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NSA Doval to take tough stand with UK on need to curb Sikh extremists

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval

National security advisor Ajit Doval is likely to strongly take up with his UK counterpart Tim Barrow, at a meeting in London today, the issue of Sikh extremists being given a free run in Britain, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

At the meeting, which forms part of the annual strategic dialogue between the two countries, NSA Doval is also expected to discuss the issue of continued support to Pakistani groups in the UK that are carrying out an anti-India campaign and fuelling cross-border terrorism in Kashmir. Some British politicians have been backing these groups of Pakistan-origin because of their large vote-bank in some constituencies.

Although India has been raising the issue of Sikh extremists in Britain, the UK government has been dragging its feet over stopping the funds flowing to these groups through some gurudwaras controlled by radical groups in Britain. They have been spreading false propaganda about “atrocities against the community” in India. The Modi government believes that the UK is trying to justify violence in the name of freedom of speech and using these radical groups to pressure India.

While the Rishi Sunak government is eyeing the vast Indian market for its goods as the UK economy totters after Brexit, the British deep state with its pro-Pakistan tilt has been working against India. The nasty BBC documentary is also seen as a handiwork of the UK deep state.

NSA Doval is stopping over in London after a successful trip to Washington where he held talks with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan.

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