India-Canada Relations: The dispute has increased between India and Canada over the murder of Khalistan supporter Hardeep Singh Nijjar. After action from Canada, India also responded ‘tit for tat’.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday (September 19) that we are not trying to provoke India, but Ottawa (the capital of Canada) wants New Delhi to handle this issue properly.
What did Justin Trudeau say?
According to Reuters, Trudeau said, “The Indian government needs to take this matter very seriously.” We are doing the same. We are not instigating or trying to escalate this.” Trudeau has claimed a possible connection between Nijjar’s murder and agents of the Indian government.
In fact, along with making the allegations, Canada took action by expelling a senior Indian diplomat. A few hours later, India also took action and expelled the Canadian diplomat.
What did India say?
Canada’s High Commissioner to India Cameron Mackay was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs and informed about the decision to expel the senior Canadian diplomat. The Ministry of External Affairs said the move reflects India’s growing concern over “the interference of Canadian diplomats in our internal affairs and their involvement in anti-India activities”.
The Ministry of External Affairs strongly reacted to the statements of Trudeau and his foreign minister, saying that such baseless allegations are an attempt to divert attention from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been granted sanctuary in Canada and are a threat to India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. remain a threat.
The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the name of the Canadian official who has been asked to leave India within five days, but officials familiar with the matter said that the diplomat is Olivier Sylvester, station chief of the Canadian intelligence agency in New Delhi.
What has India said on Justin Trudeau’s claim?
India described Trudeau’s claims of a possible connection between Nijjar’s murder and an Indian government agent as absurd and motivated by vested interests. The Foreign Ministry said, “We have seen the statements made by the Prime Minister of Canada in his Parliament and the statements of his Foreign Minister and we reject them.” Allegations of Indian government’s involvement in any kind of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated by vested interests. ,
The ministry said the Government of Canada’s inaction on this matter is a matter of long-standing and continuing concern. He said that Canadian leaders openly expressing sympathy towards such elements is a matter of deep concern.
Hours before India moves to expel Canadian diplomat, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie announced that a senior Indian diplomat has been expelled from Canada over alleged links to the killing of Canadian Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. .
What is the matter?
Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar (45) was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, British Columbia province of Canada on June 18. India had declared Nijjar, living in Canada, as a terrorist under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in July 2020. ,