Taking a tough stance against anti-India elements like Gopal Chawla, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, on Thursday has said that they expect Pakistan to take action against these anti-India individuals as such obligations come under international norms designated by UN.
"Our stance is very clear. We have said this before that individuals and groups against India are given refuge by Pakistan. We have said that Pakistan should take action against such groups/individuals. This also comes under international norms. They are obliged to take action against such groups as designated by the UN. If they are serious in bettering relations with India, then they should act against these anti-India elements," said Kumar.
Earlier in the day, on the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's friend Gopal Singh Chawla raised pro-Khalistan slogans. In the video accessed by Republic TV, Chawla said:
"From all over the world groups have come together against the massacre which took place on June 6, 1984, the people who lost their lives from the Sikh community. On that day, the cruel Indian government attacked the Golden Temple. And we want to tell the cruel Indian government, we want to say that the way Indira died, the way we punished Indira, we will punish others. We will make a Khalistan. And we people from the Sikh community also promise that, till India will not stop their cruelties on Sikhs, we will also not stop."
Prior to this development, National Spokesperson of Akali Dal Manjinder S Sirsa had written a letter asking PM Modi to appoint a Supreme Court judge to look into the circumstances created by the then-Indira Gandhi-led government against Sikhs to execute Operation Blue Star.
The 1984 Operation Blue Star was the biggest internal security mission ever undertaken by the Indian Army. The Operation was Indira Gandhi's solution to the law and order situation in Punjab prevalent at that time due to the rise of Khalistan movement in India. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, ordered the military operation to remove Sikh militants who were accumulating weapons in the Harmandir Sahib Complex (Golden Temple) under Operation Blue Star which was carried out between June 1 and June 8, 1984, in Amritsar.
During Operation Blue Star, Khalistan supporters took over the Akal Takht complex in Amritsar's Golden Temple. The operation was specifically aimed to eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the Golden Temple complex and regain control over Harmandir Sahib. The casualties as per the official reports were 83 Indian Army jawans and 492 civilians throughout the whole Operation.