New Delhi: The Indian government has sought assistance from the United States in apprehending and extraditing Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who faces numerous charges in India including sedition, rioting, and terrorism.
Pannun has been the subject of over two dozen cases. Despite India’s efforts, Interpol has twice rejected requests for a red corner notice against him.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi confirmed the government’s appeal to the US and Canada, highlighting Pannun’s alleged crimes and seeking cooperation in bringing him to justice. While acknowledging the seriousness of Pannun’s threats, Bagchi cautioned against amplifying the voices of extremists and emphasized the government’s ongoing efforts to address the issue.
The announcement comes amidst heightened diplomatic engagement between India and the US, with FBI Director Christopher Wray scheduled to visit India soon. This follows recent visits by CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, who reportedly expressed concerns about the alleged Indian government involvement in a plot to assassinate Pannun in New York.
Additionally, US Principal Deputy NSA Jonathan Finer raised the Pannun issue during his recent trip to New Delhi, meeting with top Indian officials like External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval. Wray’s upcoming visit further underscores the ongoing dialogue between the two nations regarding this sensitive matter.