Pakistani Sikhs also with Kashmiris in their struggle for independence: Pratap Singh
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Sikh leader Pratap Singh on Friday said Kashmiris people were not alone in their struggle but Pakistani Sikhs also with them.
“When we Sikh stand with somebody, we stand with them till death. You guys are not alone. We are with you,” Pratap Singh said while addressing a ceremony held in solidarity with Kashmir in Islamabad. Rallies were held in all big cities in Pakistan to express solidarity with Kashmir.
He vowed that not only Kashmir would be liberated but Khalistan would also be carved out of India. He said the Sikh community would not spare India and hoist flags of Khalistan and Pakistan in New Delhi.
On behalf of the Sikh community of Pakistan, he condemned the atrocities being carried out by Indian occupational forces in occupied Kashmir.
Pratap Singh said top Sikh leader Harpreet Singh had also demanded from the Indian government to stop human rights violations in the valley.
Muslim member of the House of Lords, Lord Nazir has thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for refusing visas to those Indian army generals and brigadiers who had served as intelligence officers in Kashmir.
“Thank you @JustinTrudeau for your brave stance,” Lord Nazir, who is also President All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, tweeted.
According to an Indian news channel, two retired lieutenant generals, three brigadiers and two senior officers of the intelligence bureau of India had been denied visas on ground that their organisations were engaged in violence. New Delhi is furious over this report.
The Indian government on August 5 repealed the special status given to the occupied Kashmir under the constitution’s Article 370 and Section 35 A, and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The arbitrary move is feared to spark unrest in the disputed territory.
The decades-old conflict of Kashmir has resulted in horrific wars and continuous border tensions between Pakistan and India. The issue has strained the bilateral relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours as it is at core of their foreign and security policies.