VANCOUVER: The federal government has a duty to help moderate Sikhs in Canada gain control of their community, External Affairs Minister Joe Clark says. Clark told a meeting with newspaper editors and reporters this week that most Sikhs are “playing by Canadian rules,” but a small group pursues extremism. “There, the choice of the Canadian government is quite easy,” he said.

“You support the people who are playing by the rules of the country.”

A letter Clark wrote last winter to the premiers asked them to stay away from events sponsored by the World Sikh Organization, the International Sikh Youth Federation and Babbar Khalsa, all of which support the creation of an independent Sikh state in India to be known as Khalistan.

Article extracted from this publication >> September 9, 1988