Pakistani in US convicted of aiding Sikhs

December 22, 2006

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NEW YORK, Dec 21: A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday for providing financial support to a Sikh militant group in India. The federal jury in New York returned the verdict on Khalid Awan following two weeks of trial, the US department of justice said in a statement.

Awan, who lives in New York, was accused of providing money and financial services to the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), a Sikh militant group fighting for a separate state in East Punjab.

Held on federal credit card fraud charges, Awan reportedly made telephone calls to Paramjit Singh Panjwar, the KCF leader, and one of 10 “most wanted fugitives” in India, the statement said.—AFP