Pakistan’s backing of the pro-Khalistan Movement including sponsoring key leaders and “militants” in the UK and Canada, will only spoil India-Pakistan relations. Pakistan backed pro-Khalistan rally in London and the much-hyped 2020 Referendum for the independence of Punjab has hardly any takers, especially in India, said the Punjab CM
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The pro-Khalistan movement and leaders are said to be backed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. With such movements brewing in the United Kingdom there must arise national security concerns for India but the 2020 referendum seems to have fallen flat on its face already.
Khalistan sympathisers talked about taking away Punjab from India. Lord Nazir Ahmad, British-Pakistani politician spoke openly about separating Punjab and India at the event. His words have left Pakistan exposed in terms of providing financial as well as logistical support to the pro-Khalistan movement which demands the independence of Punjab.
However, there were also some Sikh separatists which slammed Lord Nazir Ahmad and the Pakistan backed version of the Khalistan. These Sikh leaders accused Pakistan of misleading people in the name of the Khalistan movement to suit the propaganda of Pakistan. They said that Pakistan does not understand what Khalistan is and hence it does not have the right to talk about it.
The Trafalgar square also saw Indians in large number holding the Indian flag and singing patriotic Indian stongs to put up a stern opposition to Pakistan based 2020 referendum. People supporting India said that the referendum is completely lawful and the voting will have no relevance at all. These Indians sent out a message to the world and especially to Pakistan that Punjab is and shall continue to be an integral part of India.
Pakistan’s propaganda of Khalistan has no takers in India and even abroad. The ISI may try hard if it wants to be but Pakistan’s dream of cropping troubles in India under the clout of the Khalistan movement will only remain a distant dream.