WASHINGTON DC, USA—In a special meeting held at Sikh Cultural Society Gurdwara, Richmond Hill, NY on October 7, 2017, the advisors of the council unanimously elected Dr. Bakhshish Singh Sandhu of Philadelphia as the next President of the Council of Khalistan.
The meeting started with Ardas and one minute silent prayer for Dr. Aulakh. One by one all the present advisors paid homage to Dr. Aulakh and recalled the work done by him in US Congress for liberation of Sikh Homeland Khalistan. They all stressed on the need of continuity of the path shown by Dr. Aulakh and to elect a new leader to take the torch forward.
Dr. Sandhu’s name was proposed and approved unanimously by voice vote by all the present advisors.
Dr. Sandhu will soon call a meeting of all advisors to develop methods and programs which tapered off when Dr. Aulakh fell sick in 2012. He stated that the process and efforts for independence of Punjab, Khalistan must continue. He promised to work with all Sikh Jathebandis who share the goal of Sikh sovereignty.
S. Kuldeep Singh Dhillon, President of Sikh Cultural Society participated as an observer and hosted the meeting.
Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh was the President of the Council of Khalistan, an organization that supported the establishment of Khalistan, a sovereign Sikh nation in South Asia. He was the President of Khalistan, which was declared by the Panthik Committee (Sarbat Khalsa – Khalsa Panth) on October 7, 1987.
On October 7, 1987, Aulakh and his associates declared Khalistan’s independence from India. Dr. Aulakh was declared as the President. He was a successful lobbyist for Khalistan at Capital Hill, Washington DC.
He made several attempts to cut the US aid to India as a result of his lobbying. He was very well known face for some Congressmen and Senators. As the movement of Khalistan was sabotage by Indian government in Punjab resulting to close his office and operate from home. But since last few years he was struggling with old age issues and was bed ridden.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org