“We are all aware of the history of violence in this regard,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, while describing the so-called Khalistan referendum as “a farcical exercise by extremists and radical elements”.
It is a farcical practice held by extremist and radical elements in Canada. The case was discussed by the Canadian authorities. We find it deeply objectionable that politically motivated practices are allowed in a friendly country: MEA’s face on Canada’s Khalistani referendum pic.twitter.com/Mye00hXMQ4
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2022
“We find it deeply objectionable that the politically motivated practices of extremist elements are allowed in a friendly country,” Bagchi said, adding that the issue is being raised by Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels.
The Government of Canada has reiterated that it respects India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and does not recognize the so-called referendum, the MEA spokesperson added.
According to the information, Sikh for Justice, a terrorist organization banned in India, organized a referendum in Canada on September 18. Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, who is the head of this terrorist group, allegedly promotes anti-India activities.