Pro-Khalistan slogans raised in Golden Temple complex on Operation Blue Star anniversary

Akal Takht acting Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said all Sikhs want Khalistan

Pro-Khalistan slogans were raised in the Golden Temple complex on the 36th anniversary of Operation Blue Star on Saturday.

Around 100 activists led by Imaan Singh Mann, son of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann, raised the slogans at the Akal Takht — the highest temporal seat of Sikhs.

Akal Takht acting Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said all Sikhs want Khalistan and if the Indian government gives it, they shall take it.

He was responding to questions at a press conference on the occasion of the 36th ‘Ghallughara Diwas’, the anniversary of Operation Blue Star.

At the press conference, asked about sloganeering at Akal Takht in favour of Khalistan during and after his anniversary speech, the Jathedar said: “There is nothing wrong if slogans are raised after the function. If the government gives us Khalistan, what more can we ask for? We shall accept it. Every Sikh wants Khalistan.”

The Jathedar then went on to clarify: “Guru Nanak Dev Ji had laid the foundation of the Begampura. Guru Hargobind Singh founded Akal Takht. It is our great sovereign commitment.”

Members of Sikh outfit Damdami Taksal along with Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials honoured the families of those who were killed during Operation Blue Star, which was carried out in 1984.

The main programme to honour such families was organised by the Akal Takht.

Addressing the gathering, Giani Harpreet Singh said the Sikh community will always remember the unhealed wounds of Operation Blue Star.


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