By Muslim Mirror Staff
In a recent development, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in Canada has stirred controversy with remarks directed at the Indian Hindu community, urging them to “promote violence” and leave Canada.
The controversy stems from a report published in the Hindustan Times, alleging that SFJ’s legal advisor, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, has a viral video on social media where he can be seen making objectionable statements. Pannun is heard saying, “Indian Hindus, leave Canada. Go to India. You not only support India you are also supporting the suppression of speech and expression of pro-Khalistan Sikhs.” It’s worth noting that the group, including Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, has been labelled as terrorists by the Indian government.
This video has put Canada-India relations at a delicate juncture. Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had previously accused Indian government agents of assassinating Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18. However, India rejected these allegations as “ridiculous and baseless,” leading to the expulsion of a senior Indian diplomat from Canada. The next day, India reciprocated by expelling a senior Canadian diplomat.
Trudeau clarified on Tuesday that Canada is not contemplating “provoking” India, but questions regarding Nagra’s assassination still demand answers.
The Canadian Hindu Federation’s spokesperson, Vijay Jain, expressed concern over the threat posed by SFJ’s remarks, stating, “Now we are witnessing widespread Hindu phobia on a significant scale.”
Sikhs for Justice in Canada has faced several allegations, including the desecration of posters opposing the Khalistan Referendum 2020, which is a campaign against India. There is also a petition in the Canadian House of Commons to acknowledge Hindu bias, discrimination, and phobia, with approximately 9,000 signatures gathered thus far.