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‘We will protect your freedom,’ Canada PM Trudeau tells Sikhs amid pro-Khalistan slogans


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau addresses the occasion in reference to Khalsa day celebrations at Metropolis Corridor, Toronto, April 28, 2024, on this nonetheless taken from a video. — X/@sidhant

LONDON/TORONTO: Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured practically 1,000,000 Canadians of Sikh heritage that his authorities will all the time be there to guard their rights and freedom, as tens of hundreds raised slogans in help of Khalistan earlier than the previous on the event of Khalsa Day on Sunday in Toronto.

Within the movies launched by Sikh teams, chants of “Khalistan Zindabad” and tribute to “Shaheed Hardeep Singh Nijjar” will be heard through the speech of PM Trudeau who appeared on while a charged congregation of Sikhs raised slogans.

Professional-Khalistan slogans had been additionally raised within the presence of opposition chief Pierre Poilievre, Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and outstanding Canadian Sikh chief Jagmeet Singh, chief of the New Democratic Get together. All of them spoke to the Sikh crowd.

Trudeau advised the group: “The story of the Sikh group in Canada is, in truth, the story of Canada…To the practically 800 thousand Canadians of Sikh heritage throughout this nation, we are going to all the time be there to guard your rights and your freedom, and we are going to all the time defend your group in opposition to hatred and discrimination.”

The Canadian PM additionally stated the nation is enhancing the safety and infrastructure programmes by “including extra safety at group centres and locations of worship, together with Gurdwaras.”

“Your proper to apply your faith freely, and with out intimidation is strictly that. A basic proper assured within the Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms that we’ll all the time rise up and defend you for,” Trudeau assured the Sikh group in his Khalsa Day deal with in reference to the assaults Canadian Sikhs from the Indian govt.

He stated, “Vaisakhi brings collectively family and friends. I do know that lots of you’ve got family members who you wish to see extra typically. That is why, our authorities has negotiated a brand new settlement with India so as to add extra flights and extra routes between our nations. And we are going to preserve working with our counterparts so as to add much more flights, together with to Amritsar.”

1000’s of Sikhs reached Toronto on Sunday for one of many largest yearly gatherings within the metropolis. Vaisakhi, which can be referred to as Khalsa Day, celebrates the founding of the Sikh group in 1699. It is usually the Sikh New 12 months.

Trudeau’s remarks come at a time when the diplomatic relations between India and Canada are on the rocks after the assassination of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and Khalistan Referendum’s Canadian head Hardeep Singh Nijjar by the Indian state brokers final yr and an unsuccessful try on the lifetime of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the SFJ founder who’s each Canadian and American nationwide. Nijjar was killed as he got here out of a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on the night of June 18, 2023.

Trudeau on September 18, 2023, advised the Canadian Home of Commons that Canadian safety companies had been actively pursuing “credible allegations of a possible hyperlink” between brokers of the Authorities of India and the killing of Nijjar. The PM has been constant in his condemnation of Indian-sponsored terrorism, primarily on Canadian soil.

The Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) says it’s clear Nijjar was killed by the Indian govt for operating the profitable Khalistan Referendum marketing campaign in varied Canadian states, attended by tens of hundreds of Sikhs in an enormous present of opposition to India and for the creating of Khalistan.

In November final yr, the US (US) authorities thwarted an Indian conspiracy to assassinate a pro-Khalistan chief of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) Mr Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil and issued a warning to India’s authorities over issues it was concerned within the plot. The US federal prosecutors have filed a sealed indictment in opposition to not less than one perpetrator of the plot in a New York district court docket.

Washington shared particulars of the Pannun case with a wider group of allies after Trudeau went public with particulars of the Vancouver killing, the mixture of which sparked concern amongst allies a few potential sample of behaviour.

US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen additionally stated in September that Ottawa obtained details about the Vancouver case of Nijjar from the intelligence-sharing community “5 Eyes”, which includes the US, United Kingdom (UK), Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The Khalistan Referendum voting marketing campaign is being organised beneath the supervision of the Prime Time News24 Punjab Referendum Fee (PRC).

The voting began on October 31, 2021, from London — UK and have to date been held in a number of cities throughout Britian, Geneva Switzerland, Rome and Milan (Italy), Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney; and Canadian cities of Brampton, Mississauga, Malton (Ontario), Vancouver (British Columbia) and two states of the US.

India’s response

The Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs expressed outrage over the occasion and summoned the Canadian Deputy Excessive Commissioner to protest in opposition to the pro-Khalistan slogans raised within the occasion which was addressed by the Canadian premier.

A press release issued by the Indian ministry termed the event an illustration of “political area” given in Canada to “separatism, extremism and violence”. It additional acknowledged that such expressions would impression the bilateral ties between each nations.

‘Modi — Wished’ banner

Pannun, central chief of SFJ, wrote on X that pro-Khalistan Sikhs demanded the prosecution of Indian Excessive Commissioner Sanjay Verma for orchestrating Nijjar’s assassination throughout Trudeau’s speech.

He added the SFJ activists displayed the “Wished” banner of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the “Face of Shaheed Nijjar’s Killer” and raised “Khalistan Zindabad” slogans.

Trudeau’s deal with is reassuring that “Professional Khalistan Sikhs Proper To Marketing campaign For Liberation of Punjab From Indian Occupation is protected beneath Canadian Constitution of Rights and the Liberal Authorities will all the time stand with the Canadian Sikhs”, the put up learn.

SFJ will proceed Part III of Khalistan Referendum Voting in Calgary AB on twenty eighth July 2024. Khalistan Referendum Part III is devoted to Shaheed Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Canadian Sikhs who attained martyrdom through the Nineties armed wrestle for the creation of Khalistan, it concluded.

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