Sikh leader Nijjar resurrected as 15,000 cast vote in Khalistan Referendum in first two hours

11:32 PM | 29 Oct, 2023
Hardeep Singh Nijjar
Source: Khalistan Referendum

VANCOUVER, CANADA – A record number of over 15,000 Canadian Sikhs voted in the first two hours at Canada’s largest Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdawara where Khalistan Referendum and Sikhs For Justice (SFJ Canada) leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was assassinated on June 18 this tear by the Indian state agents.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused the Indian government and its diplomats stationed in Canada of carrying out the killing of Nijjar who was leading the Khalistan Referendum campaign from the same Gurdwara where voting is taking place today.

Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was resurrected on Sunday morning as defying British Columbia’s freezing temperate, over 15,000 Canadian Sikhs voted in first two hours as queues stretching to two kilometres waited to vote in the Khalistan Referendum. 

US-based Sikhs For Justice is holding a second round of voting in British Columbia for its unofficial referendum to create an independent Sikh state in India. The second stage of the vote is taking place at the Surrey, B.C., gurdwara which has become the centre of attention after Nijjar’s murder. The voting will continue till 5PM, open to all Sikhs age 18 and over who have not yet voted on the matter.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the SFJ General Counsel and spokesman, said organizers are expecting "thousands" of voters after the first vote in September drew such large crowds that a second day of voting was deemed necessary.

Pannun says Canada's allegations about India's links to Nijjar's killing have significantly bolstered vocal support for the movement for Khalistan.

"The community has really taken it to a point where they have formed the belief that if they do not come out in large numbers, these killings will continue," Pannun said.

The previous voting on Sept. 10 came soon after Nijjar’s killing but at that time Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had not publicly said there were "credible allegations" of a potential link between the Indian government and Nijjar's killing.

Outside and inside the Gurdwara, large banners hung carrying pictures of “Enemies of Canada” with their names, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Sanjay Verma, India’s High Commissioner to Canada.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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