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Government cites anti-India acts, extends ban on pro-Khalistan SFJ for another 5 years


Jul 10, 2024

NEW DELHI: Centre has declared pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) as an ‘unlawful association‘ for a further period of five years, citing it has continued its involvement in anti-India and subversive activities and for backing violent form of extremism in Punjab and elsewhere, with the prime objective of carving out a sovereign Khalistan out of Indian territory.
SFJ – the outfit that ran the provocative ‘Referendum 2020’ campaign for the creation of a separate Khalistan state, both via social media and by organising meetings in countries with sizeable Sikh diaspora – was first banned as an ‘unlawful association’ under UAPA on July 10, 2019.
In a notification issued Monday, MHA warned that SFJ, without immediate curbs on its unlawful activities, may escalate its attempts to carve out a Khalistan nation out of the Indian territory by destablising the govt established by law; continue advocating secession of Punjab from Union of India and formation of Khalistan; propagate anti-national & separatist sentiments prejudicial to territorial integrity and security of the country; and escalate secessionist movements, support militancy and incite violence in India.
The notification stated: “Govt hereby extends the declaration of the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) as an unlawful association… for a further period of five years from 10th day of July 2024.”
SFJ, named in several terror cases by Punjab cops & NIA, doesn’t have any known presence in India but its activities here are controlled by foreign-based handlers. Its leadership is based in US, UK and Canada, with US-based attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, also declared as an individual terrorist under UAPA.

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