The concept of a Sikh homeland is a fantasy that exists solely because of the backing of Pakistan to Khalistan extremists, says the creator of an explosive report detailing Islamabad’s position in fomenting terrorism in Punjab and holding the problem alive overseas.
Veteran Canadian journalist Terry Milewski, who wrote the report Khalistan: A Mission of Pakistan, additionally asserted that the so-called Referendum 2020 will solely be voted on by those that are already separatist parts and thus might end in skewing the result.
“I consider that with out Pakistan they (Khalistanis) wouldn’t have a lot to dwell for. It might be all rhetorical, all performative, with no substance,” Milewski informed Hindustan Instances in an interview.
“This factor isn’t actual, it’s only a fantasy. Pakistan provides them one thing, provides the Khalistanis an phantasm that their dream would possibly turn into a actuality,” mentioned Milewki, who spent many years with Canada’s nationwide broadcaster CBC, together with years as a main time information host.
Milewski, who spent many years with Canada’s nationwide broadcaster CBC, has typically confronted assaults over his reporting on Khalistan problem.
Picture courtesy: Terry Milewski
Milewski mentioned his goal behind bringing out the report at the moment was as a result of the Punjab Referendum 2020, organised by the separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), is scheduled for November.
He identified that election ends in India have clearly proven that Khalistan has little well-liked assist, and that even throughout the Sikh neighborhood in Canada, the overwhelming majority is not going to take part within the course of.
Nevertheless, that can make sure the outcomes of the referendum are skewed in favour of those who really assist Khalistan. “The issue is, it’s a referendum of the those that assist the referendum,” he mentioned.
The outcomes, nonetheless insignificant they could be, “is designed to rally supporters” of a waning Khalistan trigger, he added.
Milewski’s report was launched by the assume tank MacDonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa. It locations the main target sharply upon Pakistan’s position within the Khalistan problem, which it fanned for the reason that 1970s and continues to until this present day.
It traces the origins of the Khalistan undertaking to Zulqikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani prime minister within the early 1970s. It was fomented additional by army dictator Zia ul Haq. The report additionally factors to the hyperlinks of Canadians concerned within the motion to Pakistan, together with the visits of Talwinder Singh Parmar there.
Parmar is taken into account the mastermind behind the bombing of Kanishka, the Air India flight 182, in June 1985, which claimed 329 lives and stays the worst incident of terrorism in Canadian historical past.
Nevertheless, many Khalistani parts refuse to consider that truth, or proceed to contemplate him a martyr. Milewski mentioned this “fosters denial and rejection of the Canadian court docket system” and creates a conspiracy idea catchment like QAnon within the US.
“The issue is just not they’re planning assassinations and terrorist assaults in Canada, they’re telling their kids Parmar was a martyr that he was harmless,” he mentioned.
Milewski has typically confronted assaults over his reporting on the matter, together with the argument that there was no violence related to the Khalistan motion in Canada for the reason that mid-1980s. That argument, he mentioned, isn’t utterly legitimate since “loss of life threats towards witnesses within the Air India case are nonetheless in operation right now.”