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Sunday's Sikh rally in London seeks to propagate secessionism: India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said it has conveyed to the UK that the pro-Khalistan rally to be held in on August 12 will be "separatists' activity" aimed at impinging on India's territorial integrity.

The strong comments by the (MEA) came days after the UK turned down India's request to not allow the rally to take place.

MEA said has drawn the UK's attention to the fact that the event is a "separatists' activity which impinges on India's territorial integrity".

"We have said that it seeks to propagate violence, secessionism and hatred and we expect them to take into account the larger perspective of the relationship when they take a decision on such matters," Kumar said during a

After receiving information about plans to hold similar events in certain other places in and elsewhere, the MEA has written to Indian missions in those countries to take up the issue with local governments.

"We are aware that something similar is planned in some other locations as well. We have written to our mission to take it up with foreign offices of respective countries," said Kumar.

Britain's left-wing has already thrown its support behind the pro-Khalistan rally planned at in on Sunday.

registered its formal opposition to the event through a demarche when of the rally emerged in July.

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) says the rally is intended to raise awareness for a non-binding referendum in 2020, calling for the Sikh-majority state of to be granted independence. The SFJ calls itself an advocacy group.

Asked about certain Bollywood and sports personalities saying they would seek government's advice on visiting to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony, Kumar said the government has not got any communication, adding if approached it will give its view.

Indian batting legend had on Sunday said he will take the government's advice before deciding on attending his once cricket rival's swearing-in as the next of

Replying to a separate question, Kumar said India was exploring the possibility of operating and managing the in

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 22:30 IST