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SFJ Urges Pak Gurdwara Panel Not to Display Referendum 2020 Banners || SNE

By  tribuneindia .
Jun 10, 2019

Sikh News Express

Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Moga, June 8

 

Taking note of the Referendum 2020 banners displayed at Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, on the 35th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has urged the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) to refrain from displaying banners and posters of the Punjab Independence Referendum designed by the SFJ.

 

“Though Khalistan is a political opinion of public domain and everyone, including Pakistan-based Khalistani ideologue Gopal Singh Chawla, has a right to propagate it, Referendum 2020 is the brainchild of SFJ and the campaign’s name, logo and artwork should be used only with the organisation’s prior consent,” said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser to the SFJ, the group spearheading the Sikh “referendum” globally.

 

Contrary to Chawla’s recent provocative statement and frequent allegations by the Indian authorities of the SFJ’s hand in violent activities in Punjab, Pannun claimed “Referendum 2020 is a non-violent, democratic and legal initiative organised under the UN laws”.

 

In April 2019, the SFJ disassociated from Chawla, who is believed to be behind the June 6 display of “Referendum 2020” banners depicting Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, with a Referendum flag and hashtags in the gurdwara in Pakistan.

 

“…on the 35th anniversary of Bluestar, the only SFJ-sponsored event was a Khalistan Referendum 2020 rally in Washington DC,” Pannun said.

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