(CTN News) – When Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was murdered by Indian agents on June 18 outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, over 200 thousand Canadian Sikhs voted in a Khalistan referendum honoring Nijjar.
In a virtual address given after the October 29 vote, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun claimed that Nijjar’s death had shown India to the world as a state that supports terrorism.
Pannun declared, “This is a fight between Punjab and India, with the occupying military employing violence and the Sikhs using the votes. To stop the Indian system guilty of the genocide of tens of thousands of Sikhs, SFJ is not employing guns at the moment but rather the most powerful weapon of this century: the voting box.
Over 60,000 people voted in Phase II, despite the Narendra Modi government’s efforts to prevent the Khalistan Referendum by, among other things, denying visas, canceling identity and travel cards, and threatening to single out the families of Khalistan supporters in Punjab.
In the first round of the vote, held in the same Gurdwara in September of this year, an estimated 140,000 Canadian Sikhs participated. Thousands of eligible voters were turned away, thus a second round of voting was held on October 29.
The meeting voted to pass two resolutions: the first states that the Indian High Commissioner to Canada Mr. Sanjay Verma should be arrested and prosecuted for conspiring and directing the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar; the second states that the Sikhs For Justice will invoke the “Citizen’s Arrest” clause to ensure that Verma is arrested and tried for the assassination of a Canadian citizen.
The SFJ also declared, without specifying a date, that it will organize a referendum vote in Abbotsford, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal sometime in 2019.
Sikhs Voted in the Khalistan Referendum
According to Pannun, “While the voting center in Surrey BC on October 29 was dedicated to Shaheed Nijjar who sacrificed his life struggling for the liberation of Punjab through the Khalistan Referendum, the upcoming voting centers will be dedicated to Shaheed Ravinder Singh Pannu, Shaheed Bhupinder Singh Kooner, and Shaheed Balbir Singh Khaira, all Canadian Sikhs, to honor their sacrifice during the armed phase of the Khalistan movement.”
On Sunday, the second phase of the Khalistan Referendum took place in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver with a sizeable Sikh population; this is the same temple where Nijjar was fatally shot. Minutes before he was killed, Nijjar gave a speech in favor of the referendum on creating a Sikh nation in Punjab.
Najjar was a close friend of Pannun’s and the Chief Coordinator of the Khalistan Referendum campaign in Canada.
When all voting stages for the Khalistan Referendum have concluded, the results will be announced by the impartial Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC). Several cities in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, and Canada have already hosted voting since it began on October 31, 2021, in London.
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