- Nijar’s killing “sparked support” for Khalistan’s independence.
- The world’s leading nations held India responsible for Nijjar’s murder.
- India openly violated Canada’s sovereignty: Sikh leader.
VANCOUVER, CANADA: Dr. Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, chairman of the Khalistan Council, has claimed that the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar has ignited unwavering support for Khalistan independence within the Sikh community.
Ahead of the Khalistan Referendum voting on Sunday, here at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Dr Bakhshish Singh Sandhu announced that the Sikh community is poised to cast a historic number of votes in the referendum to be held at the Shaheed Nijjar Centre.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was fatally shot outside the same temple in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a significant Sikh population where the second phase of the referendum is scheduled.
The veteran Khalistani leader reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had confirmed in the Canadian Parliament that Nijjar’s killing was the work of Indian intelligence, operating from Indian consulates in Canada.
Moreover, the world’s leading nations, including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, have held India responsible for Nijjar’s killing and have demanded India’s responsibility, Dr Sandhu said, adding that India had acted as a rogue state.
He said India has openly violated Canada’s sovereignty and independence by killing and threatening Canadian citizens.
The Sikh leader said that the world might not have believed the Sikhs when they said that India was involved in their genocide, but the Canadian Prime Minister’s statement proved to the world that the Sikhs were right.
Prominent world powers have supported the idea of a democratic referendum, seeing the Sikhs as pursuing a legitimate campaign for Punjab’s independence and the creation of a separate Sikh homeland, he argued.
100,000 Sikhs are expected to vote
Avtar Singh Pannu, Coordinator of Sikhs for Justice, said Indian intelligence agents shot Nijjar with 50 bullets in an attempt to stop him from organizing the Khalistan referendum in Canada.
Nijjar was an advocate for a Sikh homeland in Punjab, minutes before he was killed he delivered his last speech, Avtar Singh Pannun said.
He encouraged the community to join and vote for independence.
Previously, he said, 135,000 votes were cast in favor of the referendum in the same place on September 10, while several thousand waiting in queues were unable to vote when polling time ended.
More than 100,000 Sikhs are now expected to participate in the referendum at the Shaheed Nijjar Centre.
“In the name of Nijjar”
Meanwhile, Bhupinder Singh Hothi, General Secretary of Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, urged members of the Sikh community to turn up in large numbers to vote in memory of Shaheed Nijhar.
He said that India killed Nijjar in the hope that it would scare the Sikhs, but India was wrong as the killing has exposed India as a state that supports terrorism without regard to international law.
The Khalistan Referendum voting campaign is being organized under the supervision of the independent Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC) which will announce the results when all phases are completed.
Voting began on October 31, 2021 in London and has so far taken place in multiple cities across Europe, Australia and Canada.
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