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Kashmir turmoil

Pakistan backs India's Sikh separatists as Kashmir tensions rise

New Delhi's worried over Islamabad's renewed push for an independent 'Khalistan'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor project held in November 2018.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- As India looks to resolve the issue of Kashmir's status, it finds itself facing another problem as Pakistan-backed separatists renew calls for creation of an independent Sikh state.

A number of India's Sikhs -- a minority religious group concentrated in the northern state of Punjab -- have for years been advocating for creation of the independent state of Khalistan on the border with Pakistan

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