‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ), the Khalistani outfit deemed a terrorist organisation by India, has threatened The Australia Today team. Founder of SFJ, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, splashed the pictures and names of the Editors of The Australia Today, Jitarth Jai Bharadwaj, Dr Amit Sarwal and Pallavi Jain in his latest propaganda video.
The video incites hate against India and Hindus and ends with Mr Pannu making the gesture of a gun.
This video was released soon after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese assured his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi that attacks on Hindu temples will not be tolerated and the attackers will meet the full force of the law during his recent India visit.
Earlier both Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’ Farrell had said that Australia respects India’s sovereignty and that the Khalistan issue has no status in Australia.
Khalistan supporters also released a poster in Brisbane with the names and pictures of The Australia Today Editors along with that of the Indian High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra and Honorary Consul Archana Singh.
While Khaiistan terrorism was brought to an end by India three decades ago, some elements of this terrorist movement continued to operate outside India with the help of Pakistan.
In Canada, Khalistani extremists are known to violently attack people who oppose their ideology. Ujjal Dossanjh, the first Indo-Canadian Premier (He became Premier of British Columbia in 2000) and a Sikh himself, was attacked and viciously beaten for his opposition to Khalistani extremism in 1985 in the parking lot of his office in Vancouver.
He was targeted again in 1999, while he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Canada when his constituency office was attacked. Mr Dossanjh tweeted in 2018: “Indian Sikhs have a country: They call it India. Punjab has been India for untold centuries until it was cut into two to make Pakistan.”
In July 2022, a controversial Sikh leader in Canada Ripudaman Singh Malik (a former terror suspect who later rejected the Khalistan movement) was murdered. While the local authorities, it appears, have so far not conclusively figured out a motive behind this targetted killing, Indian intelligence officials indicated that this could be a planned murder by anti-India forces supported by Pakistan’s ISI.
More recently a radio presenter in Auckland, Harnek Singh (also a Sikh), was viciously attacked and seriously injured in December 2020. While sentencing Jaspal Singh who pleaded guilty for attempted murder in this case, NZHerald.co.nz reported that Justice Veening agreed the impetus for the attack appeared to be religious extremism or political disagreement.
The Australia Today also spoke with Canadian journalist Terry Milewski who has been covering this issue in Canada for the past 40 years. He is the author of the book ‘Blood for blood: Fifty years of the global Khalistan project’ and the report “Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan”
Amidst death threats and cyber bullying, The Australia Today has been at the forefront of covering the growing Khalistani menace in Australia. The authorities have been informed about these threats but so far no action has been taken regarding any complaint.
A Timeline of our coverage regarding the Khalistan menace in Australia
So far no arrests have been made anywhere despite seven Hindu temples being targetted across Australia.
There have been no arrests yet of Melbourne’s Federation Square attackers even though the faces of the perpetrators are on video.
The Indian Consulate in Brisbane has been targeted twice in two months and yet no one has been arrested so far.
Khalistani terrorists are responsible for one of the deadliest terror attacks in aviation history before 9/11. On 23rd June 1985, Khalistani terrorists bombed Air India flight 182 which was flying from Montreal to Mumbai via London and New Delhi killing all 329 people onboard including Canadian, British and Indian citizens.
In recent years there have been reports of violent intra-Sikh fightings among members of Gurudwaras in countries like Canada and Australia over alleged ‘power struggles’.
The Khalistan issue is not just a threat to Indian-Australians but to all Australians. One will have to wait and watch whether PM Albanese’s words translate to concrete action on the ground.