September 30, 2023 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: Punjab’s Pro-freedom group Dal Khalsa on Friday offered prayers at Sri Akal Takht Sahib for the well-being of all “exiled” Sikh activists, release of Sikh political prisoners, success of “Sikh freedom struggle” and seeking punishment for the killers of Hardeep Singh Nijhar, Paramjit Singh Panjwar and others killed “extra-judicially”. One of the party’s senior leader H S Dhami performed the Ardas.
Later, Sikh activists stood outside Akal Takhat secretariat carrying pictures of Gajinder Singh, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Bandi Singhs.
Today’s event by the Dal Khalsa is a first public function in Punjab backing Justin Trudeau’s version and seeking ‘truthful answer’ from the Indian PM Narendra Modi on India’s new devised strategy under NSA to extrajudicially kill Khalistanis on foreign shores.
Party spokesman Paramjit Singh Mand said ever since Canadian PM’s statement accusing India for engineering the assassination of Nijjar has kicked off diplomatic storm, Sikh activism was being discussed at international forums. He said it’s time and opportunity for New Delhi to talk with Amritsar (Read Sikh leadership struggling for right to self determination) to resolve Punjab conflict, which is political in nature and not law & order.
The organisers urged the Five Eyes ( US, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ) to keep constant eye on Intolerant India as they fear more extrajudicial operations against Khalistani activists on foreign soil by India’s third agency.
The event marked the 42nd year of Dal Khalsa founder Gajinder Singh’s exile. Notably, Akal Takht recognising Gajinder’s “dedication and sacrifice” in September 2020 bestowed the title of ‘Sikh warrior in exile’ on him.
On the 42nd anniversary of its hijacking an Indian Airlines’ Delhi-Srinagar flight to Lahore to demand the release of militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, hardliner organization Dal Khalsa asked Pakistan for political asylum to Gajinder Singh, its founder and one of the hijackers, who choose not to return to his homeland after serving 14 years in prison in hijacking case.
Making an appeal to Pakistani government, Dal Khalsa leaders Harpal Singh Cheema and Kanwarpal Singh said Gajinder want to live his life free from all pressures and intimidation. They ask the Pak govt to grant him political asylum and allow him to settle at Nanakana Sahib. The organisation said it hoped that India will not “launch any vilification and vengeance campaign” against its leader, since he had served the life sentence in Pakistani prison for that “peaceful hijacking”.
A large number of activists stood in queue outside Darbar Sahib holding placards on which Gajinder Singh was described as Stateless Sikh and UN was requested to intervene and help him. Another placard reads extrajudicial killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar will prove to be nail in the coffin of his killers. The organisers of today’s event thanked Canada for exposing brain behind the extrajudicial operations of RAW.
Significantly the participants were highly critical of Indian media for wrongfully portraying Khalistani activists and clubbing them with gangsters. Former militant leader Daljit Singh Bittu addressed the spirited gathering and called upon the Sikhs to unite to give befitting reply to anti-Sikh forces.
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