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'Hindus Must Leave Canada' & Other Offensive Remarks: Who's Gurpatwant Pannun?

SFJ was outlawed by the Indian government in 2019 as a terrorist body, owing to the group's secessionist activities.

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(This story was first published on 21 September 2023 and is being republished in light of threats issued by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun against Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport and Air India. You can read that story here.)

Amid a major stand-off between India and Canada over the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has issued provocative statements against Indian Hindus in Canada, asking them to "go back to India".

Pannun's remarks: In a video that has gone viral on social media, the pro-Khalistan leader can be heard saying:

"Indo-Canadian Hindus, you have repudiated your allegiance to Canada and Canadian Constitution. Your destination is India. Leave Canada, go to India."
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun

He also said that pro-Khalistan Sikhs have always been loyal to Canada. "They have always sided with Canada and upheld its laws and the Constitution."

Further, he asked Sikhs based in Canada to gather in Vancouver on 29 October to vote on a referendum regarding whether the Indian High Commissioner in the country was behind Nijjar's murder.

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