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Ottawa, Jul 27 (Canadian-Media): The Canada Government refused to recognise US-based 'Referendum 2020,' organised by the pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), media reports said.
When asked from the spokespersons of the Hindustan Times about the Canadian Government’s stand on the referendum scheduled for November this year with an aim to carve out a separate state of Punjab from India, the email response of a spokesperson of the country’s Foreign Ministry, stated: “Canada respects the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of India, and the Government of Canada will not recognize the referendum,” and added that the bilateral relationship between Canada and India “is a priority for the Government of Canada.”
Ajay Bisaria, India’s High Commissioner in Ottawa also refused to address this particular matter, but told Hindustan Times, “We continue to engage closely with Canadian partners, including security agencies on a range of bilateral security issues. Canada has been requested to check anti-India activities and to proscribe individuals and entities declared illegal in India.”
Reacting to the developments, Shashi Kant, DGP, Punjab (Retd.) told ANI, "I don't call it a referendum because referendum only happens within the geographical limits of any country. Sitting here, we can't do a referendum on the sovereignty of the USA, United Kingdom or any other country. That is not correct" and added,
"Again, the point is the statement by the Canadian government that they will not recognise the `Referendum 2020' by a US-based organisation. This is a big victory for the Government of India's foreign policy which shows that it's paying dividends. The other countries are very much respecting India's sovereignty".
SFJ, formed with Avtar Singh Pannun as its president and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun as its legal advisor, SFJ pushes for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda.