Re: Pakistani Sikh community Peshawar Attack
Lets also see Pakistani or d western sikh coming out in remembrance of d victims of Kanishka Bombing.
A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 Britons, and 24 Indians.
Canadian law enforcement determined that the main suspects in the bombing were members of
the Sikh terrorist outfit Babbar Khalsa.
The Canadian government was warned by the Indian government about the possibility of
terrorist bombs aboard Air India flights in Canada, and over two weeks before the crash,
CSIS reported to the RCMP that the potential threat to Air India as well as Indian missions
in Canada was high
Tara Singh Hayer, the publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times and a member of the Order
of British Columbia, provided an affidavit to the RCMP in 1995 claiming that he was
present during a conversation in which Bagri admitted his involvement in the bombings.
While at the London offices of fellow Sikh newspaper publisher Tarsem Singh Purewal,
Hayer claimed he overheard a meeting between Purewal and Bagri in which Bagri stated
that "if everything had gone as planned the plane would have blown up at Heathrow airport
with no passengers on it. But because the plane was a half-hour to three-quarters of an
hour late, it blew up over the ocean."
On 24 January that same year, Purewal was killed near the offices of the
Des Pardes newspaper in Southall, England, leaving Hayer as the only other witness.
On 18 November 1998, Hayer was shot dead while getting out of his car in the garage
of his home in Surrey. Hayer had survived an earlier attempt on his life in 1988,
but was paralysed and used a wheelchair. As a consequence of his murder, the affidavit
was inadmissible as evidence
Canadian journalist Kim Bolan has written extensively on Sikh extremism.
Speaking at the Fraser Institute in 2007, she reported that she still
received death threats over her coverage of the 1985 Air India bombing.
She had also called d khalistanis allies of Pakistani radical organisations.
Lord Bassam of Brighton, then Home Office minister, stated that International Sikh Youth
Federation (ISYF) members working from the UK had committed "assassinations, bombings and
kidnappings" and were a "threat to national security." The ISYF is listed in the UK
as a "Proscribed Terrorist Group"