Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and recent military face-off on the India-China border in Ladakh, intelligence agencies have warned the government of pro-Khalistan activities in the country backed by Pakistan”s ISI spy agency and the banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) group.
The warning, sources said, mentions that these anti-India activities are being guided by one ISI handler named Abdullah in close coordination with SFJ”s founder Avtar Singh Pannu– who is learnt to have been residing in the United Kingdom.
Abdullah”s name was also revealed during questioning of three arrested suspected sympathisers of the Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF), who were planning to execute targeted killings in various northern states. The KLF supporters were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in a week-long operation across Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
The ISI and SFJ have been advocating secessionist and pro-Khalistan activities in India for long following which the Ministry of Home Affairs in July last year banned the SFJ for advocating Referendum 2020, an online campaign for Khalistan, which seeks a separate homeland for Sikhs.