Punjabi youths offered free London tickets to attend separatists' rally: Minister
Chandigarh, Aug 10 (PTI) Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said a UK-based group advocating an independent Sikh homeland has been offering free tickets to Punjabi youths to take part in a rally in London.
India has already conveyed to the UK its unhappiness over that country’s decision to allow Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to hold the August 12 rally in support of a "referendum".
The Food Processing Industries Minister, who is an MP from Punjab, said the Pakistani agency is funding the organisation under a secret mission codenamed 'Operation Express'.
The minister urged central agencies to keep a close watch on the SFJ’s internet activity, saying recent disclosures had linked its website as well as the Referendum 2020 website created by it with a Pakistan-based site.
"While Pannu and others have always denied their links with Pakistan, they have apparently exposed themselves by failing to cover up their links online," she said.
She urged parents to keep a watch on their children and ensure they do not fall prey to Pakistan's efforts to take Punjab back to the dark days of terrorism.
She demanded an immediate inquiry into the "foreign funding" being received by the ‘sarkari jathedars’, and action against the SFJ’s fronts in Punjab.
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