A report revealed earlier this month is proving to be an eye fixed opener for individuals conscious with the debates round Khalistani terrorism. Canadian journalist and researcher Terry Milewski’s report titled ‘Khalistan — a challenge of Pakistan’, revealed by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI),has empirically and objectively deconstructed the Khalistani terror community and traced its roots to Pakistan. The report was properly acquired and has subsequently triggered intense debates amongst the exterior observer.
However, a gaggle of pro-Khalistani parts, primarily based out of Western Countries , quickly got here as much as counter the report with the intention to neutralize its impression and delegitimize it. Their hurried try to counteract towards the report is absolutely fascinating, as they floated a web site on 15th September and uploaded a public letter addressed to the Ottawa primarily based Macdonald-Laurier Institute, criticizing the report and expressing their ‘concern’ on it.
“A detailed look of the web site means that “www.sikhscholarsresponse.com” was registered on 15″ September and the letter was uploaded on it on the identical day. Most strikingly, the web site has just one web-page in it and doesn’t include different content material, hyperlinks, or internet pages besides the letter,which has been revealed on its homepage. This displays that the web site was created solely for the aim of importing this letter.” Sources instructed to Zee Media.
Besides, making three allegations, the letter has requested MLI to “reevaluate your (MLI’s) decision to publish such vitriolic content under your institute’s name”. The letter has additional expressed, “we are concerned to read a report that contains a litany of conclusory statements and allegations without any substantiation”.
It is noteworthy that the letter has been signed by people from over a dozen organisations and establishments. Still, it failed to achieve organizational credibility, highlighting that the Khalistani parts are finally shedding the feeble help that that they had amongst the civil society organisation and instructional establishments.
It can also be value mentioning that many of the signatories out of 53 people endorsing the letter are notorious for taking an anti-India place and indulging in anti-India actions within the West. Reportedly, the letter was drafted by Harjeet Singh Grewal — Instructor of Sikh Studies at Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary. It is believed that he reached out to different signatories underneath the steerage of the Pakistani ISI, as a variety of the signatories have robust connections to Pak missions within the West, particularly in Canada.
The letter has additionally been signed by pro-Khalistan Indra Prahst, who has robust connections with Pakistani Consulate in Vancouver. She has beforehand interviewed a number of Pakistani Consul Generals and has been taking part in anti-India occasions organised by the Pakistani Consulate. Another signatory who underlines the natural linkages of Khalistani extremists with Pakistan is Hafsa Kanjwal, who has pro-separatist sentiments and has been opposing India’s place on Jammu and Kashmir and has been contributing to the anti-India advocacy campaigns of Pakistani mission. Her connections with radical Islamist organizations within the within the Western nations additionally maintain resurfacing.
“The Pakistani connection of this letter provides the rationale for the silence of Khalistani elements to question human rights violations of minorities in Pakistan, including the targeted attacks on the Sikh minorities. They have kept mum over exclusion of the larger territory of so called ‘Khalistan’ that falls in Pakistan. In fact, all of Pakistani Punjab comes under this landmass. However, under ISI’s pressure, they have failed to include that part in the map of Khalistan.” mentioned an official deployed in Central Security.
In one other fascinating improvement of attacking the dissenting voices,pro-Khalistani parts together with the ISI proxies are attacking a New Delhi primarily based non-profit organisation — Law and Society Alliance (LSA). As quickly because the organisation broke the information of organising a webinar on the mentioned report and invited Terry Milewski to ship a chat, these parts started attacking the Twitter deal with of LSA – @LawSocietyAlly and mass reporting it to carry it down. They additionally attacked the Twitter deal with of co-organiser of the occasion Defence Capital – @DefenceCapital. LSA plans to organise a webinar on “Khalistani Terrorism and Canada” on 18th November, whereby the report of Terry Milewski can be mentioned together with Terry, Member of House of Lords, UK Parliament Lord Rami Ranger and California primarily based Punjab basis’s Chairman Sukhi Chahal have additionally been invited as audio system .Organisers anticipates that pro-Khalistani parts will maintain concentrating on the occasion.
“The pro-Khalistani forces are trying to silence the voice of Indians and other nationalities who raise their voice against the Khalistani terrorism and how Pakistan is the conspirator of this terrorism and separatism movement.” mentioned N. C. Bipindra, Chairman of Law and Society Alliance and Editor of Defence.Capital
The worst state of affairs is that the pro-Khalistani parts function from liberal and open nations of the West however have themselves failed to supply house to opposing voices. They seemingly want a one-way mannequin of communication as at quite a few cases, the pro-Khalistani parts have restricted the entry of pro-India or dissenting voices to their occasions and Gurudwaras.
Terry Milewski has been a veteran reporter, with an expertise of over 4 a long time of journalism. He has additionally carefully lined the Khalistani terrorism in India and within the west, since its early days. Rebuttal to such an authority on the Khalistan difficulty needed to be logical, rational and factual. However, countering not with concrete however ambiguous criticisms and umbrella allegations highlights the ‘gagging acts’ of the pro-Khalistani parts to silence the voices opposing them.