India on Saturday slammed the so-called 'Referendum 2020' proposed to be held by some pro-Khalistan elements in a few countries, like UK and Canada, and said it has conveyed its objections over the move to the nations concerned, as it "tantamounts to separatism".
However, the outfit is allegedly backed and financed by Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI.
"So-called referendum to be held by citizens who are not Indians and are citizens of other countries, it is inappropriate. Their citizens talking about referendum tantamount to separatism," said sources.
Asserting that 'Referendum 2020' is related to only overseas Sikh community, "India has conveyed to those countries that it's a very minuscule part of Sikh community, an overwhelming majority of Sikhs are peace-loving and are focused on jobs and development."
Recently, the Pakistan government has reportedly allowed campaigners of 'Referendum2020' to open their office in Lahore to fan anti-India sentiments during the visit of thousands of Sikh pilgrims from various countries, including India, who were there to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.
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