Canada’s Sikh community participates in rally ahead of Khalistan referendum

Members of Canada's Sikh community participate in an Azad Khalistan rally near the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia, ahead of the Khalistan referendum on October 28, 2023.  - Photo by author
Members of Canada’s Sikh community participate in the ‘Azad Khalistan’ rally near the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia, ahead of the Khalistan referendum on October 28, 2023. – Photo by author

Vancouver, Canada: A day before the Khalistan referendum, a large rally was held in Surrey, British Columbia, in which members of the Sikh community marched for a distance of two kilometers carrying Khalistan flags.

This rally was organized against India and a center for voting was set up in the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.

During the rally, participants raised slogans such as “Khalsa of Delhi Bane,Where are you going Khalsa,Punjab became Khalistan” And “Azad Khalistan“With enthusiasm and enthusiasm.

The participants also demanded justice for martyr Hardeep Singh Nijjar and urged the authorities to take action against his killers.

Attendees applauded the stance of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has publicly accused India of killing a Sikh leader and hunting down several other Canadian Sikhs, and the Indian government’s criticism of state terrorism occurring within Canada. Have condemned.

Rally participants vowed to preserve the values ​​and vision of Nijjar, who met a tragic end at the hands of Indian agents in June. They enthusiastically raised slogans such as “Hardeep Nijjar Who is your enemy? Hindustan, Hindustan!,

Looking ahead, several thousand Sikhs are set to participate in the upcoming referendum on October 29 (Sunday). Just three months earlier, 135,000 Sikhs had rallied in support of Sikh causes at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia.

Addressing the Khalistan Council, Chairman Dr Bakshish Singh Sandhu said that the Sikh nation is demanding from India the same rights which India had exercised during the occupation of Junagadh State in 1948.

He said that the global community stands in solidarity with the Sikh nation in the quest for independence of Punjab, which they wish to achieve through a referendum in which the right to vote will be exercised.

Dr. Sandhu suggests that the right to hold referendums is given by countries to their citizens. He said that the killing of Nijjar has united the entire Sikh nation.

Dr. Sandhu has reported that, according to the Canadian government, the Indian government is concerned about Nijjar’s murder because Trudeau has indicated that his country has significant evidence related to the murder of the Sikh leader.

Sikhs commemorate Nijjar, who was assassinated before the referendum, by displaying his photographs outside the gurudwara.

A huge board with photographs of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Ambassador to Canada Jai ​​Krishna was put up in front of the Guru Nanak Singh Sikh Gurdwara in Vancouver.

The photographs are a means of conveying that the persons responsible for Neejar’s murder are of Indian origin, as stated by Dr. Sindhu.

Nijjar served as the chief coordinator of the Khalistan referendum campaign in Canada and had strong links with US-based Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Pannun holds the position of Counsel General within Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), the advocacy group overseeing global Khalistan referendum efforts.

Nijjar, Pannun, UK-based Paramjit Singh Pamma and others were designated “terrorists” by the Indian government in 2020.

He was also the president of Canada’s largest Gurdwara – the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in British Columbia.

The Khalistan referendum voting campaign is being conducted under the supervision of the independent Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC) which will announce the results once all the phases are completed.

Voting began on October 31, 2021 in London, UK and has so far been conducted in several UK cities, Geneva Switzerland, Rome and Milan (Italy), Australian cities Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney; and the Canadian cities Brampton, Mississauga, Malton (Ontario), and Vancouver (British Columbia).

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