Toronto: Over 50K Sikhs perform mass prayers to express solidarity with Khalistan movement

Toronto, September 13, 2022 (PPI-OT):In Toronto, over 50,000 Sikhs gathered at a mass prayer to express support and solidarity with the Khalistan movement. The mass prayer, called Ardas, was offered to support Khalistan Referendum being held on 18th of this month in Canada.

Participants of the mass prayer were carrying yellow flags bearing Khalistan slogans. Men, women and children chanted slogans and vowed to continue the struggle till the creation of Khalistan. The Sikh representative organization, Sikhs for Justice (SKJ), organized the event.

SFJ’s Counsel General Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said, “Thousands of Canadian Sikhs congregated at the Ardas to offer their support for the Khalistan Referendum. Since the start of voting on October 31 in London, the momentum for the Khalistan Referendum has been on the increase. What is more heartening is that thousands of young Canadian Sikhs have shown their enthusiasm in the democratic process of Khalistan Referendum.”

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said the Canadian Sikh community’s response to upcoming 18th September voting was overwhelming and has unnerved the Modi regime. Under the Khalistan Referendum campaign, Sikhs are voting to press for their demand for independence of Punjab from India and making it a separate country for the Sikhs.

Last week, Canadian Sikhs have registered a new record in support of the Khalistan movement by taking out a car rally that stretched to several kilometers, consisting of over 2000 vehicles including cars and iconic Canadian trucks.

While Indian media and Indian diaspora have been voicing their opposition, the Indian government has been pro-actively labelling and equating the referendum on Khalistan as terrorism and has declared SFJ the proponent of the referendum as an illegal organisation under the controversial Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) of India.

Ahead of September 18, Khalistan Referendum voting in Toronto, pro-Khalistan activists are actively holding truck rallies with Khalistan banners, plastering mega billboards, signs and distributing the promotional material at Gurdwaras in Brampton the heavily Sikh town around Greater Toronto Area.

The voting will take place in the government-owned and operated facility The Gore Meadow Community Centre, Brampton. The Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC), a panel of non-aligned experts on referendums and direct democracy, is supervising the voting procedure to ensure transparency and compliance with international standards of balloting.

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