MEA takes tough stance on Khalistan referendum in Canada


New Delhi: India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken a tough stance on the recent Khalistani referendum in Canada, saying on Thursday that it found it “deeply objectionable” that politically motivated practices of extremist elements are being allowed in a friendly country.

“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”.

“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.

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