India lodges protest with the UK over pro-Khalistani event in London

The meeting has been called by separatist organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) with an intention to shape the 'Referendum 2020' campaign in August that seeks a separate Khalistan.

Published: 13th July 2018 02:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2018 02:56 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India has issued a demarche to the UK protesting a meeting convened in London by separatist organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) next month.

The meeting has been called with an intention to shape the 'Referendum 2020' campaign in August that seeks a separate Khalistan and "independence of Punjab".

"We have taken up the matter with the UK government. We have also issued a demarche and we expect that the UK government does not allow any such group to use its country whose intention is to spread hate and which can affect our bilateral ties."

"We have told them the intention of the event is the same," the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson said.

He was responding to a question on what action has India taken to stop the meeting.

Kumar said the ties of the Sikh community residing in the UK and other parts of the world are good with India.

"Their ties, with the country they reside in, are also good. As far as the small groups are concerned, they are fringe elements and their job is to spread hate and communal disharmony," he said.

According to media reports, the SFJ has also offered to sponsor Punjabi youths as well as political activists to take part in the gathering next month.

Khalistan remains a sensitive issue in bilateral ties between India and the UK.

In April, India lodged a strong protest with UK after the tricolour was burnt by Khalistani elements at Parliament Square while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a diaspora event in Westminster.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp