Ban on KLF is a step forward on cracking down on ISI-SJF sponsored Khalistan movement
New Delhi, Dec 28: In a major development, the Union Home Ministry has banned the Khalistan Liberation Force under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
While banning the outfit, the government said that it believes that the KLF is involved in terror activities and has also committed and participated in acts of terror in India. The members of this outfit were getting support both financially and logistically from abroad, the government said.
The KLF has been added as the 40th entry in First Schedule of the UAPA that lists terror outfits. The order was passed under Section 35 of the UAPA.
The order comes in the wake of heightened activity by Khalistan forces, who have given a clarion call for Referendum 2020. This is a referendum to separate Punjab from India and for this purpose these groups have sought the help of the ISI.
In the past few months several outfits such as the Babbar Khalsa, Khalistan Liberation Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force, ISYF and Khalistan Commando Force have come under the scanner. A meeting at the Nankana Sahib in Pakistan between these elements and the ISI also came under the scanner.
Further it also came to light that the Babbar Khalsa and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba shared a common office outside the Nankana Sahib.
The ISI had also gone ahead and set up the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee. The formation of this committee increased the interaction between the pro-Khalistani forces. Pakistan also went a step ahead and liberalised the visas for these persons.
In this context, it would also be important to mention that the Sikhs for Justice proposes to sponsor the pilgrimage of several Sikhs to Pakistan next year. The SJF, which is a pro-Khalistan organisation which works in Canada, Europe and UK had recently promoted the London Declaration of the Referendum 2020.
The SJF is now planning to fund the visit of nearly a lakh Sikh pilgrims to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak next year. The agencies in India believe that the ISI would try and propagate among the pilgrims the need for a pro-Khalistan movement.