Canada doesn’t support or recognise Khalistan referendums & stands for united India, says envoy

Canada doesn’t support or recognise Khalistan referendums & stands for united India, says envoy

Canada “does not support and does not recognise” the so-called ‘Khalistan referendums’ being carried out frequently in that country by banned Sikh outfits and supports a “united India”, said Cameron MacKay, High Commissioner of Canada to India. 

MacKay, who took charge as Canada’s envoy to India in March this year, told ThePrint in an exclusive interview that holding of such so-called referendums are considered to be a “private activity” in that country and according to Canadian laws “people have right to freedom of assembly, people have the right to freedom of expression”. 

However, the High Commissioner also said that the Justin Trudeau government strongly believed in and stood for a “united India”. 

MacKay’s comments came days before Sikh extremist groups in Canada are planning to hold another referendum on 6 November. India has already asked Canada to prevent this from taking place. The last one was held on 19 September in Brampton, Ontario, following which India issued a rare travel advisory against Canada, over rising anti-India incidents and hate crimes. 

“Canadian government does not support, does not recognise the so-called ‘Khalistan referendum’. Canada supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India — a united India,” said MacKay. 

He stressed that the Canadian security and intelligence authorities continue to “work very closely with their Indian counterparts. We’re all on exactly the same page when it comes to extremism and terrorism,” he said. 

He added that Ottawa, too, had concerns over cross-border crime between Canada and India. 

On the issue of vandalism at the Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto in September, the High Commissioner said some suspects were apprehended. “Canada is a rule of law country and we will enforce the law,” he said. 

“We also have some concerns about cross-border crime between Canada and India. Over the last year, we have had the NIA (National Investigation Agency) from India visit Canada for an outreach, to talk to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) — the national police force in Canada. The RCMP were here last week working closely with the NIA on training exercises to make sure we can cooperate effectively together,” he said. 

“So, there’s a lot of cooperation day-to-day between all of our security and intelligence forces. No one can divide Canada and India in terms of us standing together against terrorism, extremism and cross-border crime,” he added. 

On the issue of tensions between both countries over Trudeau’s remarks on the 2020 farmers’ protests in India, which had created discontent in the Narendra Modi government towards the Canadian PM, MacKay said, “The relationship is back on track, we would like to see it stay that way. I am optimistic that the Indian government sees it the same way. I think occasionally between two big democracies like ourselves there will be some tensions, there will be what we call irritants in diplomacy that need to be managed. We are trying to manage those and focus on bigger issues.” 

“Canada and India have so much in common, being democracies, being countries that support pluralism and rule of law,” he added. 

The Canadian High Commissioner also spoke on a proposed trade deal between the two countries, joint military exercises and the post-Covid backlog in the issuing of student visas.



406-kg heroin seized in four months: Punjab Police

406-kg heroin seized in four months: Punjab Police

The Punjab Police have arrested 6,997 drug smugglers since July 5. The police have registered a total of 5,346 first information reports (FIRs) of which 580 are related to seizure of commercial quantity of drugs.

Addressing a weekly press conference here on Monday, Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill said police teams had recovered 259.7 kg heroin from across the state after carrying out cordon and search operations in drug-affected areas besides laying nakas at vulnerable routes across the state. 

Additionally, 147.5 kg heroin was recovered by the teams of Punjab Police from seaports of Gujarat and Maharashtra, taking the total effective recovery of heroin to 406.5 kg in just four months, he said.



5 gangsters held after gunfight in Jalandhar

5 gangsters held after gunfight in Jalandhar

A joint operation by the Jalandhar Rural police and the Delhi Police on Tuesday at Chak Jhandu village of Bhogpur led to the arrest five persons having links with Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh Landa.

The gangsters, six in all, were reportedly hiding inside a vacant house when the police raided the village around 6 am. As the cops were about to enter the house, a brief encounter took place. The accused managed to escape after firing three rounds and hid in sugarcane fields. Using drones, ropes and dog squads, the police managed to arrest five of them, while the sixth managed to flee. Those arrested were identified as Sanjeev Kumar, alias Nanu, and Sandeep Kumar, alias Sabi, both of Kartarpur in Jalandhar; Gurbir Singh, alias Ginni, of Adampur; and Manpreet, alias Mann, and Lovepreet Singh, alias Chinni, both of Chheharta in Amritsar. 

One glock pistol, two .32 bore revolvers, cartridges and three motorcycles were seized from their possession. A case under Sections 307, 353, 186, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered at the Bhogpur police station. 

The police claimed Landa was preparing a team of gangsters by providing them weapons for carrying out crimes related to extortion and targeted killings. 

SSP Swarandeep Singh said Phillaur cops got a tip-off about the gangsters in Bhogpur. “The Delhi police too had the information since the accused were wanted by them. Efforts are on to nab the sixth accused,” he said. 

SP Sarabjit Singh Bahia said, “Our teams were after Manpreet and Lovepreet as their links were being probed in a case of arms seizure. They were also reportedly linked with a similar case in Moga recently in which a Jalandhar cop was injured.” — TNS



Pakistan housing Sikh extremists in historic Gurdwaras to push anti-India agenda

Pakistan housing Sikh extremists in historic Gurdwaras to push anti-India agenda

Ravinder Singh Pinka, who along with his 8 accomplices, hijacked an Indian Airlines plane from Srinagar to Lahore in 1984 is roaming free at Gurdwara Panja Sahib and mingling with Sikh devotees who have gone to Pakistan to observe the 100th anniversary of ‘Saka Panja Sahib’. 

A picture shows that while Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh was visiting the gurdwara in Pakistan, Pinka saw a photo opportunity and started walking along with him. This photo went viral on social media. 

When the SGPC officials were informed about the hijacker Ravinder Pinka, the video was immediately taken off the website of the religious body. But, by then several people had taken screenshots of the picture which is now stoking a controversy. 

An official of the SGPC said that the Jathedar belongs to the entire community and nobody is prohibited from meeting him. Giani Ji might not even be knowing or recognising Pinka, he explained. 

Ravinder Pinka and his 8 partners in crime were given a death sentence by a Pakistan court but were released under an amnesty scheme. 

Since then, all the hijackers, according to Indian agencies, have been residing in Pakistan. They continue to carry forward the anti-India agenda of the ISI. 

It is common knowledge that Khalistanis like Harvinder Singh alias Rinda, Wadhawa Singh, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Lakhbir Singh Rode, Ranjeet Singh Neeta, Gajender Singh, Manjit Fauji and Manjit Pinka, are regularly sighted at historical Gurdwaras in Pakistan and sermonise Sikh visitors. 

Khalistanis in order to exploit religious sentiments always deliberately operate from Gurdwaras. They post profile pictures with the holy Panja Sahib Gurdwara which is linked to Guru Nanak Dev, in the background to convey that they are “pious”.



Pakistan's 'New Game Plan'? Khalistani Terrorists in Lahore Gurdwaras to 'Radicalise' Indian Sikhs

Pakistan's 'New Game Plan'? Khalistani Terrorists in Lahore Gurdwaras to 'Radicalise' Indian Sikhs

Pro-Khalistan terrorist groups have infiltrated gurdwaras in Pakistan’s Lahore under a “new game plan” by India’s neighbour in a bid to promote extremism in the Indian Sikh community against Hindus and the central government, intelligence sources said. 

According to intelligence inputs, the alleged hijacker of the Srinagar-Lahore flight in 1984 was seen meeting Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh in Panja Sahib Gurdwara in Lahore. Pakistan’s game plan as such is to keep Khalistani extremists in gurdwaras in Lahore so that they can “radicalise” Sikh devotees, sources said. 

Intelligence sources further said the alleged flight hijacker Ravinder Singh Pinka and his associates were meeting Sikh devotees from India, who have gone to Pakistan to observe the 100th anniversary of Saka Panja Sahib. Pinka deliberately clicked a photo with Giani Harpreet Singh, which was accessed by CNN-News18. 

Later, however, when officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) were informed about Pinka, the video was immediately taken down from the SGPC website. 

Sources also said the jathedar belonged to the entire community and nobody was prohibited from meeting him, and that Giani Harpreet Singh might not even know or recognise Pinka. 

Intelligence sources said such radical elements were everywhere in Lahore and deliberately contacted Indians coming for darshan to these gurdwaras to radicalise them. 

CNN-News18 has earlier accessed video and audio of Lahore-based Khalistani elements like Ranjeet Singh, alias Neeta, who is the chief of Pakistan-based Khalistani Zindabad Force, as well as Akashdeep Singh alias Akash Randhawa, who was arrested in Tarn Taran in September. Both were allegedly involved in the delivery of arms and ammunition from Pakistan via drones. 

There are many reports of pro-Khalistan terrorist groups in Lahore, which are raising funds for operations and organising weapon shipments across the border. In September, a photograph of another alleged hijacker, Dal Khalsa chief Gajinder Singh, was mistakenly released on Facebook, exposing his whereabouts. While Indian authorities have long known about Gajinder’s presence in Lahore, the photo was an example of ISI’s links to terrorism in Pakistan’s Punjab. 

India is looking for such Lahore-based pro-Khalistan leaders, who are accused of assassinations, terrorist bombings and hijackings. They also run online anti-India propaganda through poems and Facebook posts. 

Last year, a blast at the Ludhiana court complex that killed one person and injured at least five was also carried out by Lahore-based pro-Khalistan terrorists using local gangsters, as per intelligence inputs.



New Khalistani recruits have no ideological conviction: Punjab Police probe

New Khalistani recruits have no ideological conviction: Punjab Police probe

The probe into pro-Khalistan modules busted in Punjab recently has revealed that foreign-based terrorists and their local handlers are using money to lure the state’s youth, who in fact lack ideological conviction. 

According to an internal analysis of the intelligence wing of Punjab Police, made available by a highly placed source, most of those arrested in these cases belong to non-Sikh families with poor financial background. A senior official of the internal security wing, which deals with such cases, said the arrested youths were mostly unemployed and had been promised money or a future abroad. 

The recent arrests and recoveries pertain to grenade attacks at an army camp in Pathankot and a similar attack on a CIA police station in SBS Nagar, both in last November, besides another grenade attack on a police post in Rupnagar on March 9, the eve of assembly election results in Punjab. 

Among the six suspects identified by the SBS Nagar police in the Pathankot grenade blast — in which International Youth Sikh Federation (IYSF) chief Lakhbir Singh Rode, who is based in Pakistan, has been identified as the mastermind —four belong to very poor families. 

Police officials who have quizzed these suspects claim that while one Gurwinder Singh, 30, of Kharal village in Gurdaspur was promised a job in Dubai and free travel from India, another Raman Kumar, 19, was a drug addict and was paid a meagre amount of ₹12,000 to join the module. 

Similarly, in the CIA police station case, the module members were ordinary youths apart from one Kuldeep Kumar, alias Sunny, from Ludhiana who had motivated them to carry out the grenade attack in SBS Nagar on November 7 last year. Sunny lured the local youth having petty criminal record using personal links or distant friendships and would allocate money as per their role, found the police probe. 

Sandeep Sharma, senior superintendent of police (SSP), SBS Nagar, said those who performed the task under the guidance of their masters are neither radical nor they know much about Khalistan. “Sunny lured them with money on behalf of Rinda. The money involved ranges from ₹15,000 to ₹1 lakh,” said the SSP. 

In the Rupnagar police post case, those arrested from a village in Himachal Pradesh’s Una were having no criminal background and belonged to poor families. Aman, 28, who had hidden a tiffin bomb in a well that was recovered during the raid on April 22, is the cousin of another suspect from the Una village who had come in contact with Sunny during his stay in Ludhiana. 

Aman had done bachelor of commerce from a local college and was promised ₹1 lakh besides migration abroad, the probe revealed. According to the FIR, Rinda has been identified as the main conspirator in this case too. 

Senior police officials say that even in the terror module busted for a motorcycle blast in Fazilka’s Jalalabad in September last year, the youth, Praveen Kumar, who planted the bomb was having no radical inclination. 

The new trend, Punjab Police senior officials say, is contrary to the earlier trend when those running such modules used to radicalise the youth with pro-Khalistan propoganda through social media and then motivate them to carry out terror activities. 

“Now, it is being seen that the mastermind sitting abroad gives directions to his aide in Punjab, who then involves the local youth using peer pressure, drugs or money. It is a worrying trend that surely poses a bigger challenge to us,” said the internal security wing officer cited earlier.



‘ISI Pushing Pro-Khalisatni Elements To Carry Out Terror Strikes In India’

‘ISI Pushing Pro-Khalisatni Elements To Carry Out Terror Strikes In India’

Sources in the intelligence agencies said that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) is pushing pro-Khalistani elements to carry out major terror strikes in India. 

The sources, quoting intelligence inputs, said that pro-Khalistani entities with the help of ISI are continuing with their efforts to smuggle IEDs, arms, ammunition and explosives into Punjab to carry out terrorist strikes in major cities of the country. 

They also said that the ISI, in collusion with foreign based pro-Khalistani entities, is planning to use gangsters and local criminals in Haryana and Punjab to accomplish its terrorist agenda. 

Haryana Police on Thursday claimed to have foiled a major terror attack bid with the arrest of four ‘highly radicalised’ Punjab-based terrorists, who were in touch with the ISI, from the Bastara toll plaza in Karnal in a joint operation with their Punjab counterparts and Central security agencies. 

A large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were seized from their possession. The accused persons were going to deliver the explosives at Adilabad in Telangana, the police said. 

Besides key accused Gurpreet Singh, who had met Rajbir Singh, an associate of Pakistan-based handler Harjinder Singh Rinda, in jail, the other suspects have been identified as Bhupinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Parminder Singh, all from Punjab. 

They were arrested from the toll plaza when they were on their way to Delhi in a white Toyota Innova. 

Rinda’s name had cropped up in connection with the blast in a court in Ludhiana last year. 

Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Sandeep Khirwar, said the police have recovered three IEDs, one Pakistan-made pistol, 31 cartridges and Rs 1.30 lakh in cash from the arrested persons in Karnal. 

Officials said the weapons were air-dropped using a drone at the behest of Rinda in Ferozepur, Punjab. During interrogation, Gurpreet confessed that they received the explosives from across the border. 

Recently, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), on ISI’s behest, had posted a message on social media threatening the chief ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab that banning the Khalistani campaign might lead to an armed conflict, the sources in the intelligence network said. 

SFJ is a US-based separatist group that supports the secession of Punjab from India as Khalistan.



4 ‘Khalistani’ terrorists arrested in Haryana’s Karnal received weapons via drones

4 ‘Khalistani’ terrorists arrested in Haryana’s Karnal received weapons via drones

Four suspected 'Khalistani' terrorists were arrested in Karnal, Haryana. Security personnel said a weapon consignment had been delivered to them via drones. 

The four suspects were identified as Gurpreet, Amandeep, Parminder, and Bhupinder who belong to Punjab. 

The police have recovered a pistol and 31 live cartridges, 3 IEDs, 6 mobile phones and cash amounting to Rs 1.3 lakh. “The weapons were air-dropped using a drone by Khalistani terrorist Harjinder Singh Rinda from Pakistan in Ferozepur district,” an official said. 

Rinda had sent the consignment using an app along with a location in Adilabad. The accused also received arms and ammunition in Ferozepur in the past. 

An FIR has been registered against six people. Apart from the four arrested, Pakistan-based Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist, Harvinder Singh Rinda and Batala-based Rajveer Singh also figure in the FIR.

The pistol and ammunition seized from the suspected terrorists in Karnal.


Harjinder Singh is from the Tarn Taran district of Punjab. At the age of 11, Rinda shifted to Nanded Sahib in Maharashtra with his family. As per police records, Rinda, at the age of 18, had killed one of his relatives in Tarn Taran over a family dispute. 

In Nanded Sahib, he started extorting money from local traders and killed at least two people. Once a student leader, Harjinder Singh aka Rinda Sandhu, who is currently hiding in Pakistan, is wanted by the Chandigarh Police in four criminal cases, including murder, attempt to murder, extortion and under the Arms Act. These cases were registered between 2016 and 2018. Investigations have revealed that Rinda entered Pakistan through Nepal using a fake Indian passport. 

Besides these, Rinda is facing more than a dozen criminal cases in Punjab and Maharashtra. 

The 35-year-old ISI stooge Rinda, who, according to sources, is in Lahore, is also suspected of carrying out a terror attack at the Nawanshahr Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) building on November 8 last year. 

After entering Pakistan, Rinda along with other 'Khalistani' terrorists, was tasked with the revival of terrorism in Punjab. 


Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said: The arrested suspects are associated with a terrorist organisation. According to the input received from Punjab, they have no relation with Haryana."



Indian-Americans furious over US state assembly's open support for Sikh independent state 'Khalistan' within India

Indian-Americans furious over US state assembly's open support for Sikh independent state 'Khalistan' within India

Indian Americans have expressed outrage over a citation issued by the general assembly of the US state of Connecticut recognising an anniversary of the so-called “declaration of Sikh independence”. 

In the “official citation” dated April 29, the Connecticut general assembly congratulated the pro-Khalistan organisation World Sikh Parliament “in recognition of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh independence”. 

“This initiative is from a few fringe elements who have no interest in the state of Connecticut, but promoting their own personal divisive agenda,” said Thomas Abraham, chairman of the influential Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). 

“Indian American community in Connecticut consists of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis. All these communities live together as one Indian community and Connecticut state has no business to comment on issues pertaining to local issues in India or supporting fringe elements to promote their divisive agenda,” Abraham said. 

GOPIO has written to Connecticut State Senators and Assembly Representatives who introduced this citation to dissociate themselves from it. 

“There are 20 million Sikhs living peacefully with all other communities all over India and this citation goes against the integrity of India,” said Ashok Nichani, president of Connecticut chapter of GOPIO. 

The citation has resulted in outrage among Indian Americans with many of them urging President Joe Biden's administration to condemn it. 

Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate in New York condemned the citation and termed it an “attempt by some mischievous elements to use the name of the Assembly for their nefarious purposes”. 

“These vested interests seek to divide communities and promote bigotry and hatred,” the consulate said.



SFJ threatens Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann & DGP over taking action on Patiala clash culprits

SFJ threatens Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann & DGP over taking action on Patiala clash culprits

In a fresh provocation, terrorist outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) warned Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and DGP Viresh Bhawra against taking action against the Khalistan supporters who are accused in the Patiala violence case. SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu was heard inciting communal tensions in a video by claiming that Sikhs gave a fitting response to the "Hindu extremists" in Patiala. He also cautioned Mann and Bhawra against following a policy pursued by the late CM Beant Singh failing which they will have to face consequences. 

Singh was assassinated in a bomb blast on August 31, 1995. In the video, Pannu also asked the police to not disrespect family members of the Sikhs named in connection with the Patiala clash. Moreover, he warned that the children of AAP leaders and police officials studying in Australia, the UK, Canada and the US will be forced by SFJ to return back home if the children of the accused are harassed. 

Patiala clashes

4 persons were injured when a clash took place outside the Kali Mata temple in Patiala on April 29 between the members of an outfit called Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) and some Khalistan supporters. Brandishing swords and sticks, the miscreants espousing the separatist cause were seen taking on the Sena workers and this was followed by stone-pelting from both sides. Subsequently, the local authorities imposed a curfew in Patiala and three senior cops- SSP Nanak Singh, IGP Rakesh Agrawal and SP Harpal Singh were transferred. 

Coming under fire from the opposition over this major law and order incident, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann told the media on April 30, 'This was a clash between two political parties and not between two communities. In Punjab people live in peace. A probe is going on over who instigated the violent incidents. No one will be spared". On May 1, prime accused Barjinder Singh Parwana was remanded to 4-day police custody by the District Court. Parwana, a disciple of the Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal, has made controversial comments on the UAPA and 1984 riots in the past and is alleged to be the mastermind of the April 29 clash. 

On January 5, PM Modi who was scheduled to inaugurate projects worth Rs 42,750 crores and address a joint BJP-PLC-SAD(D) rally in Ferozepur, returned to Delhi after a brief security breach. Around 30 km away from Hussainiwala, the Prime Minister's convoy was blocked by some protestors leading to him being stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. While the Supreme Court constituted a 5-member inquiry committee headed by former SC judge Justice Indu Malhotra, Pannu claimed responsibility for the PM's security breach in a pre-recorded call sent to some lawyers.



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