Sikh bodies demand British Parliament to pass resolution against Thatcher

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 17 Januari 2014 | 07.20

AMRITSAR: With the information going public that Special Air Service (SAS) of United Kingdom (UK) was involved in planning to attack Golden Temple in 1984 to help Indian army to flush out armed terrorists, " Sikhs For Justice" (SFJ) an international human rights group with the support of Sikh groups across the world has demanded that British Parliament should immediately pass a "Resolution that action of the then British Prime Minister M Thatcher of colluding with Indira Gandhi to attack the holiest of holy Sikh shrine was wrong."

The demand to pass resolution in British parliament was being supported by Sikh organizations from Punjab, UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. American Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (AGPC), an umbrella organization of Gurudwaras across United States, "Canadian Sikh Coalition" (CSC), an umbrella organization of Gurudwaras across Canada, Sewa 84, a UK based human rights NGO, "Movement Against Atrocities and Repression", a Swiss based human rights group, "Supreme Sikh Council of Australia", "Voices For Freedom", a US based human rights NGO, and All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), a Punjab based Sikh social organization, informed attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannu who is also legal adviser to SFJ on Friday.

Citing the statement of Winston Churchill who stated the "British people are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long time. I know that within this century we needed their help twice and they did help us very well. As a result of their timely help, we are today able to live with honor, dignity, and independence", Pannun said that unfortunately when the Sikh's needed the United Kingdom's help, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher betrayed the Sikh interests and assisted Indira Gandhi in planning the invasion of Harmandir Sahib " He said the British parliament must publicly acknowledge with a resolution that the assistance afforded to the Indians in 1984 and the participation of SAS Officers was wrong .

SFJ announced that a "Rally's would be held in America, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand in the month of February to mark the 30th year of UK's collusion with Indian government to attack Golden Temple and to push for a resolution in British parliament declaring that PM Thatcher's action was wrong.

In Delhi All India Sikh Student Federation handed over a memorandum to British ambassador demanding passing of resolution by British parliament.


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