Several groups in the Canadian sikh community on Wednesday asked the federal government to provide evidence to support the recent terrorist report that says "Sikh extremism" is a current threat to the country.
The groups accused Ottawa of capitalizing on the Indian government, which repeatedly insisted on a story of Canada hiding behind the Sikh extremists, and suggested that the political message seems more dependent on intelligence.
"Instead of defending the reputation of the Canadian Sikhs and rejecting these unfounded allegations, the Canadian government appears to be satisfied with India's demands to combat sikh activists," said Ontario Khalsa Darbar, one of the largest Canadian gurdwars in Mississauga.
Document scrutiny is Canada's Annual Report on Terrorism Threats to the State. The chapter on current threats lists "doglike Islamic extremism" and "right extremism", followed by "Sikh (Khalistani) extremism". In previous years, Sikh extremism was not mentioned.
The 2018 report states that, although the violent acts of the Sikh Khilistan, independent in India since the 1980's, when the terrorists carried out an Air India bombing, killing 331 people, "support for the extreme ideologies of such groups remains, for example, in Canada has identified two major Sikh organizations, the Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation, which are linked to terrorism and continue to list terrorist organizations in accordance with the Penal Code. "
But several Sikh organizations representing some half a million sikhs living in Canada said on Wednesday that pro-Khalistan's activism was mistakenly equivalent to extremism and raised the question of why Public Safety Canada is currently publishing threats when the report only refers to historical acts of violence.
"We see that here in Canada there is activity on various issues, but there is nothing to suggest any form of violence," said Balprit Sings, Legal Adviser to the Canadian World Sikh Organization. "It damages our reputation."
Joint statement B.C. The Sikh Gurdwaras Council and the Ontario Gurdwaras Committee, a coalition representing 30 worship sites, said the Sikh community had been violated by the government's "generalized" allegations that were "irresponsible and could have had a significant impact on the Sikis throughout Canada."
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"To find something, we have to turn for at least three decades … What happens in the last year to include the Sikh community? In what context can they give us? Why now?" Moninder Singh, B.C. board spokesman, said in an interview.
"We are very prominent in the minority in this country, but we are still subject to hate crimes. We are confused with many islamists."
Asked why Sikh's extremism was suddenly included in the annual threat report on Wednesday, the government official referred to a line that said some Canadians continue to support the Shiite and Sikh extremist groups, "including through funding". An official will not be developed.
The secretary general of Public Security, Ralph Goodalles, who received an email notification, added: "Our government will never have any non-extremist public. An annual public report on terrorist threats to Canada is being prepared by civil servants to describe the current terrorist threat environment. The report states that the national threat of terrorism the level does not change. "
The response is unlikely to meet the Sikh organizations, which said on Wednesday that they were convinced that Canada was trying to strengthen the Indian government, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited on a farewell visit to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the beginning of this year.
Unreleased writings in the Indian media at that time depicted members of the Trudeau cabinet for being "Khalalistani" sympathizers. One cover of the Indian magazine was named "Khalistan II: Made in Canada".
During the trip, the news was blurred that Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted in 1986 of participating in an assassination attempt against the Indian Minister of the Cabinet of B.C., visited Mumbai, who was staying at Trudeau, and was taken to photograph near the wife of Trudeau.
According to a largely edited federal report, this trip, which was released earlier this month, during two talks in 2017 and 2018, Indian officials spoke in two talks on "extreme regularity" of Sikh extremism.
"It's quite clear to me that they are trying to calm the Indian government," said Rattan Mall, editor of the Indo-Canadian Voice, a newspaper covering B.C. South Asian community.
True, the mall said that there are some groups in Canada that are very "anti-Indian" and use "malicious" language and there is always the possibility that they will do something stack and the Canadian government has the right to view them, save them tabs. "
At the same time, the support for the Khalitarian movement is rising and flowing, and there are many in the sikh company that does not support it at all, he said.
"The main fears of society are stereotypes. I'm not a brawl; I know how the straps feel," he said.
Despite the greater understanding of the Sikh community, there are still people who "see someone with a turban and think that he is a terrorist."