On the day the so-called Sikh Referendum was held in Brampton, Ontario, Pakistan’s Consul General Janbaz Khan visited two pro-Khalistan Gurudwara in Surrey in Vancouver, ostensibly to thank members of the office of sending donations for flood relief in Pakistan.
Pakistani CG Khan, who has completed two stints in India with the Pakistani High Commission, visited pro-Khalistan Sri Dashmesh Darbar and Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara in Surrey on September 18 with two officers from his consulate and held secret meetings with separatist leaders. .
The President of Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara is Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who wears a ₹A 10 lakh bounty on his head as he is wanted in four NIA cases involving Sikh radicalism, including the plot to kill a Hindu priest in Phillaur in Punjab. The Dashmesh Darbar Temple is also run by pro-separatist and Nijjar-friendly elements.
While Justin Trudeau’s government formally communicated to India on September 16 that it does not recognize the so-called referendum and respects India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the fact is that due to the constrained by vote banks, the Canadian government did little to curb anti-Indian tendencies within the radicalized Sikh community. The anguish of the Indians was communicated verbally and in writing in Toronto to the highest political and institutional levels of security.
While Khalistan Tiger Force leader Nijjar was the representative of the outlawed Sikhs for Justice platform led by US separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, Pakistan CG’s visit on Brampton Referendum Day confirms that the Pakistani Deep State fishing in troubled waters.
It has now been known for decades that the Pakistani ISI is the main actor behind this Sikh separatist movement with several of India’s most wanted Sikh terrorists taking refuge in Lahore. Over the past decades, India has handed over files of Sikh terrorists and gangsters who had taken refuge in Pakistan to Islamabad for deporting them to their home countries, but to no avail.
Nijjar and another associate, Moninder Singh Boyle, former chairman of Dashmesh Darbar, were instrumental in launching a campaign against Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was acquitted in the 2005 bombing case of Air India Kanishka. Malik was murdered in Surrey on July 24, 2022.