Pannun, an Indian-origin lawyer who is needed in India for secessionist actions, advised Pakistani journalists at Lahore Press Membership that the so-called “Punjab independence referendum”, which is against the law in India and never recognised by the Indian authorities, will probably be held in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh from January 26, 2023 to coincide with Republic Day. Many SFJ activists have been arrested in Punjab for sedition for selling the referendum. The unofficial referendum started in London on October 31, 2021 and has additionally been held in Italy and Switzerland.
Pannun, the overall counsel to SFJ, urged Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and international minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to “prolong diplomatic help to the democratic initiative of Khalistan Referendum and seize the chance of getting a brand new and pleasant neighbour – Khalistan — on the japanese entrance of Pakistan… As soon as liberated, Khalistan, in collaboration with Pakistan, will shift the stability of energy in South Asia and convey a lot wanted stability, peace and prosperity to this area (sic),” Pannun claimed.
SFJ’s so-called map encompasses areas of pre-1966 Punjab, which embody Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Sikh-majority areas in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Pannun claimed to the Pakistani media that Shimla can be the “future capital of a Sikh homeland, Khalistan”.