NEW DELHI: Days before the Kartarpur talks with Pakistan, the ban on Pakistan-supported extremist Sikh group, Sikhs for Justice, is intended to send a message to Islamabad that India will continue to be vigilant on the neighbour’s efforts to stoke Sikh extremism in India again. India and Pakistan will hold talks on the Kartarpur corridor on July 14 at the Wagah border.
“It is important to understand that the vast majority of Sikhs in Canada and other parts of the world share warm relations with India. They want better relations with India and their country of residence and, frankly, we take no cognisance of what the fringe elements have to say which is meant to create disharmony and spread hate,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. He said the government had reached out to other countries which give sanctuary to this group to desist from doing so.
Kumar said the group had “no traction” within the mainstream Sikh community. The ban , just before the Kartarpur talks, is significant. India has already objected to Pakistan including Sikh extremists in its Kartarpur delegation.