Sikhs hold ‘Save Punjab Rally’ outside UN headquarters

SFJ protest

Several members of the rights group, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) held a ‘Save Punjab Rally’ outside the UN headquarters here to raise their concerns over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and its impact on the lives of the people in Punjab.

The members of Sikh community, along with civil rights groups and management committees of the Sikh temples across North America also demanded a referendum in Punjab.

During the rally, held across the street at the UN headquarters, the demonstrators, including several pro-Khalistan Sikhs, carried placards that read ‘Boycott India’s Jingoistic War’ and ‘Support Punjab Referendum.’

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SFJ also submitted a communiqué to officials from Uruguay’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Uruguay is one of the 15 members of the Security Council and is due to hold the Presidency of the Council in January.

The communiqué alleged that the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan is forcing thousands of Sikh farmers in Punjab to evacuate their homes, “turning them into refugees.”

SFJ Legal Advisor said war is not a solution, adding that a referendum should be conducted in Punjab.

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Panic gripped the residents of villages in many border districts of Punjab after reports of the escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan spread, following a surgical strike by the army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 28.