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Discover the latest developments as UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveils a groundbreaking partnership with India to combat Khalistani extremism. Get insights into their joint efforts, security measures, and the path towards a stronger UK-India alliance. Stay informed on this pressing issue.
On Friday, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that his government is collaborating closely with India to combat the issue of pro-Khalistani extremism within the UK. He referenced recent discussions between the UK and India regarding the growing instances of Khalistani extremism and emphasized that no form of extremism is tolerable within the UK.
Mr. Sunak arrived in New Delhi on Friday, accompanied by his first lady, Akshata Murty, to attend the G20 Summit.
“No form of extremism or violence is acceptable in the United Kingdom,” he said. That’s why we are working closely with the Indian government, particularly to address ‘PKE’ or Pro-Khalistan Extremism.” Mr. Sunak also noted that they are actively engaged in intelligence-sharing and cooperation through working groups with their Indian counterparts to eradicate this kind of violent extremism.
In August, the UK Security Minister, Tom Tugendhat, announced a funding boost of Rs 1 crore to bolster the nation’s capabilities in countering “pro-Khalistan extremism” following discussions with India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar.
Earlier this year, Khalistani separatists launched an attack on the Indian High Commission in London, causing damage to the premises and displaying disrespect towards the Indian tricolor. Similar incidents occurred at missions in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Mr. Sunak firmly asserted, “Such actions are unacceptable, and I will not tolerate them in the UK.”
During an interview with a news agency, Rishi Sunak also praised India’s successful G20 Presidency, describing it as the right host at the right time for the summit. He expressed optimism about productive deliberations and decision-making during the event.
Regarding the ongoing UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, Mr. Sunak expressed hope for the signing of an ambitious agreement. He emphasized that both he and Prime Minister Modi are eager to deepen and broaden UK-India ties, with the FTA being a priority. While acknowledging the progress made, he noted that there is still work to be done.
Furthermore, Mr. Sunak highlighted the desire to strengthen the security relationship between the two nations. He expressed enthusiasm for increased collaboration among researchers, the scientific community, and universities in both countries, recognizing their potential to create jobs and foster new businesses. He emphasized that the UK and India are leading powers in science and technology and that closer cooperation could yield significant benefits.