Khalistan Referendum: Pakistan’s Sponsors Separatist Propaganda

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In recent times, pro-Khalistan sentiments and anti-India rhetoric have gained traction in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. Despite India’s firm stance, these governments have refrained from taking substantial action against pro-Khalistan elements within their borders.

Their justification? They argue it falls within the realm of democratic processes and respects their legal boundaries. However, let’s be real here, their antics won’t make a dent in their own backyard so why counter it?

Pannu has employed various legal strategies to shed light on the 1984 Sikh genocide and associate it with the Khalistan movement, often mobilizing groups of individuals who have been compensated to advocate for an implausible narrative of a Sikh independent state-sponsored by Canada and a Khalistan Referendum. Interestingly, the movement is focused on the Indian Punjab and not the West Punjab province that lies in Pakistan.

This report delves into the detailed analysis of the Khalistan referendum’s global tour since 2018, its secessionist nature, and Pakistan’s tactics to keep its hate propaganda alive.

The detailed analysis of the Khalistan referendum and the machinations behind it reveal a complex web of interests, subversion, and propaganda. While proponents of Khalistan have been relentless in their efforts to create a separatist movement, India’s resilience and commitment to preserving its unity remain unshaken.

The Khalistan movement’s focus on the Indian Punjab, rather than West Punjab in Pakistan, underscores the ulterior motives of its sponsors. This exposes the opportunistic nature of Pakistan’s involvement, using Khalistan as a pawn for its strategic interests.

The referendum may be a global tour since 2018, but it is a journey fraught with divisive intentions and external manipulation.

“Referendum 2020” is a radical Sikh movement, believed to have been supported by Pakistan’s ISI, aimed at seeking Punjab’s independence from India and establishing Khalistan as a separate state.

According to Sleuths in India and the report by TOI  some documents related to this movement, known as “Operation Express” within ISI circles, came to light in 2018. Among them was an internal memo proposing the launch of “Referendum 2020” on June 6, 2020, coinciding with the 36th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Sleuths in India claimed to have uncovered documents on Pakistan Army’s Lt Col Shahid Mehmood Malhi’s computer that outline a detailed plan for “Referendum 2020.” While SFJ has denied any sinister motives, the documents accessed by TOI indicate that ISI has been collaborating with specific groups in Pakistan and elsewhere to further this initiative. 

Sikh extremists have amassed a formidable influence by wielding their control over the community’s votes, even on distant shores. These audacious referendums have become their weapon of choice, allowing them to assert their dominance with a calculated flair.

A live stream was conducted by Pannu on 18 November 2020, during which he made an announcement regarding the establishment of the Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC). This commission has been assigned the responsibility of developing a voting plan for the referendum, including determining the initial country where the voting process will commence and announcing the date for voting.

DFRAC has previously also analyzed the workings of the PRC in their analysis, but it’s also important to understand the factions involved in its commencement.

The announcement of a new referendum date swiftly followed the easing of COVID restrictions, with the updated date set for 31st October 2021 over a live stream conducted on 11, Aug 2021.

Notable individuals present in the livestream included Khalid Mahmood( a Labour MP from Birmingham), Dr. Bakhshish Singh(President of the Khalistan Council) Jatinder Singh Grewal(International Policy Director for SFJ) Parmjit Singh Pamma, (Khalistan Tiger Force Member).

Read the full report here.

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