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Over 11,000 vote for Khalistan Referendum in Brisbane amid cyber attacks


Voters on the voting centre in Brisbane. — Writer
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BRISBANE: Greater than 11,000 Sikhs took half within the second part of Khalistan Referendum voting on the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre amid an enormous wave of Indian cyber safety mercenary assaults on the digital voting machines.

There was a disruption within the voting thrice because the digital on-line voting system got here beneath an enormous cyber safety assault by suspected Indian hackers. The primary assault was launched – and the system shut down – inside half-hour of the beginning of the voting. The system was restored inside half-hour. For the second and third cyber-attacks, the system was restored inside 20 minutes every time.

Professional-Khalistan secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which organised the referendum, stated it suspected that the Indian state-backed hackers have been concerned within the deliberate assault. The SFJ stated this was not the primary time that the Indian state had carried out so, as related makes an attempt have been made throughout earlier voting phases throughout Europe. It stated there was proof accessible that the Indian authorities was concerned in cyber-attacks in opposition to the Sikhs.

Massive banners in help of Khalistan and Sikhs’ rights hung exterior the Exhibition centre studying “Khalistan Referendum, Punjab, Shimla Capital” and “Khalistan Referendum, Secession of Punjab from India”.

The March 19 “Battlefield — Brisbane” Khalistan Referendum Voting Centre was devoted to Shaheed Bhai Harmeet Singh Bhaowal and Shaheed Bibi Baljinder Kaur who have been bombed to demise together with their nine-month-old son Pavittar Singh on December 5, 1992, by the Indian police power in Haryana.

The SFJ had organised the second part of the referendum in Brisbane, after the primary part of voting in Melbourne on the finish of January this yr noticed an enormous turnout of over 50,000. The third part and final leg of the Australian part is about to happen in Sydney in June this yr. The SFJ has organised the voting beneath the supervision of the Punjab Referendum Fee (PRC) voting on the Query of “Ought to Indian Ruled Punjab be an Impartial Nation?”.

SFJ’s Common Counsel and New York-based lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that Australian Sikhs have responded robustly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to cease Khalistan Referendum voting in Australian cities.

Pannun commented: “The worldwide Khalistan Referendum voting is setting the countdown for the ultimate battle for liberation of Punjab from the Indian occupation.”

Dr Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, President Council of Khalistan, stated that in a single after one other metropolis within the West, Sikhs have been popping out of their hundreds to solid their votes to specific their want for the creation of an impartial state of Khalistan for Sikhs. He stated that the Indian Hindutva state has denied even primary human rights to Sikhs in India and that was the rationale that Sikhs, residing exterior of India, have been expressing themselves defiantly, in search of freedom of Punjab from Indian occupation.

The voting within the referendum, which began in October 2021 within the UK’s seven cities, has additionally been held in Switzerland, Italy and two Canadian centres.

In keeping with the 2021 census, round 230,000 Sikhs reside in Australia however native Sikhs say the true quantity is near 300,000. The variety of Sikhs in Australia was 130,000 in 2016. In keeping with the census 2021, the variety of Hindus in Australia stood at round 700,000. The very best variety of Sikhs reside in Melbourne, adopted by Sydney and Brisbane.

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