‘Totally unfair…’ India slams reports of conspiracy to kill Pannu

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Washington: India is taking seriously the allegations of conspiracy to kill Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in the US. The White House gave this information but it has not commented on the investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the criminal case filed by the Justice Department in this matter. These comments of White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday came amid investigative news in the media which claimed that a RAW officer named Vikram Yadav in the US was involved in the conspiracy to kill Pannu and this move was approved by Samant Goel, the then head of the Indian spy agency.

Pannu is one of the prominent leaders of the Khalistan movement and is the legal advisor and spokesperson of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). The aim of SFJ is to promote the idea of ​​a separate Sikh nation. The Indian government has declared Pannu a terrorist. When asked about the news of ‘The Washington Post’, Jean-Pierre said that an investigation is going on and the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation.

India made a harsh comment
On the other hand, India on Tuesday reacted sharply to a report in the Washington Post on the alleged assassination plot of Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the US. Randhir Jaiswal, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, termed the report as “unwarranted and unsubstantiated” and said, “The matter is under investigation by a high-level committee constituted by the Government of India to look into the security concerns shared by the US government.” Speculation and irresponsible comments on the network of organized criminals, terrorists and others are not helpful.

Karine Jean-Pierre further said that India is an important strategic partner for the US and “we are pursuing an ambitious agenda to increase our cooperation in many areas.” Regarding the investigative report on the alleged conspiracy to kill Pannu, Jean-Pierre said, “We have constantly discussed this and have expressed our views many times, whether in a meeting with the Prime Minister here or in a meeting abroad.”

He said, “This is a serious matter and we are taking it very seriously. The Indian government has told us very clearly that they are taking it seriously and will investigate it.”

He said, “We expect accountability from the government based on the investigation. But we will continue to raise our concerns. This is not going to stop. We will continue to raise our concerns directly to the Indian government.” The alleged plot to kill Pannu in the US coincides with the fatal shooting of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia province of Canada on June 18 last year. According to officials of Western countries, that operation was also linked to Yadav.

The Washington Post report also said that both the murder plots were hatched amid increasing violence in Pakistan, where at least 11 Sikh or Kashmiri separatists living in exile and labelled as terrorists by the Indian government have been killed in the last two years. When asked about the investigation into the allegations made by the US in the Pannu case, India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said last week, “We have formed a high-level committee. The committee is looking into the information shared with us by the US as it has an equal impact on our national security.”

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