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 Canada removes Khalistan extremism from terror report

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1. The Canadian government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has removed a reference to Khalistan extremism from its 2018 report on terrorism

2. This report had earlier mentioned it as one of the top five terrorist threats to the country.

 3. This report was an updated version of the ‘2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada’. The language in the report was changed to remove any mention of religion.

4. It instead discussed the threat posed by extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India.

5. The 2018 report on terrorism released last year drew the ire of the Sikh community as it was the first time Sikh extremism was listed as one of the top five extremist threats in Canada.

India’s reaction

1.Punjab Chief Minister said that Canada’s decision to remove all references to Khalistani extremism in its 2018 report on terrorist threats was a threat to Indian and global security.

2. The decision was clearly aimed at protecting its political interests in an election year.

3. This could have serious consequences for Indo-Canadian relations in the long run.

4. India has given proof of Canada’s soil being used to spread the separatist Khalistani ideology against a friendly country.

5. Khalistani activists were being involved in financing terror activities in India from Canada.

6. Such an act amounted to endorsement of the terror activities and de facto promotion of extremism.

Dal Khalsa

1. Sikh radical group Dal Khalsa has welcomed the removal of the reference to Khalistani Extremism from the Canada Public Safety Report 2018.

2. Dal Khalsa considered the decision as a victory of lobbying and diplomatic efforts of Sikh Canadians and the diaspora.

Source: Indian Express, The Hindu