TORONTO: Amid Modi Government’s concerns over PM Trudeau government giving space to pro Khalistan sovereignists, secessionist Group “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) announced to kickstart the Canadian Phase of Khalistan Referendum on September 18th from Toronto, Ontario in which Canadian Sikhs will vote on the question “Should Indian Governed Punjab Be An Independent Country?”
Khalistan Referendum Voting Centre in Toronto is named after “Shaheed Harjinder Singh Pahra” to honour the young pro Khalistan Sikh who went back to India from Canada to participate in the then ongoing armed struggle for Khalistan in the wake of Indian Army’s June 1984 attack on the Golden Temple. In a staged police encounter, Indian forced extra judicially killed Pahra in 1988.
Terming September 18 voting as “Journey From Khalistan Rocket To Referendum” SFJ General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that “ballot is the most potent weapon of this century through which we will balkanize India and liberate Punjab”.
In a press conference heavily attended by Pakistani Canadian journalists and news channels, SFJ released the map of the areas earmarked for secession from India through Khalistan. Declaring Shimla as the future Capital of Sikh homeland Khalistan, SFJ’s map encompasses the areas of pre-1966 Punjab which includes Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Sikh majority areas of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Khalistan Referendum voting will be held in phases in Canada in which polling will take place across the country including Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Surrey.
The voting in global Khalistan Referendum is being held under the supervision of Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC) www.punjabreferendumcommission.org a panel of world renowned non-aligned experts on independence referendums and direct democracy.
Since launch of the voting on October 31, 2021 from London, despite India’s protests the governments UK, Switzerland and Italy have allowed the Khalistan Referendum to take place in which 400,000+ Sikhs have so far voted.