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QUESTION NO.1772 PRO KHALISTAN ACTIVITIES IN LONDON

August 02, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1772
TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.08.2018

PRO KHALISTAN ACTIVITIES IN LONDON

1772. SHRI A. K. SELVARAJ:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the campaign calling for a global referendum to determine whether Sikhs should have their own independent State was launched in London;

(b) whether the pro-Khalistan group would hold its first global rally at Trafalgar Square in London on August 12, 2018;

(c) if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether India has lodged its protest against holding of such a rally and against the movement that is spearheading pro khalistan activities; and

(e) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (e) According to reports, a US based Sikh advocacy group called ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) plans to hold an event at Trafalgar Square in London on 12 August 2018. At the event, the group proposes to issue a so-called "London Declaration’, calling for independence of the State of Punjab from India.

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the Indian High Commission in London have sent separate Note Verbales requesting the UK government to deny permission for the event. On 11th July 2018, the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom raised the matter in a demarche with Mr. Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and asked the British Government to deny permission for this event.

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