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first_imgNEW DELHI: India has conveyed to Pakistan that Sikh pilgrims visiting that country are regularly subjected to anti-India propaganda and Khalistan agenda and elements based there burn the tricolour to hurt their sentiments. In a dossier given to Pakistan, New Delhi also said a federal minister of Pakistan even eulogised slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani and told the Sikh pilgrims in an address that Sikhs and Kashmiris are treated like “slaves” by the Indian government. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The four annual Indian Sikh ‘Jathas’ that visit important gurdwaras in Pakistan every year under the bilateral Protocol to visit Religious Shrines, 1974, have been regularly subjected to anti-India propaganda during their visit against the spirit of the visit and in complete subversion of the objectives of the bilateral arrangement, the 23-page dossier, accompanied by pictures, said. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The dossier, presented to Pakistan during the recently-concluded bilateral meeting on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor held in Wagah, has in its cover a picture of former general secretary of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Gopal Singh Chawla burning the Indian flag. “Unfortunately, a large part of this propaganda is perpetuated during the religious functions organised by Evacuee Trust Property Board, Pakistan and the forum has been exploited to promote the agenda of Khalistan instead of focusing on the religious discourse,” it said. Advertise With Us Some blatant instances of such anti-India propaganda during the visits of Indian Jathas in the recent years were also narrated in the dossier, accessed by PTI. The dossier gives details of several pro-Khalistan groups, including Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), operating freely in Pakistan. The SFJ was recently banned by India. The dossier also contains picture of Chawla’s meeting with Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed. In 2016, during the Guru Nanak Dev Ji anniversary, Sardar Mohammad Yousuf, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Harmony, in his address at the main function in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, eulogised Burhan Wani and alleged that the Sikhs and Kashmiris are treated like “slaves” by the Indian government, the dossier said. In the same meeting where the Pakistan federal minister spoke, Chawla raised the demand of Khalistan and even advocated violent means to achieve it. Chawal asked the Indian Sikh pilgrims to revolt against the Supreme Court’s decision in inter-state water agreement involving Punjab and raised anti-India slogans from the dais. During the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ on November 14, 2016, a pro-Khalistan group carried banners depicting photographs of Sikh militants Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Subheg Singh and pro-Khalistan literature was openly distributed. Pro-Khalistan radical Sikhs had set up the usual Khalistan stage at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on November 14, 2016 and several speakers, including Chawla criticised Indian government and raised the demand for creation of Khalistan. A seminar was organised on November 18 at Lahore on contentious ‘Nanakshahi’ calendar where speakers accused India of not protecting the interests of Sikhs and Muslims and extended their full support to militancy in Kashmir. “Attempts were made to instigate the Sikh pilgrims against Indian government over the issues like demonetisation, denial of permission for unauthorised ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, inter-state dispute involving Punjab and creation of Khalistan,” the dossier said.last_img

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