(Lalit K Jha)Washington, Sep 15 (PTI) A top US think tank has warned that the Pakistan-backed separatist Khalistani group is gradually strengthening its hold in the US. It also said that the US government has so far been indifferent to the appeals made by New Delhi to stop the activities of these organizations destabilizing India. The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) is a pro-Khalistani group. The Indian government had banned it in 2019 for alleged anti-national activities. SFJ holds Sikh plebiscite as part of its separatist agenda
The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) is a pro-Khalistan group. The Indian government had banned it in 2019 for alleged anti-national activities.
The SFJ had insisted on Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda. It openly supports Khalistan and in doing so challenges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. The primary objective of this outlawed group is to establish an “independent and sovereign country” in Punjab.
The Hudson Institute, in its report ‘Pakistan’s Conspiracy to Destabilize: Khalistan Activism in the US’, published on Tuesday the conduct of “Khalistan and Kashmir separatist groups within the US” to investigate the support extended to these organizations by Pakistan. is estimated.
The report looked at the links of these groups with extremist and terrorist organizations in India and the potentially harmful effects of their activities on US foreign policy in South Asia.
The report shows that “like Islamist terrorist organizations based in Pakistan, Khalistani outfits may emerge with new names”.
“Unfortunately, the US government has shown no interest in violence perpetrated by Khalistanis, while the most staunch supporters of the Khalistan campaign are in Western countries such as the UK, Canada and the US,” it said.
“Unless the US government prioritizes monitoring of extremism and terrorism related to Khalistan, it is unlikely to identify groups that currently engage in violence in Punjab in India or prepare to do so,” the report said. are doing.”
The Hudson Institute states that forecasting is an important part of national security planning, and therefore, to investigate the activities of Khalistani organizations based in North America within the limits set by law to prevent a re-occurrence of violence during the Khalistan movement in the 1980s. It’s important to give.”
Significantly, the report said that anti-India activism related to Khalistan within the US has increased recently and that too as the US and India are cooperating to counter China’s growing influence, especially in the Indo-Pacific. .
The report says, “The history of the Khalistan movement and the recent mobilization should serve as a warning that, unless the threat it poses is in some way foreshadowed, it may extend to a level when It may be too late for action to prevent massive loss of lives.”
The report calls on the US government to take India’s concerns seriously and to provide India with the necessary intelligence and law enforcement resources to help address these concerns.
The report said that the US government should list all organizations responsible for terrorist attacks in India on the list of global terrorist organizations and designate as terrorists the various individuals that India and US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified as terrorists. Identified as having links to terrorist organizations.
It said, “Enforce terrorism funding laws and regulations against various organizations supporting Kashmiri and Khalistan separatism; Investigate US-based organizations supporting Kashmiri and Khalistan separatism for possible violations of US laws relating to foreign aid.
“Subscribe to suspected Kashmiri and Khalistan terrorism supporters and their advocates, especially by using legal instruments established to counter terrorism, including ‘FISA’ warrants,” the report said.
Noting that Sikh fundamentalist groups are active in New York and California, the report said that apart from spreading anti-India propaganda, these organizations aim to advocate for the cause of Khalistan and to garner support for it by local politicians, American ideological bodies. And try to connect human rights activists.
Khalistan activists also use Sikh places of worship, gurdwaras to attract followers, organize special events to commemorate the ‘martyrdom’ of terrorists in Punjab.
“They also recall Operation Blue Star and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots to convince young Sikhs that there is a religious conflict between Sikhs and other Indians,” the report says.