India Canada Row: After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India, the diplomatic dispute between the two countries is increasing. On Thursday (September 21), India suspended its visa services for Canada until further notice. Meanwhile, Canada-based gangster Sukhdul Singh was murdered in Winnipeg. Justin Trudeau again gave a statement amid controversy. Know the big things related to this incident.
1. Amid deterioration in relations with Canada, India has suspended its visa services for Canada. India has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens in view of the current dispute. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that our High Commission and Consulates in Canada are facing security threats. Due to which their normal functioning has been disrupted. Therefore they are temporarily unable to work on visa applications. We will review the situation on a regular basis.
2. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said amid the controversy on Thursday that I call on the Indian government to work with us, take these allegations seriously and let justice be done. There is rule of law in our country. We have a responsibility to ensure that those processes unfold in a rigorous and independent manner and that is what we are doing. We stand for an international based system. We have to show how unacceptable it would be for any country to be involved in the killing of a citizen on its own soil. I can assure you that the decision to share these allegations on the floor of the House of Commons was not taken lightly, it was taken very seriously.
3. Justin Trudeau said that as I said on Monday, there are credible reasons to believe that agents of the Indian government were involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil. We call on the Government of India to step forward and work with us to find out the truth about this matter. I had a direct and candid conversation with the Prime Minister (Modi), in which I shared my concerns without any hesitation. There is no doubt that India’s importance is increasing in the world and India is a country with which we have to continue to work not just in one region but across the world. We are not thinking of provoking or creating problems. We will continue to do what is necessary to keep Canadians safe and uphold our values.
4. On this matter, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that this is a very disappointing development. Now we have to take action to ensure that it does not get worse. They are an important trading partner. We have valued our relations with Canada. I had hoped that Canada would also give importance to this relationship, but the Prime Minister’s statement has surprised me. We know that the government there is dependent on some support and perhaps that is why they needed to do this. Elections are also coming soon. So for all these reasons, Canadian politics has created a situation where a very valuable relationship between the 2 countries is in jeopardy.
5. Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has urged PM Modi to personally intervene in the matter and ensure the safety of Indian students studying in Canada. Bittu, Lok Sabha member from Ludhiana seat of Punjab, raised this issue by writing a letter to the PM. Bittu said that if you (PM) personally intervene in this matter to ensure the well-being and sense of security of the students and protect the interests of the large number of Indian students studying in Canada by protecting them from any possible consequences, I am grateful to you. Will stay.
6. Amidst this controversy, Sukhdul Singh alias Sukha Dunake, one of the most wanted gangsters of Punjab, was murdered by unknown people in Winnipeg city of Canada. According to news agency PTI, it is believed to be the result of mutual enmity between some gangs. There were 18 cases against Sukha Dunake, including murder. He was murdered on Wednesday night Canadian time. Duneke was from Duneke Kalan village in Moga district of Punjab and had fled to Canada in 2017. His name also came up in the case of murder of international Kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambian in March last year.
7. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and expressed hope that the dispute between the two countries will be resolved soon. Badal said that a large number of Punjabis live in Canada and they are nervous due to the deteriorating relations between the two countries. There are 18 lakh Indians living in Canada and most of them are Punjabi. I request the Government of India to find a solution to this as soon as possible.
8. India on Thursday asked Canada to reduce its diplomatic presence in the country. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the size of the Canadian diplomatic staff in India is larger than that of Indians in Canada and there should be parity in strength and rank equivalence in the mutual presence. We have informed the Canadian government about this. Their numbers here in Canada are much higher than ours. I think there will be a reduction from the Canadian side.
9. Chandra Arya, an Indian-Canadian MP from Justin Trudeau’s party, expressed disappointment over the glorification of terrorism and hate crimes targeting Hindus in the country in the name of freedom of expression. He said that I have heard from many Hindu-Canadians who are scared after this targeted attack. I urge Hindu-Canadians to remain calm, but alert. Leaders of the Khalistan movement are trying to incite Hindu Canadians to react and divide the Hindu and Sikh communities in Canada.
10. Canada decided to temporarily adjust the presence of its employees in India. Canada said that it is taking these steps as a precaution and to ensure the safety of its diplomats in India. The Canadian High Commission said Ottawa expects New Delhi to provide security to its diplomats and consular officials in India.
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