Editorial with Sujit Nair: US warns India against alleged plot to eliminate Pannun | Khalistani

3 months ago
In this editorial segment, Mr. Sujit Nair discusses the United States' warning regarding a thwarted plot to assassinate Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on U.S. soil. The U.S. government has informed New Delhi about its alleged involvement in the plot, as reported by the Financial Times (FT). Pannun, designated as a terrorist in India, holds American and Canadian citizenship and serves as the legal counsel for Sikhs for Justice, an organization advocating for the creation of Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland.

The FT report follows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's accusation two months ago, claiming that the Indian government was responsible for the killing of another Khalistani separatist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia in June. New Delhi has denied any involvement in Nijjar's death. The U.S. collaborated with Canada on the investigation into Nijjar's killing, with Biden administration officials urging New Delhi to cooperate with the probe.

The FT's anonymous sources did not specify whether the alleged plot against Mr. Pannun was abandoned due to the U.S. warning to New Delhi or if the FBI successfully thwarted it. The U.S. also shared information about the purported plot with some allies after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June visit to Washington DC.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has reportedly filed a sealed indictment in a New York court against one of the accused, and another individual charged in the case has left the U.S. The DoJ is currently deliberating on whether to unseal the indictment, according to the report.

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