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Pakistan has banned pro-Khalistan campaign: SFJ

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

group 'For Justice (SFJ)' has claimed that the government has banned the registration of the 'Referendum Team 2020' on its soil at the behest of the

SFJ claimed on Monday that authorities in had stopped the group's activists from putting up posters and banners of the referendum campaign at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassan Abdal where thousands of from were visiting to celebrate the 320th year of Khalsa Sajna Diwas.

A 'jatha' of 389 Indian devotees, under the aegis of the (SGPC), were visiting till April 21 to offer prayers at various gurdwaras in that country on the occasion of

The SFJ had put up hoardings and banners of its separatist activities at Sikh shrines in Pakistan last year during the visit of Indian pilgrims which was objected to by Indian authorities.

"activists were officially invited to launch the registration the of Parbandhak Committee on behalf of the The Khalistan activists from and Europe, who reached Pakistan in the first week of April, were not allowed to post banners of Khalistan in Gurdwara Panja Sahib and were forced to stop the scheduled plan to register volunteers for Referendum 2020," Pannun said in an official statement issued from the headquarters.

"and (Pakistan) (Qamar Javed) Bajwa, who have been deceptively claiming to be the messiah of the Sikh community have succumbed and bowed down to Modi government's dictatorial pressure to ban SFJ's 'Khalistan Referendum Team 2020' registration event at Panja Sahib during the visiting Sikh pilgrims from India," Pannun said.

The SFJ is a secessionist group which is seeking a separate Sikh homeland -- Khalistan.

has been critical of the SFJ saying that it is a "one-man army caked by Pakistan's ISI" (Inter-Services Intelligence).

"and ISI have treaded the path of alienating the global Sikh community who have continuously supported Pakistan during India's threat of jingoistic war," Pannun said.

Reiterating that 'Punjab Independence Referendum 2020' is a democratic campaign for "right to self-determination through ballot not bullet", he claimed that SFJ's global peaceful movement was being undermined by the



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 11:10 IST