New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government has said it expects the UK to give serious thought before allowing anti-India public activities in the larger perspective of bilateral relations. India’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that New Delhi raised and expressed concerns very clearly several times to the UK administration regarding a pro-Khalistan rally set for August 12 in London.
Organized by the US-based “Sikhs for Justice,” the agenda of the rally is to shape a “London Declaration on Referendum 2020” campaign, seeking a separate country for the Sikh community, called Khalistan in the northwestern part of India.
We have taken up the Khalistan event issue “strongly” with UK government. UK government should think the approval it had given earlier in larger perspective of bilateral relation. The event impinge on India’s territorial integrity
— Rishikesh Kumar (@rishhikesh) August 9, 2018
”We have drawn attention to the fact that the event in London is a separatist activity which impinges on India’s territorial integrity. We have said that it seeks to propagate violence, secessionism, and hatred. We expect them to take into account a larger perspective of the relationship when they take a decision on such matters,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
Expecting UK stop Khalistanis on its soil is foolish. British are the creators of “Divide and Rule” policy. They will be happy to see their old policy still alive and successful in Indian subcontinent even after decades of their exit.#UK #India #Khalistan
— Varun Rai🍁 (@varunvrai) August 9, 2018
The India government has also taken up this issue with other countries where similar kinds of events have been planned by supporters of Khalistan.
In July, Indian envoy to the UK, Yash Sinha held meetings at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to lodge a protest against the UK’s permission for the Khalistan movement to conduct a rally in London.
However, the UK has maintained that it cannot deter people from gathering peacefully.
“In the UK people have the right to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law,” a spokesperson from the British High Commission in India said on August 7.
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