Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the founder of the banned organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), known for his association with terrorism, has recently released a video with concerning content. In this video, he has called upon Sikhs to refrain from traveling on Air India aircraft after November 19, citing potential threats to their lives. Pannun has asserted that Air India would not be allowed to operate on that date.
Pannun also made the unverified claim that Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport would remain closed on November 19, with its name allegedly being changed. He pointed out that this coincides with the final match of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.
This is not the first instance of Pannun issuing threats. In September, he urged Hindu Canadians to leave Canada amid a diplomatic dispute between India and Canada over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
In a video circulated on social media, Pannun praised the loyalty of pro-Khalistan Sikhs to Canada and then proceeded to threaten Indo-Canadian Hindus, urging them to leave the country.
Following the dissemination of Pannun’s hateful speech, lawyers representing the Hindu Forum Canada called upon the Canadian Immigration Minister to prohibit Pannun from entering Canadian territory. In a letter addressed to the Minister of Immigration, Mark Miller, the lawyers expressed how Pannun’s recent comments had caused distress and trauma not only within the Hindu community but also among the broader Canadian population.
Hindu Forum Canada is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization headquartered in Ontario, advocating for policies that improve the well-being of minority groups in Canada.
In a separate incident in September, Khalistani secessionists organized a self-proclaimed ‘Referendum’ in Surrey, British Columbia. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a designated terrorist and the founder of SFJ, was present at the gathering of Khalistani separatists held at the Guru Nanak Singh Gurudwara in Surrey, Vancouver.
It is essential to note that relations between India and Canada have been strained since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. India categorically denied these allegations, describing them as baseless and politically motivated, and in response, expelled a Canadian diplomat as a retaliatory measure. To date, Canada has not provided any public evidence to substantiate its claims regarding Nijjar’s killing.