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In a recent interview with The Fifth Estate, a Canadian investigative documentary TV series, Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun outlined his ambitious vision for the creation of Khalistan, a separate state carved out of India. Pannun’s assertion that Khalistan will emerge within the next 11 to 21 years has reignited discussions surrounding the contentious issue of Sikh separatism and its potential implications for regional stability.

Pannun’s statement, while bold, lacks a concrete plan of action for achieving the goal of Khalistan’s creation. However, it appears that his strategy may involve leveraging the support of Western powers such as Canada and the United States to legitimize the idea through an unbinding referendum. By seeking recognition from influential nations, Pannun aims to garner international legitimacy for the Khalistan movement and bolster its credibility on the global stage.

As a Canadian and American citizen, Pannun is believed to have ties to intelligence agencies, notably the CIA, raising suspicions about potential deep-state backing for his separatist agenda. His organization’s endeavors to secure entry into the United States indicate a concerted effort to expand their influence and garner support for their cause beyond Canadian borders.

However, the Indian government views the Khalistan movement as a threat to national unity and territorial integrity, categorizing it as a form of separatism that undermines the country’s sovereignty. India has consistently opposed external interference in its internal affairs and vehemently rejects any attempts to support or legitimize the Khalistan cause.

The resurgence of discussions surrounding Khalistan raises concerns about its potential impact on Indo-Canadian and Indo-American relations, as well as broader implications for regional stability in South Asia.