Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the leader of the banned US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organization, warned of potential consequences if India persists in its presence in Punjab, hinting at a possible reaction.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Chief of Banned SFJ Group, Appears in New Threat Video. (Photo: India Today/@NorbertElikes)
In a recently surfaced video, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the banned US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organization and a known Khalistani extremist, issued a direct threat to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pannun warned that India should take a lesson from the Israel-Palestine conflict to avoid a similar “reaction” within its borders.
Pannun claimed that people living under illegal occupation, from Punjab to Palestine, would react, emphasizing the cycle of violence begetting more violence. He held India responsible for any consequences if it continued to maintain what he referred to as an “occupation” in Punjab.
Pannun asserted that SFJ advocates for peaceful change through “ballot and vote,” but ominously suggested that the “liberation of Punjab is on the cards,” presenting India with a choice between ballots and bullets.
This threat from Pannun came shortly after an FIR was filed against him for issuing threats and promoting enmity ahead of the India-Pakistan ICC World Cup 2023 match. The FIR was prompted by pre-recorded messages of him making threats on various social media platforms. Pannun also vowed “revenge” for the murder of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijar in Canada.
Pannun has been under the scrutiny of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) since 2019, facing accusations of advocating and commissioning terror acts and spreading fear in Punjab and other parts of India through his intimidation tactics. Non-bailable warrants for his arrest were issued, and he was declared a “Proclaimed Offender” (PO) in 2021.