HT Photo)
Members of Dal Khalsa protesting out side court complex in Nawanshahr in Punjab on Wednesday(HT Photo)

Dal Khalsa holds protest to oppose life term to three Sikh youths in Punjab

Hindustan Times, SBS Nagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 11:14 PM IST
Three men were awarded life imprisonment on for wanting to create Khalistan, and possessing literature for propaganda and inciting people to resort to violence.
Indian-American students, professionals, businessmen and homemakers joined expatriates and officials to outnumber and outstay Sikh separatists.(AFP)
Indian-American students, professionals, businessmen and homemakers joined expatriates and officials to outnumber and outstay Sikh separatists.(AFP)

Indian-Americans foil Sikh separatists’ stir outside Indian embassy in US

Washington/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 06:46 PM IST
Ambassador Harsh Shringla unfurled the Tricolour near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the embassy, surrounded by a large turnout of Indian-Americans and expatriates.
Canada’s denial of a visa to a UK-based interlocutor has stalled backchannel talks between India and one-time proponents of Khalistan.(HT Photo)
Canada’s denial of a visa to a UK-based interlocutor has stalled backchannel talks between India and one-time proponents of Khalistan.(HT Photo)

Canada’s denial of visa stalls govt outreach to Sikh groups

Toronto/New Delhi | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya and Rezaul H Laskar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2019 09:20 PM IST
Sikh groups, including Sikh Human Rights Group, have welcomed the life sentence given to former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his role in the 1985 anti-Sikh riots.
Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. A British court has ordered that charismatic Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya should face extradition to India on financial fraud allegations. (File Photo)(AP)
Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. A British court has ordered that charismatic Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya should face extradition to India on financial fraud allegations. (File Photo)(AP)

Mallya to caste: When London became a theatre of Indian politics in 2018

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 08:18 PM IST
The Vijay Mallya extradition saga rolled on throughout the year, while the cut-and-thrust of domestic politics was reflected in two high-profile visits: the April visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Commonwealth Summit, and the August visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Canada’s recognition of Khalistani extermism as terror threat validates New Delhi’s frequently-flagged concerns on the Justine Trudeau government’s soft pedaling on pro-Khalistan lobby that spews venom against India and supports a violent insurrection for a separate Sikh state in India(AFP)
Canada’s recognition of Khalistani extermism as terror threat validates New Delhi’s frequently-flagged concerns on the Justine Trudeau government’s soft pedaling on pro-Khalistan lobby that spews venom against India and supports a violent insurrection for a separate Sikh state in India(AFP)

The Khalistan terror threat is all too real

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 07:33 AM IST
The Canadian government has listed the separatist movement as “a matter of concern” in its 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada.
After expiry of the custody, the accused was again produced before the court which extended his custody till December 17(HT/PHOTO)
After expiry of the custody, the accused was again produced before the court which extended his custody till December 17(HT/PHOTO)

Maha ATS arrest man in Pune on suspected Khalistan terrorist links

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 02:27 PM IST
The arrested man has been identified as Harpalsingh Pratapsingh Naik (42), a native of Mughalmajra, Ropar district, Punjab. ATS claimed to have recovered one countrymade pistol and five ‘live’ cartridges, totally worth 41,950 from his possession
When Indian pilgrims arrived on November 23 at Nankana Sahib, they found the grounds of the shrine and buildings festooned with banners and posters on “Referendum 2020” and an “independent” Punjab.(AFP/Picture for representation)
When Indian pilgrims arrived on November 23 at Nankana Sahib, they found the grounds of the shrine and buildings festooned with banners and posters on “Referendum 2020” and an “independent” Punjab.(AFP/Picture for representation)

Khalistanis in Pakistan target Indian pilgrims for ‘Referendum 2020’ propaganda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2018 07:34 AM IST
Pro-Khalistan elements in Pakistan have stepped up propaganda targeting visiting Indian pilgrims and backing the so-called “Referendum 2020” at religious sites such as Nankana Sahib, which attract thousands of Sikhs from around the world.
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora with weapons recovered from the accused of targeted killings in Punjab in November 2017.(HT File Photo)
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora with weapons recovered from the accused of targeted killings in Punjab in November 2017.(HT File Photo)

ISI keeps Punjab on the edge

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ravinder Vasudeva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2018 10:38 AM IST
While Pakistan is asking India to give peace a chance, its agencies are busy radicalising Sikh youth; Punjab Police busted 17 terror modules with 97 arrests in 20 months.
A video grab of Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with pro­-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla at Kartarpur.
A video grab of Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with pro­-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla at Kartarpur.

Pak Army chief’s handshake with pro-Khalistan leader at Kartarpur corridor event triggers row

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Toronto | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 08:58 AM IST
Indian officials refused to formally comment on it, but said this was part of a game being played by Pakistan and rued that a religious occasion of such significance was being “manipulated” for such a purpose.
Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal(HT File)
Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal(HT File)

Khalistani plot to disrupt former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s rallies unearthed, three held

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 09:30 AM IST
The accused told the cops that they were going to hand over the weapons to Khalistani supporter German Singh, who has allegedly stored a cache of arms in a village in Rupnagar district of Punjab.
Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer along with his wife Jill Scheer paid obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer along with his wife Jill Scheer paid obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

We don’t engage with those who choose violence: Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Sukhdeep Kaur
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 09:48 AM IST
He refused to comment on Trudeau’s India visit saying everyone can make their own assessment and as a matter of official policy, they do not criticise each other on foreign soil.
The development has added to the anger of Sikhs in the area, who had already decided to boycott BJP leaders, including Khattar, until he tenders his apology at the gurdwara in Dachar village.(HT Photot)
The development has added to the anger of Sikhs in the area, who had already decided to boycott BJP leaders, including Khattar, until he tenders his apology at the gurdwara in Dachar village.(HT Photot)

Haryana CM cancels visit to Sikh-dominated village amid protest threat

Hindustan Times, Karnal | By Neeraj Mohan
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 09:55 AM IST
Development comes 4 days after CM cancelled visit to gurdwara in another village with portrait of Bhindranwale.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun(HT File)
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun(HT File)

Twitter blocks account of Sikhs for Justice’s legal adviser

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 09:32 AM IST
Pannun was behind organising a meeting in Trafalgar Square, London, on August 12 to build support for Referendum 2020, which he has been propagating for getting Punjab declared as a separate state of Khalistan.
The Air India plane carrying 111 passengers and a crew of six was hijacked on September 29, 1981 by five knife-wielding Khalistan supporters.(Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint File)
The Air India plane carrying 111 passengers and a crew of six was hijacked on September 29, 1981 by five knife-wielding Khalistan supporters.(Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint File)

Delhi Court acquits two Sikh separatists over 1981 Air India plane hijacking

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 10:57 PM IST
Tajinder Pal Singh and Satnam Singh were charged with waging war against India and sedition for hijacking the Air India plane to Lahore in 1981.
Sandeep Singh(HT Photo)
Sandeep Singh(HT Photo)

No police challan in 90 days, man held for links with Oz Khalistani outfit gets bail

Hindustan Times, Faridkot | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 10:02 AM IST
Police failed to file a charge-sheet in court within the stipulated 90 days.
A poster on the Punjab Referendum 2020, San Jose, California, 2018(HT)
A poster on the Punjab Referendum 2020, San Jose, California, 2018(HT)

The Referendum 2020 has put a strain on India-UK ties

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 07:34 PM IST
A negative fallout on the diplomatic front set to go beyond the London show. New Delhi made no bones about how it is irritated over Britain for allowing “a separatist activity which impinged on India’s territorial integrity and seeks to propagate violence, secessionism and hatred”.
More than 2,500 pro-Khalistan supporters gathered to issue what the organiser, US-based Sikhs for Justice, called a “London declaration” to hold the “Referendum 2020”.(HT Photo)
More than 2,500 pro-Khalistan supporters gathered to issue what the organiser, US-based Sikhs for Justice, called a “London declaration” to hold the “Referendum 2020”.(HT Photo)

‘Referendum 2020’ a futile exercise, say political parties

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 10:39 AM IST
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has already rejected the event, dubbing the Trafalgar Square rally as an attempt by a handful of frustrated ISI-backed foreign-based Sikhs to foment trouble in Punjab and India.
More than 2,500 pro-Khalistan supporters gathered to issue what the organiser, US-based Sikhs for Justice, called a “London declaration” to hold the “referendum” in 2020.(HT Photo)
More than 2,500 pro-Khalistan supporters gathered to issue what the organiser, US-based Sikhs for Justice, called a “London declaration” to hold the “referendum” in 2020.(HT Photo)

India supporters protest at pro-Khalistan event in London

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 02:15 PM IST
The pro-India group held placards (including some with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi), sang patriotic songs and danced to the accompaniment of loud dhols, as the rival group tried to drown out the chorus with slogans in support of Khalistan and against the Indian government.
The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) is behind the event in Trafalgar Square, during which a call is to be issued for a so-called “non-binding referendum“ on the independence of Punjab.(HT File Photo)
The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) is behind the event in Trafalgar Square, during which a call is to be issued for a so-called “non-binding referendum“ on the independence of Punjab.(HT File Photo)

Take note of bilateral ties, India tells UK on pro-Khalistan event in London

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 08:08 PM IST
British authorities have rejected demands that permission be denied for the pro-Khalistan event citing freedom of expression.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Sukhpal Singh Khaira

As referendum remark kicks up storm, Khaira tries to backpedal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2018 11:14 AM IST
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the AAP leader was “backing secessionism” by supporting the campaign.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira(HT FILE)
Sukhpal Singh Khaira(HT FILE)

Khaira’s support to ‘Referendum 2020’ lands AAP in a mess again in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ravinder Vasudeva
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 10:03 PM IST
Khaira, in a press release hours after the “support” statement went viral, said that those at the helm of affairs should know that “it was due to great sacrifices made by Sikhs and Punjabis that India won its freedom”.
Many Sikh hardliners gathered around the takht to observe the Operation Bluestar anniversary in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Many Sikh hardliners gathered around the takht to observe the Operation Bluestar anniversary in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Operation Bluestar anniv: Jathedar’s address peaceful amid pro-Khalistan slogans

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Surjit Singh, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 09:25 PM IST
Sikh hardliners also displayed portrait of Jagtar Singh Hawara, convict in former Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassination case, calling him their jathedar.
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