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Punjab CM slams Canada for supporting Khalistani movement

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.  

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday accused the Canadian government of overt and covert support to the Khalistani movement, citing a 2018 public report released by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and expressed concern over the fact that anti-India threat-related activities had been on the rise within Canada.

In a statement released in Chandigarh, Capt. Amarinder said the CSIS report pointed out the anti-India activities constituted a threat not only to India but also to Canada too. He said support to any kind of violence or terrorism would eventually be devastating for the global community, including nations blatantly backing them.

Capt. Amarinder urged the BJP-led government at the Centre to take serious cognizance of these reports and disclosures to mount global pressure on Canada to put an end to the use of its soil to unleash terror against India, particularly the Sikh community being targeted by the Khalistani terrorists.

“India had, for too long, been soft towards Canada and needed to crack its whip aggressively, even seek UN sanctions if needed, to end the growing threat once and for all.”

The CM also expressed concern over the manipulation and disinformation being spread on social media to influence the young and vulnerable sections of the Sikh community against India. “The Indian government should take urgent and strong steps to control and counter such misuse of the social media,” he said.

Capt. Amarinder also cited the findings of the John Major Commission into the 1985 Kanishka bombing, released a few years ago, as a clear endorsement of Canada’s failure to act against the Khalistanis operating from its soil.

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